One Colts coaching mystery has come to a quick end. Matt Rhule interviewed earlier this week and became the first confirmed college candidate that has officially interviewed for an open NFL head coaching spot. He was also easily the most under the radar candidate.
#Baylor coach Matt Rhule, following an interview with the #Colts, has informed the team that he elected to remain with his school, source said. ... Yes, he has rhuled Indy out.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 12, 2018
This is actually a great story for Baylor, who is still trying to recover from a sexual assault scandal that rocked the program and dealt a significant blow to its level of competitiveness. Rhule will work hard to rebuild the program through recruiting and try to have the same kind of impact at Baylor as he did at Temple.
While there are a lot of things to like about Rhule, there is little doubt that much of the Colts fan base will be relieved by this news. Taking an unfamiliar candidate who just spent his first season with a major program and finished that season 1-11 would certainly breed frustration through a fan base that has been holding its breath for years.
With that said, there is no doubt that the potential for fan frustration had little to do with the decision — and that Ballard would bring Rhule in if he seriously thought he was the best candidate.
The only known coaching candidates who have interviewed with the Colts and are still available are Josh McDaniels, Kris Richard, and Mike Vrabel. How many others Ballard has interviewed or how many he more he intends to interview is something that only he knows. Maybe he has already made his decision and simply has to wait out the playoffs?
Time will tell.