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Report: Art Briles would listen to Texas overtures, accept job if offered

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While most of the focus on Art Briles‘ future has been connected a potential move to the NFL, it could very well be an FBS program in Baylor’s home state that swipes the innovative head coach from the Bears.

The Austin American-Statesman, citing sources close to Briles, reported very early Wednesday afternoon that Briles would be willing to meet with Texas regarding its opening after the Bears’ Fiesta Bowl Wednesday night.  Not only would the coach be interested in listening to overtures from the Longhorns, the American-Statesman writes “that Briles would accept the Texas job if offered.”

Briles, who has deep roots in the state of Texas, has been connected to the vacancy ever since it was announced that Mack Brown would be stepping down after UT’s bowl game.  Briles has also been mentioned as a possibility for the opening with the Washington Redskins, where his former quarterback, Robert Griffin III, is viewed as the future of the franchise.

On that front, Briles acknowledged earlier this week that he’s intrigued by how his style of offense would fit at the professional level.

In mid-November, Briles reached an agreement on a new contract that would keep him in Waco through the 2023 season if he remains with the program.  While the details of the new deal are not available, it’s believed the buyout is in excess of $4 million and could be as high as $12 million.  A program like Texas, however, likely wouldn’t blink at an eight-figure sum

The American-Statesman also confirmed that Louisville head coach Charlie Strong had interviewed with athletic director Steve Patterson a couple of days.  The interview took place at an undisclosed location, after which Strong was told that the university planned on interviewing additional candidates.

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19 Responses to “Report: Art Briles would listen to Texas overtures, accept job if offered”
  1. sportsguy3434 says: Jan 1, 2014 4:41 PM

    Glad they interviewed Strong. They should interview Briles.

  2. bigjdve says: Jan 1, 2014 5:01 PM

    This guy is amazing, he just signed a 10 year extension a little over a month ago, and he is talking about he would be intrigued with going to the NFL, and now how he would accept the Texas job if offered.

    Why would anyone want this guy, he is seeming to be like Bobby Petrino,

  3. ancientcougar says: Jan 1, 2014 5:25 PM

    If Briles leaves, what are they going to do with that new stadium?

  4. jbones77 says: Jan 1, 2014 5:44 PM

    They’ll probably play football games in it, ancientcougar.

  5. realfootballfan says: Jan 1, 2014 5:45 PM

    Although I think Gary Patterson would be a better fit, this seems to be what Texas is looking for. Politics and roots in that state seem to be just as important as coaching football, and that’s why coaches from around the country from other regions are out of their wheelhouse.

  6. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 1, 2014 5:48 PM

    “If Briles leaves, what are they going to do with that new stadium?”


    They are going to need a bigger tarp…

  7. dcroz says: Jan 1, 2014 6:32 PM

    Did the Texas press claim they had inside sources that said Saban was going to Austin? I’ll believe it when the new coach is standing at the podium…no matter who it winds up being.

  8. dcroz says: Jan 1, 2014 6:34 PM

    Should be “Didn’t the Texas press claim….” C’mon, when are we getting an edit function on here?

  9. jmb795 says: Jan 1, 2014 7:34 PM

    They are going to need a bigger tarp…

    Now, that’s funny.

  10. jerrahsucks says: Jan 1, 2014 7:53 PM

    Saban is still available, Jimbos new contract doesn’t mean anything, Vince Lombardi is coming out of his grave because the Texas job is the best thing that ever happened to football. My god, you freaking Texas alums and big money idiots, can’t understand that it is a second rate job, and you will never never never get a big name coach to put up with your shit. So enjoy wooing Charley Strong ( a black man at Texas? yah right) Art Briles ( damn RGME let me pretend I coached him) and other second tier coaches.

  11. cmonpos says: Jan 1, 2014 8:47 PM

    Please, please Texas; do NOT bring crap to Austin. Why would Texas talk to folks who could NEVER do anything for a storied program again? I would rather have Mack Brown re-hired than get some run-down coaches.

    This is Texas folks, the Longhorns; not Oklahoma or Alabama!!!

    C’mon, we need a larger than life coach.

    This was Nick Saban or bust.

    Would mind Steve Spurrier, Kevin Sumlin, Jon Gruden, Lovie Smith, Jimmy Johnson (hell-yeah), Tom coughlin

    Now these folks can breathe some back into Texans who are tired of loosing.

    We Texans don’t deal in small change folks, you wanna run your mouth, well, we’ll run our oil money on your ass…we aint skeered of nothing. We like truble, and we’ll do anything to git us some good coach even if smackin ya mouth.

    Bevo is sick and tired of waitin’.

    Git r done

    Looks like we are bust…

  12. dcroz says: Jan 1, 2014 9:41 PM


    Spurrier: Too old, he’ll be 70 this year.

    Sumlin: Not likely to get the coach from you biggest rival, even if you don’t play them anymore.

    Gruden: Chucky loves the attention, but nothing more. He’s happy with his gig in the booth where he is getting paid very well for his opinion.

    Smith: Headed to the Buccaneers.

    Johnson: Would be an interesting hire, but I think he had his fill of Texas politics when he coached the Cowboys.

    Coughlin: The only one on this list that is a possibility, though I have no idea of whether he’d be interested, especially as long as he’s been in the NFL.

    As I’ve said before, though, the Longhorns’ pocketbook is deep enough that they can make a run at any number of quality coaches. They do have a real shot with Briles (and I’d even take a look at the guy he’s losing to at the moment, George O’Leary; imagine if Notre Dame had not gotten all up in arms over a minor fib on his resume) and Gary Patterson. And despite what they may say, coaches such as Les Miles, Mark Richt, Al Golden, and Jim Mora, Jr. will at least give the ‘Horns a listen with the right offer. The Texas job is a great one…for the right person. Who that will be is going to be interesting to watch.

  13. dhardy8207 says: Jan 2, 2014 8:56 AM

    I watched an interview they had with Briles on ESPN yesterday and he seems like a very down to earth, simple (not in a bad way) kind of guy who wouldn’t want to deal with the circus of the Longhorn network. They aired the story of how his parents were killed in a car accident trying to get to his game to watch him play. He doesn’t talk or carry himself like someone who would be blinded by the amount of cash UT could offer and seems perfectly content remaining in the area where he grew up.

    I think he’s done great things with Baylor and I did notice RG3 and his wife/fiancee’ standing on the side line last night, so the Briles to the Skins opening I could possibly see coming about.

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 2, 2014 10:24 AM

    Hits just keep on coming for the Bears…..

    Hope they enjoyed that little run. They got a Heisman, a BCS bowl, and a new stadium out of it….

  15. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 2, 2014 10:30 AM


    You think Briles would be closed to the idea of dealing with the LHN but open to the idea of dealing with the circus that is Dan Snyder?

    Briles will be wearing Orange and White in a few weeks.

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 2, 2014 10:33 AM

    How bad is though that Briles is talking about a potential move to Texas BEFORE the game.

    Maybe he wasn’t fully focused on UCF last night and that’s why his team didn’t seem fully focused… 17 penalties and uncharacteristically slow start on offense….

  17. dhardy8207 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:00 AM

    8to80texansblog says:


    You think Briles would be closed to the idea of dealing with the LHN but open to the idea of dealing with the circus that is Dan Snyder?

    Briles will be wearing Orange and White in a few weeks

    I made that comment because of all of the indeciveness that is going on at UT right now.

    Exhibit A: they hired a firm to weed out the candidates that are not right for the job but yet the “Billionaires” that surround that program came out trying to outbid each other over their own personal choices for head coach. That, in my opinion is a clear indicator that the next HC will not be Patterson or Powers recommended choice.

    Snyder may have idiotic tendancies but he’s invested millions in RG3 as their new franchise player and its no secret that he wasn’t jelling well with Shanahan. Now he needs to protect that investment and bring someone in that will be able to please his new golden boy. With the Skins Briles would only have to deal with one idiot billionaire, where as a UT they are apparently crawling out the wood work in droves to control the program’s decision on who will be the next in charge in title only….

  18. keebler657 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:16 AM

    What makes Kevin Sumlin such a great coach he has had winner already in place at both places his defense sucks.Let’s see what he doe’s with out star quarterback like Briles did this year.

  19. dhardy8207 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:43 AM


    “What makes Kevin Sumlin such a great coach he has had winner already in place at both places his defense sucks.Let’s see what he doe’s with out star quarterback like Briles did this year.”

    Sumlin has the #1 recruited QB (I think in the 2012 class) coming in after Manziel so I don’t think he has as much worry about the QB spot. His defense on the other hand is an issue as Duke was able to come out and jump on a lead quick. I would also be concerned if I were the Aggies about replacing Evans. He made Manziel look better in several of their games this year.

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