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Baylor’s Art Briles: I can’t see myself anywhere else

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The Baylor Bears are lighting up scoreboards on a weekly basis and could be the new Big 12 team to beat this season. Meanwhile the turmoil in Austin, Texas could end up sending a the Texas Longhorns on a national search for a new coach in 2014. One of the names that would seem to make some sense at Texas, if Mack Brown‘s future is in a round of Final Jeopardy right now as many seem to speculate it is, is Baylor’s Art Briles. There is also a pretty attractive opening out in Los Angeles at USC that should grab the eyes of a number of candidates.

Briles knows people are paying attention to the success Baylor is having this season, and he is aware enough to know his name will be popping up in conversations relating to other potential job opportunities out there in the next round of the coaching carousel.

“The great thing about my situation is I don’t really pay attention to anything,” Briles said during an interview Wednesday on 105.3 The Fan. “It’s a week-to-week job, and all I am trying to do is just stay focused on the task at hand — and that task is making Baylor the best it can be.”

So far this season no team has been as good as Baylor on offense, not even Oregon. Baylor has scored 282 points in four games, surpassing the entire season’s worth of points of 31 teams in 2012. The only team to score more points to this date than Baylor is Oregon, with 296 points but in five games.

Of course, any conversation about a coach’s future inevitably gets to the money line in which the coach declares himself perfectly satisfied with his current job. To this end, Briles does not disappoint.

“I’m extremely happy here at Baylor,” Briles said. “We’ve got a good thing going and I can’t see myself anywhere else.”

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19 Responses to “Baylor’s Art Briles: I can’t see myself anywhere else”
  1. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 9, 2013 8:42 PM

    Briles has his chops. I hope he stays at Baylor. What would be the over/under on points scored in a Baylor/Oregon National Championship?

  2. tttrojan4life says: Oct 9, 2013 8:46 PM

    “I’m extremely happy here at Baylor,” Briles said. “We’ve got a good thing going and I can’t see myself anywhere else.”

    Translation: ” I will be gone real soon.”

  3. ajarkoski says: Oct 9, 2013 9:12 PM

    In your dreams Trojan man.

    There is a lot to be said for having a job where you are succeeding and the bar is about average as compared to going to a place where the bar is raised pretty high, making it hard to succeed. You can chase the money and easily get the best players there, but to do well with good players shows that the coach is what is making the team do well. Just like Chris Peterson. These are reall good coaches as compared to Stoops and Sabin do. True, you can get good players and not do well like Mack Brown, so there is credit to them too. But Peterson and Siles are better coaches to me.

  4. drummerhoff says: Oct 9, 2013 11:03 PM

    Amos,
    according to John Avello, executive director of the Wynn sportsbook, the total would be 100.

  5. red20019 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:30 PM

    He said the exact same thing a week before leaving Houston

  6. burm61 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:30 PM

    I’d go with the over.

  7. bbeaman78 says: Oct 10, 2013 12:00 AM

    Except Texas….if they called…just saying

  8. dcroz says: Oct 10, 2013 9:07 AM

    He may be perfectly happy at Baylor and may very well decide he’s going to stay there. On the other hand, what else do you expect him to say in the middle of the season? It’s what is said at the end of November/first of December that matters, not mid-October.

    Briles will be pursued by a lot of schools this winter if Baylor continues to be a success. We already know USC is open, Texas probably will be, Nebraska may be, and if any coaches leave big-time programs to take those slots, then the places they leave will be looking. He’s going to have plenty of options, and at the very least he’s going to get the folks in Waco to pony up some more cash to retain his services.

  9. mikefoxtrottango says: Oct 10, 2013 10:59 AM

    Mack Brown‘s future is in a round of Final Jeopardy…and he’s going full Cliff Clavin.

  10. hl1967 says: Oct 10, 2013 11:25 AM

    Here’s the deal with Briles…he’s a fairly private person and is a family guy. Baylor, while being a D-I BCS gig, doesn’t come with a lot of the requisite extras that being a coach at USC or Texas would have. Texas has soo many outside media commitments with the Longhorn Network, radio show, TV highlight show, and appearances/speaking engagements, that it takes a certain type of CEO coach to be there. USC is California. There couldn’t be a more mis-matched personality for a southern Calif setting than Art Briles. Besides, there is ZERO pressure at Baylor. Just get bowl eligible and everything else is gravy. He makes a strong salary, has 100% control over his program, and is about as respected among HS coaches as anyone (he’s one of them, after all). Texas and USC would love a coach like him, but the fit for both would be bad. There’s much, much more to being a coach at those places than X’s and O’s. Same at Baylor, but on a MUCH smaller scale.

  11. ancientcougar says: Oct 10, 2013 2:32 PM

    He was a great fit at UH as well. Can’t blame him for making the jump though(BCS vs NBCS) at the time. He put UH on the map and recruited Case Keenum and RG3 as well although he took him to Baylor when he left. I believe he has found his comfort level and that the School will give him the financial recognition that he deserves. They must be giddy with the excitement that he has brought to the program, not to mention the national recognition.

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 10, 2013 3:57 PM

    I’m extremely happy with Sumlin so don’t get me wrong, but if someone poaches Sumlin from the Aggies, I would hope A&M would give Briles a blank check and tell him to fill it out.

  13. artisan3m says: Oct 11, 2013 10:44 AM

    There is no way Briles leaves Baylor for Texas in the immediate future. No amount of money will budge him away from christening Baylor’s new $500-mil stadium next fall. The pressure to produce at Texas will be enormous. Art can avoid that while pushing Baylor to even higher national prominence. I don’t think Briles is a permanent fixture at Baylor but it will take a ‘down’ year for him to be tempted to go elsewhere. Make no mistake ~ Baylor will do what it takes to keep him in Waco. Frankly, I don’t think Briles is interested in anything other than Baylor right now. He’s not finished with his personal “project” which was not achievable at Houston but is at Baylor

  14. artisan3m says: Oct 11, 2013 10:44 AM

    There is no way Briles leaves Baylor for Texas in the immediate future. No amount of money will budge him away from christening Baylor’s new $500-mil stadium next fall. The pressure to produce at Texas will be enormous. Art can avoid that while pushing Baylor to even higher national prominence. I don’t think Briles is a permanent fixture at Baylor but it will take a ‘down’ year for him to be tempted to go elsewhere. Make no mistake ~ Baylor will do what it takes to keep him in Waco. Frankly, I don’t think Briles is interested in anything other than Baylor right now. He’s not finished with his personal “project” which was not achievable at Houston but is at Baylor

  15. artisan3m says: Oct 11, 2013 10:44 AM

    There is no way Briles leaves Baylor for Texas in the immediate future. No amount of money will budge him away from christening Baylor’s new $500-mil stadium next fall. The pressure to produce at Texas will be enormous. Art can avoid that while pushing Baylor to even higher national prominence. I don’t think Briles is a permanent fixture at Baylor but it will take a ‘down’ year for him to be tempted to go elsewhere. Make no mistake ~ Baylor will do what it takes to keep him in Waco. Frankly, I don’t think Briles is interested in anything other than Baylor right now. He’s not finished with his personal “project” which was not achievable at Houston but is at Baylor

  16. artisan3m says: Oct 11, 2013 10:46 AM

    Apologies for the triple post ~ it was not intentional. Maybe the ghost of Darrel Royal is playing tricks with my mouse.

  17. vengefulstar says: Oct 12, 2013 11:42 AM

    Briles son and his son-in-law are both on his coaching staff at Baylor. I doubt Texas will let him move his whole coaching staff over, so you do the math. I am 150% sure that he will be at Baylor next year. I’d bank on another secret contract and a higher undisclosed salary, but I’m positive the Horns will have to look elsewhere if they want a new coach. Look on the bright side, Texas… there’s always a chance Mack will beat OU today.

  18. v2the4 says: Oct 15, 2013 12:59 PM

    Briles will probably stay at Baylor for the long haul…thats why he said no to Arkansas last year..the guy is Texas bred and born….college student at UH and Tech….high school coach at numerous stops and made his name at Stephenville High….college coach at Tech, head coach at UH for four years and then doubled his salary overnight going to Baylor.

    Baylor football is rolling and he brought those guys back from the dead…they havent had this much success on the field since their 10-2 1991 season….thats 23 football seasons of being an also ran….prior to Briles coming, they had been in cellar of the big 12 south for all but one season, and never finished higher than fourth…..he beat UT and OU in the same season, a first at Baylor…

    he isnt going anywhere…sorry so cal

  19. pianoplayerjack says: Nov 2, 2013 12:11 PM

    Hey, v2the4, I don’t know what you are looking at, but you are wrong about Baylor’s last 10-win season. BU went 10-3 in 2011, RG3′s senior (and Heisman) season. The last 10-win season before that was my senior year 1980, when BU (with linebacker Mike Singletary)”went 10-1 in the regular season and lost to Alabama in the 1981 Cotton Bowl. In 1991, the season you mentioned, BU went 8-4.

    Sic ‘em Bears and Sic ‘em Briles!

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