Rhule encourages Baylor community at annual Kick-Off Luncheon

By Caroline Waterhouse | Broadcast Reporter

For the Baylor community, football is much more than just a sport.

Head football coach Matt Rhule proved just that last Thursday at the 30th Annual Kick-Off Sports Luncheon at the Baylor Club.

Before Rhule spoke about his aspirations for the upcoming season, assistant athletic director for broadcasting John Morris –– better known as Baylor’s “Voice of the Bears” –– announced two scholarships for local high school students presented by the Chamber of Commerce, followed by the annual Dave Campbell award.

Rhule spoke about the love of football, but more importantly, what it brings to the community. He said he loves practice and that his boys fight alongside each other every single day in practice. He also said he hopes everyone on his team strives for greatness, not just during the season, but every day.

“You know I hear people talk about football, they say family, family, family. I don’t really believe football is a family; I believe it’s a brotherhood,” Rhule said.

Rhule said when he thinks of family, he imagines he were walking with his kids. If his little girls or his son were trailing behind, he would carry them along and go slowly. With his team, however, he saidthey don’t slow down for one another –– they push each other forward.

Rhule’s team takes the field at 7p.m. Saturday at McLane Stadium to begin a new season and hopefully start off with a win.