With Rice sitting at 2-6 after an Oct. 20 loss to Tulsa, it appeared David Bailiff may have been entering his final month guiding the Owls football teams.
Now Bailiff is under contract to remain the Rice head coach for four more years. Rice Athletic Director Rick Greenspan announced this morning that Bailiff has received a three-year contract extension. His contract now runs through the conclusion of the 2016 season.
The financial terms of the extension were not immediately announced, and may not be since changes to the terms of an old deal are not required to be revealed for private institutions.
Bailiff is 30-44 in six seasons as Rice coach.
“We are building something special here, something that every Owl can point to with pride,” Bailiff said in a school-issued news release. “I have said over and over that I have the greatest job in the world because I have the chance to coach some of the greatest young men in America and I look forward to what these young men will accomplish in their time at Rice.”
Bailiff made a few hot seat coaching lists prior to last season after Rice went 4-8 in back-to-back season. That followed a 2-10 campaign in 2009. Nonetheless, Bailiff was widely praised for helping turn the 2012 season around.
The Owls won their final four 2012 regular season games to become bowl eligible. Rice defeated Air Force 33-14 to cap the season in the Armed Forces Bowl. That was Bailiff second bowl victory in his six seasons as Rice coach. The Owls hadn’t won a bowl game in five decades prior to Bailiff’s arrival.
“We were pleased with the manner in which the staff led our team to a successful bowl victory this winter and seek even higher levels of accomplishment,” Greenspan said.
Greenspan also applauded Bailiff’s work ethic and recruiting abilties.
“David Bailiff has worked tirelessly to build our football program and establish a solid foundation for future achievements on the field and in the classroom,” Greenspan said. “His recruiting efforts have been highly productive due to his great familiarity with the state of Texas high school coaches and his candor and integrity.”
The Owls have led Conference USA football teams in GPA in each of their six seasons under Bailiff. Rice President David Leebron said the university was very fortunate to have Bailiff as the Owls coach.
“He embodies the values of Rice – he cares about the lifetime success of our student-athletes, inspires them to succeed academically and encourages them to make positive contributions to our community,” Leebron said. “He brings the true historic spirit and integrity of intercollegiate athletics at Rice to all he does. He values achievement and excellence in all dimensions, has taken our team to two bowl games, and concluded this last season in a spectacular fashion with an exciting Armed Forces Bowl victory.”
Bailiff played football at Texas State and his first full-time collegiate coaching job was defensive line coach for the Bobcats. In 1992, he was hired as an assistant coach at New Mexico, but he returned to Texas State in 1997 as defensive coordinator and added assistant head coach responsibilities to his role in 1999.
He spent three seasons as defensive coordinator at TCU before returning again to Texas State this time as head coach. In his second year, Bailiff guided the Bobcats to I-AA semifinals. His coaching biography can be found here.
While some key players graduated, Rice returns nearly the vast majority of its starters in 2013. The Owls face what appears to be an easier conference path now that some former C-USA schools have been replaced by Sun Belt programs.
“We are working strategically to enhance facilities, budgets, schedules and other factors to assist his efforts,” Greenspan said. “David’s very positive relationships on and off campus make him a tremendous asset to our football program and athletic department. I look forward to working with David, his staff and team as we plan on a very successful 2013 season.”
Bailiff Coaching Record at Rice
- 2007: 3-9
- 2008: 10-3
- 2009: 2-10
- 2010: 4-8
- 2011: 4-8
- 2012: 7-6