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Report: Matt Rhule, Steve Wilks out of Colts’ coaching search

Head coach Matt Rhule of the Baylor Bears looks on as Baylor plays the Texas Longhorns in the first half at McLane Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Waco, Texas. Texas won 38-7. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – No sooner had Matt Rhule’s name been added to the list of candidates for the Indianapolis Colts’ vacant head coaching position than it was eliminated.

The Baylor head coach, who met with Colts general manager Chris Ballard earlier this week, informed his school he was staying put, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport also reported Thursday Carolina defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, who was scheduled to meet with Ballard this week, has “no plans’’ to follow through with that interview because the team appears “more focused on offensive candidates.’’

It’s believed the only offensive-minded candidates to interview at this point are offensive coordinators Josh McDaniels of the New England Patriots and Matt Nagy of the Kansas City Chiefs. Nagy was hired by the Chicago Bears Monday.

Other reported interviews – the Colts are not commenting on any aspect of their coaching search – have been with defensive coordinators Mike Vrabel of Houston and Kris Richard of Seattle.

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