Big 12 Coach Matt Rhule Withdrew Candidacy for New York Jets’ Head Coaching Job After Learning He Wouldn’t Get to Choose His Own Assistant Coaches

Baylor coach Matt Rhule withdrew his candidacy for the New York Jets’ head coaching position when he learned that he wouldn’t get to choose his own assistant coaches, according to a report from SportsNet New York. The organization offered a list of assistants they would provide instead.

Without naming the Jets specifically, Rhule explained his stance on the job opening and his philosophy on a preference to hire his own coaching staff in a radio interview Friday.

“I don’t want to say anything about that job,” Rhule said on ESPN 1160 in Dallas. “At the end of the day, I’m never going to be in an arranged marriage. I’m never going to sub-contract out jobs for offense and defense. I’m always going to hire people I believe in — and are going to do things our way, that are going to believe in process, that are going to be part of a program. I truly believe that programs win.”

Rhule was among the final candidates for the Jets position before the team hired former Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase on Wednesday.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Scott Gleeson