Here are three takeaways from Baylor head coach Matt Rhule’s appearance during the Big 12′s weekly coaches teleconference.
Matt Rhule’s keys to team building
It’s no secret that Rhule knows how to build a team, and how to do so relatively quickly.
He grew Temple from a two-win team in his first season there to a 10-win team when he left. Then at Baylor, he endured a 1-11 season before leading the Bears to a 7-6 finish last season.
Rhule’s Bears are now 9-0, are ranked No. 12 in the AP Top 25 and are the only remaining undefeated team in the Big 12.
When asked during Monday’s conference teleconference call how he would advise other college coaches to build a team, he relayed two key points.
“Number one is to find the right people. That’s the right coaches and then go recruit the right people on your team. It’s not always about talent or what other people say someone is, to me it’s about toughness," Rhule said. "If you want to have a tough team, you have to have tough coaches. When you build something, you’re going to go through adversity and it can build character, but it’s a lot better if you get people with character and they can just reveal it.
“That’s the thing I’ve learned, is just to continue to be patient and don’t sway with the wind. Don’t change. I see a lot of coaches go through their first year and they fire a bunch of assistant coaches, to me, that’s not how you build something. You build something by doing one brick, one block at a time. So I think it’s just getting the right people and patience.”
Significance of hosting College GameDay
ESPN’s College GameDay announced via Twitter on Saturday that it is coming to Waco, Texas for Baylor’s upcoming matchup against Oklahoma. It’s the first time GameDay returns to Waco since the Bears fell to the Sooners on Nov. 14, 2015.
“GameDays are a fun thing. We had them when I was at Temple, it’s been here at Baylor before," Rhule said. "It should be a nice celebration of the university, of the city of Waco and I think it’ll do nothing but help us recruiting.”
College Football Playoff talk?
After a comeback triple overtime win over TCU on Saturday, Baylor found itself in some College Football Playoff talk on social media over the weekend.
But is that something Rhule and the Bears are buying into at this juncture of the season?
“Not for me. I hear about it from my 15-year-old son every day and I hear about it on social media and stuff,” Rhule said. “I think for use, we came into the season with a goal of trying to be a team that could make it to the Big 12 Championship game and with three games left, we still have a shot at that. ”So I think from our perspective, that’s really where our attention lies.
“I’m sure the players see all that stuff, pay attention to it, but I think our focus is purely on the conference and certainly on Oklahoma this week.”