Feb. 14, 2014
On the heels of Rice’s first outright conference title in football in 56 years, the Owls have rewarded head coach David Bailiff with a new five-year contract, Rice Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard announced on Friday.
"David Bailiff is exactly the right leader for our football program,” Karlgaard said. “He's a great coach, a genuine mentor to our kids, and a terrific participant in the community. I'm thrilled to work with a man of his caliber, and I look forward to his continued leadership of the Rice Owls."
“I appreciate the commitment that Rice has made to our program and to our vision for its continued growth,” Bailiff said. “We are building something special, thanks to the great work of our staff and the dedication and determination of our players to continue the momentum we have generated. As I have said, I coach some of the finest young men in the country and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to add to the legacy of Rice Football.”
Bailiff completed his seventh year at the helm of Rice Football by leading the Owls to the Conference USA title by defeating Marshall 41-24 and earning a berth in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The Owls finished the year 10-4, the third time Rice has won 10 games in a season and the second time in seven years under Bailiff.
He was named the C-USA Coach of the Year for the second time in his career and was a finalist for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award and shared the San Antonio Express News’ Sportsman of the Year Award with Larry Coker of UTSA. In seven seasons at Rice, Bailiff has compiled a 40-48 record, including a 29-27 mark in Conference USA.
The Owls placed a record 10 players on the 2013 All C-USA Football squad, including five first team selections. Off the field, the Owls were honored for the second time in the last four years by the Touchdown Club of Memphis with the American Football Coaches Association Academic Achievement Award after posting a 100% graduation rate.
Bailiff and his staff will welcome the returning members of the 2013 C-USA champions back to Rice Stadium on March 11 for the opening of spring drills which will conclude with the annual Blue-Gray Spring Game on April 11.