The Colts have kept their interview list close to the chest, but there have been reports the team looked at Matt Nagy, who recently took the Bears head coaching position.
It's not uncommon for college coaches to interview for National Football League positions, but Rhule just finished his first season at Baylor, and the Bears were 1-11 in 2017. He became a top candidate to jump to a Power 5 school on the back of those 10-win campaigns, and somehow (for lack of better options?) chose to tackle the multi-faceted rebuilding situation at Baylor.
Rhule did not respond to a Tribune-Herald request for comment, and Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades declined to comment, citing Baylor personnel policy.
"[Cooper] has been instrumental in coordinating our recruiting efforts since coming with us to Baylor a year ago", said Matt Rhule, who just closed his first season as the Bears' head coach, per an official press release. He then coached Temple for the next five years and went 28-24 with the Owls. Per Rhule, he effected the majority of the success Baylor has had in that area during the 2017 season. That one-year gap in his college coaching resume was spent in the National Football League as offensive line coach for the New York Giants. Rhule is coming off of a 1-11 season with the Bears.