The Carolina Panthers have reached agreement to make Baylor’s Matt Rhule their new coach, a source confirmed to ESPN.
Rhule had been rumored to be in the mix for Carolina and the New York Giants, but the 44-year-old said in December that he planned on returning to Baylor.
The Panthers are hoping that Rhule can do for them what he did for Baylor, taking a struggling program and turning it into a national power. The Bears were 1-11 in Rhule’s first season in 2017 but went 11-3 this past season.
Rhule, who coached the Giants’ offensive line in 2012, replaces Ron Rivera, who was fired this past season after a nine-year run.
The Panthers finished 5-11 last season and haven’t made the playoffs since 2017.
Yahoo Sports was first to report Rhule’s hiring.