After 11 seasons, Rice and David Bailiff are going their separate ways.
Bruce Feldman shared the following tweet this morning.
SOURCES: #Rice will dismiss head coach David Bailiff today. He'd coached there since 2007.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 27, 2017
After their game Saturday, Bailiff noted that he’d likely meet with administration on Monday morning.
Bailiff took over the Rice program in 2007, and after a 3-9 first season, led the program to 10 wins in 2008. He would go on to win 10 games again in 2013, and make a total of four bowl games, three of which he won.
But after that 10-win season in 2013, in the years that followed the Owls went on to win 8 games, 5 games, 3 games, and then just one game this past year.
Before becoming the head coach of the Owls, Bailiff led the Texas State program for three seasons, going 5-6 his first year (2004) before an impressive jump to 11-3 in year two followed by a 5-6 finish in 2006. Prior to that he worked his way up from assistant head coach / defensive line coach to defensive coordinator at TCU with previous stops at Southwest Texas State, and New Mexico at the college level.
The Rice job is one that many will find attractive, yet challenging. Texas never has a shortage of high school football talent, but the academic standards of Rice, along with progrmas like FAU, FIU, and in-state foe North Texas on the rise in C-USA make for a unique situation.
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