And he may have been inspired by a couple of fellow Waco fixer-uppers.
When Rhule was still the coach at Temple, he had multiple job options when he chose Baylor, which was reeling from the Art Briles-era sexual assault scandal that crippled the program.
“We knew we were leaving Temple and we were trying to decide between a couple of jobs,” he said. “I thought our familiarity with the area based on the TV show helped.”
And when the decision was made, the show helped explain the move to their eldest child, sixth grader Bryant.
“The first thing [my wife Julie] did was show him a couple of episodes of ‘Fixer Upper’ just so he knew exactly where we were moving,” Rhule said with a chuckle.
The Rhules have been impressed with the Gaines’ commitment to the community their charitable work. And Bears’ fans have treated him well.
“I think people recognize that I didn’t have to take this job,” he said. “It [was] a hard job, not just for me, but the 30 other people who work for me who all made the decision to come to Baylor and come to Waco because we believed that we could do it and we could do it the right way.”