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Rice has a new leader in town. On Wednesday, the school agreed to a five-year deal with former Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren to be the next head coach of the Owls.

Bloomgren had been with Stanford since 2011 and served as the associate head coach and offensive coordinator this past season. He had also served as the offensive line coach from 2011-2012 with the Cardinal.

The new head coach takes over for David Bailiff, who was fired after 11 seasons with the program and a 1-11 finish in the regular season in 2017.

The Rice Owls will be under new head coach Mike Bloomgren in 2018. (File Photo: John Glaser/TexasHSFootball)

The football program is important to our university and this community. Mike Bloomgren is a bright, driven, and relentless coach who fits perfectly with our vision for championships on the field, scholarship in the classroom, and service to others,” Karlgaard said in a release, “I’m grateful to President Leebron for his support and assistance in recruiting the Bloomgrens to Rice. I can’t wait for Mike, Lara, Tyler, and Parker to join us in Houston.”

“I am excited and humbled to lead the football program at Rice,” Bloomgren said in a relase. “In my seven years at Stanford, I have seen firsthand how elite college athletics and academics can not only coexist, but thrive together. I want to create an environment at Rice where every player’s dreams are realized on and off the field.”

Per the school, Bloomgren is set to be formally introduced at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

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