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NFL Media ranks Baylor HC Art Briles as the No. 11 most attractive college head coach to the NFL.
Briles has produced a Heisman Trophy winner (Robert Griffin III) and back-to-back Big 12 titles at Baylor, nearly unthinkable feats one decade ago. "The lifelong Texan might only consider the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans as destinations if he were to ponder a jump up in competition," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "He's said that the thought of coaching in the NFL intrigues him. His brash attitude would fit in just fine, but the really fascinating part would be to see how his version of the spread offense would translate in the NFL. Fret not, though. Briles is no stranger to power-run schemes and knows multiple offenses that could help him adapt to the next level. He's ready for the NFL, but the NFL might not be ready for him just yet." Coaching at only locations previously viewed as unattractive, Briles boasts a 89-62 career record. Jun 8 - 5:29 PM

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NFL Media ranked Baylor HC Art Briles as the No. 3 head coach in the country.

"His high-flying offense produced a Heisman Trophy winner (Robert Griffin III), but capturing back-to-back Big 12 titles with the Bears earns him a spot high on this list," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Briles finds a way to pick opponents apart. He has brought plenty of moxie and swagger to the Bears' program, too." Before resurrecting the Bears, Briles did the same with Houston. Prior to that, he was one of the country's most innovative high school coaches. The 89-62 career record doesn't jump off the page, but it's stunning when compared to the records of the schools he took over in the years preceding when he did so. Briles is as gifted as any teacher in the industry right now.
Jun 2 - 10:41 PM

Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said Thursday that he is in negotiations to upgrade the Bears' nonconference schedule over the next five years.

"We’re having some interesting discussions right now," McCaw said. "We’re certainly open to playing a Power 5 team not every year, but a good number of years." Baylor, of course, narrowly missed the playoffs last year, mostly because of its weak nonconference schedule. It gets no better in 2015, as Baylor plays SMU, Lamar and Rice. In the future, the Bears have commitments to play Northwestern (La.) State (2016), Liberty (2017), UTSA (2017-19), Abilene Christian (2018), Incarnate Word (2019) and Louisiana Tech (2020-22). "We’re in a different spot than we were when we scheduled the teams last year and this year," McCaw said. "Obviously, as we’ve won back-to-back Big 12 championships and our program is on the national stage and we’re recruiting at an extremely high level, we’re able to take on a higher level of competition."
May 31 - 4:42 PM

Baylor coach Art Briles expressed frustration that the Big 12 and its region were not represented on the playoff committee.

"I think the committee needs to be a little more regionalized with people that are associated with the south part of the United States," Briles said. "I'll say that. I'm not sure if there's a connection on there that is that familiar with the Big 12 Conference. To me, that's an issue." In the final standings, the Big 10's Ohio State earned the last playoff berth, while the Big 12's Baylor and TCU finished No. 5 and 6, respectively. "I hate it for the Big 12," Briles said. "I think the Big 12 is a great conference. I don't think there's any doubt that it's certainly one of the stronger leagues in America. I think the way the format played out, the waters got muddied a couple weeks ago with saying we'd be presented as co-champs. I think that hurt the cause for both of us, quite honestly." Baylor will meet No. 8 Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 11:49:00 PM

Prior to Sunday's Playoff Selection announcement, Baylor coach Art Briles blasted Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby and the conference's stance on co-champions.

Briles was testy with Bowlsby on the stage after the Big 12's trophy presentation on Saturday. "You know, if you're going to slogan around and say there's 'One True Champion,' all the sudden you're gonna go out the back door instead of going out the front?" Briles said. "Don't say one thing and do another." Baylor, of course, beat TCU 61-58 in October, and both finished 8-1 in the Big 12. Bowlsby, citing conference policy, declined to name Baylor as outright Big 12 champions, which the playoff committee suggested hurt the Bears' cause. Bowlsby said Sunday that the conference will re-visit the way it determines a champion this off-season. That might mean lobbying the NCAA to allow a 10-team league to hold a Championship Game, or it may mean expanding the Big 12 back to 12 teams.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 03:02:00 PM

Baylor finished No. 5 in the College Football Playoff standings.

The Bears were the highest-ranked squad excluded from the four-team field. Selection Committee Chair Jeff Long intimated that Ohio State's win in a "13th game" -- Saturday's blowout of Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game -- helped OSU stamp a ticket into the playoff ahead of both the Big 12's candidates, Baylor and TCU. "We were faced with co-champions, and that's what was given to us by the conference, and we weighed that," he said. The Big 12, which isn't allowed to hold a Conference Championship Game due to only having 10 members, is crying foul at that explanation. "It's clear we were penalized for not having a post-season championship game," said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. "It would have been nice to know that beforehand." Long said Baylor's weak non-conference schedule also played a factor in its final slotting. Bowlby called Sunday's standings a "wake-up call" with regard to non-conference scheduling strategy.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 02:15:00 PM

Six of seven writers at the Dallas Morning News placed Baylor over TCU in a recent survey.

A survey of writers doesn't mean much, but it is telling that people close to both teams seem to view Baylor as being a superior outfit to their Big-12 rivals. Baylor has the benefit of a win over TCU, something which could potentially become a headache for the playoff committee if the Bears and Horned Frogs end the season tied atop the standings. As is, in the most recently released ranking, the committee had TCU ranked at No. 5 and Baylor at No. 7, with Ohio State splitting the middle of those two.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:00:00 PM

In the event of a tie atop the Big-12 at the end of the season, CFP executive director Bill Hancock issued a statement saying, "The conferences will advise the [playoff] committee who their champions are. If a conference has co-champions, then the committee will take that into consideration."

The Big-12 is one conference that goes with co-champions in the event of a tie at the end of the season. The issue for Baylor and TCU is that the Bears already beat the Horned Frogs, coming back from down 21 points in the fourth quarter. Yet TCU is currently ranked ahead of Baylor and could make the college football playoff ahead of them, despite the head-to-head loss. Baylor wraps up its season with Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, while TCU finishes with Kansas and Texas.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 09:48:00 PM

Baylor coach Art Briles admitted that he was intrigued by the Texas coaching vacancy.

"There was some conversation but not to extent I felt like I cheated on my wife," Briles said. Briles has proved to be one of the nation's best coaches since arriving in Waco, starting out his tenure with the moribund program with a pair of 4-8 seasons before gradually building to last season's Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl appearance. Texas also flirted with Nick Saban before settling on Charlie Strong.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 10:20:00 PM

Baylor coach Art Briles is intrigued by the idea of coaching in the NFL.

"I think it would interesting; it's kind of intriguing to me. As opposed to 20 years ago when it was a trickle-down effect (from NFL to college), it's a trickle-up effect now," Briles said. "I think everything's trickling up from high school, to college to the NFL. That's why the game's getting more open, more exciting and more diverse. To me, as a guy who deals with things on the offensive side of the ball most of the time, I think it would be very exciting to get to the NFL level with this type of scheme and see what happens." It's great to hear that Briles' high-flying offense would follow him if he decided to move on to the pros, but we're hoping he keeps it in the collegiate ranks.
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 08:19:00 PM

On Fox Sports "The Audible" podcast, Baylor coach Art Briles notes that Baylor's fast rise was due to a "prolonged, daily drive to reach national relevance."

"The rise might have seemed fast on the outside, but inside the program it's been a prolonged, daily drive to reach national relevance," Briles said on "The Audible" podcast. In the last six years at Baylor, Briles has compiled forty-four wins to thirty-two losses. However, in the last three years Briles has gone 29-10 during Baylor's rise to relevancy.
Source: Fox Sports
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 03:01:00 PM

Baylor released a statement from coach Art Briles in which the coach reaffirmed his commitment to the school.

"I have no desire to pursue other coaching positions," Briles said, via the statement. "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." Briles signed an extension in November that runs through 2023. He reportedly drew interest from the Texas Longhorns and Washington Redskins, amongst others.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 09:57:00 PM

Texans beat writer and Baylor graduate John McClain reports the school's HC Art Briles is not "going anywhere."

"For all you Baylor fans worried that Art Briles might be leaving for the University of Texas, or any other job, forget about. Briles won’t be going anywhere," McClain writes. The Texans' writer is one of the best in the business and is well connected at his alma mater. Along with Texas A&M, Baylor is absolutely catching up to Texas in terms of state football prominence. Both schools have been more successful than the Longhorns in recent years.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 11:06:00 AM

Baylor coach Art Briles would accept the Texas head coaching job if it were offered to him, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Briles will reportedly take an interview if the Longhorns are interested. Briles signed an extension in November that runs through 2023. The buyout of that contract is between $4-12 million, according to reports. In addition to the Briles news, the Austin American-Statesman confirmed that Louisville coach Charlie Strong had interviewed with athletic director Steve Patterson for Mack Brown's old job.
Wed, Jan 1, 2014 10:15:00 PM

Liberty Mutual announced its 10 Coach of the Year award finalists on Tuesday.

The finalists include Art Briles, Baylor; David Cutcliffe, Duke; Mark Dantonio, Michigan State; Guz Malzahn, Auburn; Urban Meyer, Ohio State; Jim Mora; UCLA; Bill O’Brien, Penn State; Nick Saban, Alabama; Dabo Swinney, Clemson; and Todd Graham, Arizona State. For no good reason, apparently, No. 1 Florida State's Jimbo Fisher was not nominated.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 04:29:00 PM