Rhule to players: ‘I love you and this team’

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Matt Rhule apologized to Baylor players Tuesday in a text after the news broke that he has been named head coach of the Carolina Panthers saying, “I love you and this team.”

Matt Rhule apologized to Baylor players Tuesday in a text after the news broke that he has been named head coach of the Carolina Panthers saying, “I love you and this team.” (Staff photo/file)

“I’m sorry you guys are hearing about this through the media,” Rhule said in the text.

“I have a unique chance to go try to win a Super Bowl and take the process to the NFL. I hope you understand. I’ll be here in town so please come see me at any time,” he wrote.

KWTX has learned that assistant coach Joey McGuire, who is rumored to be a candidate for the full-time position, will take over as interim head coach.

ESPN reported Rhule was offered a $60-million contract with Carolina.

Rhule becomes the fifth head coach in team history for the Panthers.

Once source told KWTX, Rhule's agreement with the Panthers was partially tied to a role in the search for a new general manager.

Carolina still has Marty Hurney under contract in that role.

However, reports out of Charlotte have cast doubt on Hurney’s future with the organization since the season’s end.

The Panthers interviewed the 44-year-old Rhule Monday.

The New York native was scheduled to interview with the New York Giants in New Jersey Tuesday.

Rhule has a college head coaching record of 47-42; engineering successful turnarounds at both Temple and at Baylor.

He is the first head coach hired under new Panthers owner David Tepper.

The hire would indicate Rhule will also be able to have the last word on his coaching staff.

One year-ago, the former Baylor coach and the New York Jets were unable to agree on how he would assemble his assistant coaches, if he was hired by the organization.