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The Baylor Bears lost Matt Rhule to the Carolina Panthers and need a new head football coach. They might have a top candidate in mind as a replacement.

Baylor is targeting current Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente for its vacancy, according to a report from Pete Thamel of Yahoo!. Thamel says Fuente is considered the leading candidate for the job and is planning an interview within the next day.

Fuente, 43, has been the head coach at Virginia Tech the last four seasons. He is 33-20 with the Hokies, including 8-5 this season. Fuente previously coached at Memphis and went 26-23 over four seasons. Memphis went 10-3 and 9-3 in his final two seasons leading the Tigers.

Baylor was a job many wouldn’t have wanted to touch following the Art Briles scandal, but Rhule took over and built the team back up. The Bears reached the Big 12 championship game this season and went 11-3.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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