Former Rice coach David Bailiff is back, taking the Texas A&M Commerce job a year after he left Rice. The football program at A&M Commerce was in the market for a new coach after Colby Carthel left Commerce to take the SFA job.
The Lions won the 2017 Division II National Title and three conference titles during Carthel’s six seasons. The Lions went 59-18 overall and 35-8 in the Lone Star Conference during Carthel’s run. Before Carthel, the Lions won ten games in four seasons under former Baylor coach Guy Morriss.
Bailiff in the meantime spent eleven seasons at Rice, winning ten games twice, and going to three bowl games. The 2008 Owls won ten games and went to the programs first bowl game in 47 years. In 2013, Rice won its first conference title since 1957. His last few seasons at Rice the Owls fell on hard times again and after a 1-11 season.
Prior to Rice, Bailiff led Texas State to a semi-final appearance in 2005. Bailiff cut his teeth under Dennis Franchione at New Mexico and TCU and later under Gary Patterson at TCU. He played at Southwest Texas in the late 70s and early 80s.
Bailiff is one of the good guys in coaching, glad to hear he’s back in the business.