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Baylor’s Art Briles admits to interest in Texas vacancy

Art Briles

When a dream job comes along, few reasonable people would likely fault anyone for exploring the possibility of leaving all that you have built behind to take the new opportunity. Fortunately for Baylor, their head coach shrugged aside the idea of coaching at Texas this past offseason.

Baylor head coach Art Briles took over the desolate and often hopeless program prior to the 2008 season after a successful stint as a head coach at Houston. Briles was asked to do what seemed to be impossible; turn Baylor football into something worth respecting in the Big 12. After starting out his career in Waco with identical 4-8 seasons, the building blocks were starting to form a foundation and Baylor broke through with a 7-6 record in 2010, the first winning season for the Bears since 1995 in the old Southwest Conference. The next season Robert Griffin III exploded on the scene to win the Heisman Trophy and lead Baylor to a 10-win season, a top 25 finish and the first bowl win for the school since the 1992 season. Last year Baylor won the Big 12 championship and played in the Fiesta Bowl. As far as stock is concerned, Briles may have peaked and could have cashed in.

This is why it only makes sense that Briles would not only be one of the top candidates for the vacancy in Austin, once Texas found a way to move on from Mack Brown, but Briles also had an interest in the job. Was Briles interested? You bet. Yesterday while moving through the ESPN car wash with a stop on the Paul Finebaum radio show, Briles admitted as much.

Briles, of course, chose to stay where he is at Baylor at a big time for the program. The Bears are coming off the first Big 12 championship in school history, appear to be a threat once again in the conference and move into a brand new football stadium this season. Times are good for Baylor. Briles is a big reason why, and it is nice to see someone choose to stay put to see through it all, especially when it is very likely Texas could have made Briles a wealthier man for years to come.

Texas may not have nabbed Nick Saban from Alabama, but the Longhorns ended up with a pretty good coach anyway by hiring Charlie Strong away from Louisville.

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7 Responses to “Baylor’s Art Briles admits to interest in Texas vacancy”
  1. mogogo1 says: Jul 25, 2014 11:30 AM

    Briles seems like a great guy and I bet he has days where he pinches himself just to prove he’s not dreaming. He was still coaching high at the age of 44 in ’99. What a whirlwind he’s seen since then.

  2. mogogo1 says: Jul 25, 2014 11:30 AM

    high school…

  3. ancientcougar says: Jul 25, 2014 11:46 AM

    He turned the UH program around and deserves any job in football that he would go after.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 25, 2014 1:28 PM

    Can you imagine Briles at Texas….? If he can do that to Baylor, and lets be honest, Baylor was a perennial doormat before he got there.

    Strong I think is a good hire, but other than Saban, could you have done better than Briles?

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 25, 2014 1:28 PM

    ancientcougar says:
    Jul 25, 2014 11:46 AM

    He turned the UH program around and deserves any job in football that he would go after.
    ___________________________

    Coogs were winless the year before he showed up too…

  6. raiderufan says: Jul 25, 2014 1:59 PM

    I’m glad he said he did….just feels disengenious to see he wasn’t. We know better so why lie?

    That said…I’m glad he stayed. I want so badly for a great coach to stay at a school not known for greatness and bring them all the way there. I get tired of chasing dream jobs….stay at one you didn’t expect and make it someone else’s dream to be there.

  7. patbocam says: Jul 25, 2014 2:41 PM

    Texas doesn’t deserve Briles.

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