Posted January 03, 2014

Art Briles: ‘I am a Baylor Bear’

Art Briles, Baylor Bears
Art Briles led Baylor to the first Big 12 championship in school history. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Art Briles led Baylor to the first Big 12 championship in school history this season. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Baylor head coach Art Briles has been rumored as a candidate for the open position at Texas for several weeks. But it seems Briles has now taken himself out of the running for what many consider to be the best job in college football.

In a statement released by the school on Friday, Briles cemented his decision to remain with the Baylor program.

“I have no desire to pursue other coaching positions,” Briles said. “As I’ve said many times, I am both humbled and honored to be the head coach at Baylor University, and believe we have something special going here. I look forward to leading the Bears onto the field next fall at McLane Stadium and defending our Big 12 championship that our players and coaches worked so hard to win this season.

“There is tremendous excitement for our program’s future, and I look forward to many more great seasons at Baylor,” he added. “There is tremendous commitment from our University leadership, athletic administration, coaches and student-athletes – it truly is a great time to be a Baylor Bear.”

Prior to releasing his statement, Briles posted a tweet Friday that implied he was sticking with the Bears.

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The Bears’ coach had been one of the presumed favorites to take over for the departed Mack Brown at Texas. Briles knows the Lone Star State well. He spent 16 seasons as a high school coach in Texas before embarking on a career in college football, and he spent six seasons at Houston before arriving at Baylor in 2008.

Briles is 44-32 in six seasons with the Bears, who won their first Big 12 title this year with an 11-2 campaign. He signed a 10-year extension at Baylor earlier this season worth about $4 million per year.

24 comments
Darrell1
Darrell1

Why do so many college football fans take great delight in bashing Baylor when Alabama did the exact same thing in their bowl game? Never mind. That's just the way of the a**holes on the Internet.


Briles wasn't a good fit at UT for a number of reasons, though they may have given him a courtesy chat. He's on the old side for UT (58), the Horns would be unlikely to hire a head coach from another Texas school (superiority complex, plus no need to pump up an in-state rivalry); and I suspect he's not a good cultural fit at UT (not particularly telegenic, and I don't think the Horns could see themselves running a Baylor-style offense.)


Briles is set for the rest of his coaching career at Baylor. He's got a good thing going, with good job security and good pay (an estimated $4.5 million per). No need to leave.

Darrell1
Darrell1

Why do so many college football

dandogwood
dandogwood

Briles was out coached by O'Leary and looked inept against UCF.  Just another old redneck who played a weak schedule was Briles.

championbc
championbc

 Why is anyone surprised at this?  Briles has done a great job, and is in the right place.  Why would he want to go try to rebuild the foundations at Texas.  He's got a great recruiting program, a new stadium on the way, and the awe of Baylor fans everywhere.  I'm amazed that anyone even suspected he would want to go elsewhere.

donald5
donald5

Seems like the only thing Texas has accomplished so far is getting extensions for most of the top coaches in the country.  

_chewbucca
_chewbucca

It seems to me that Texas is not actually the best job in college football, despite the media trying to paint it as such. The scope of all the non-football related duties may be keeping coaches away. It's not enough to win games.

The coach has to fill time in a TV network, Play judge Judy to the Big 12, negotiate Texas politics and help little Timmy beat cancer each year. The gig isn't what it use to be.


6marK6
6marK6

I think any talk about Briles died on UT's end when Baylor got whipped by Central Florida. 

Listening
Listening

I guess Texas told him no.  I still think Briles is a great coach and he will do well for Baylor.

Joel1
Joel1

"Uh, I only talked to Texas three times....maybe four.


Only flew to Austin twice while my team was still playing."

dandogwood
dandogwood

George O'Leary just embarrassed Briles in front of all America.  Texas doesn't need that.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Briles is coming to Washington to coach Robert Griffin. Mrs. Briles was seen looking at houses in DC. At least, that's what I heard. 

dandogwood
dandogwood

That's is Briles way of saying texas told me I am not a candidate to replace Mack as I am 58 years old and just got butt embarrassed by UCF on national TV.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@6marK6For some reason I suspect that most people who vet and hire coaches base their decisions on more than just the last game that the guy coached.

donald5
donald5

@dandogwood  He needs to get embarrassed by the likes of Ole Miss and BYU to be considered

BenMyers
BenMyers

@dandogwood haters gonna hate.  10 pt loss to another underdog team that was "not supposed to be contending for a BCS Bowl game" is hardly getting embarrased.

BBBigster
BBBigster

@stagger @SashaDRobinson @SInow @espn Let me get this straight.  Texas just forced out a coach who had lead the team to NC just 7 years ago and had respectable records past 3-4 years, albeit not up to the so called "Expectations".  Why leave a place from where you could win the NC to a place where 8-4 is enough to get you fired?

Darrell1
Darrell1

@6marK6 @BBBigster @stagger @SashaDRobinson @SInow @espn The Big 12 is not a weak conference. Where did you get that information? It may have been down a little this year, but year in, year out, it's in the top 2 or 3 leagues in the country, and I don't think there's much doubt about that.