Baylor to hire Briles as football coach

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According to the Dallas Morning News, Baylor will announce this afternoon that Art Briles will be its next head football coach.  Here’s some info on his background from the story:

Briles was an immensely successful high school coach at Stephenville during the 1990s. The program was a Class 4A powerhouse, winning back-to-back state titles in 1998 and ’99. The 1998 team racked up 8,650 total yards, which was a national record at the time.

In six years at Stephenville, Briles was 91-11-1.

When Texas Tech hired Mike Leach, he needed someone with knowledge of Texas high schools. That person was Briles, who became the Red Raiders’ running backs coach in 2000.

Briles stayed in Lubbock only three seasons. While he was a solid recruiter, Briles was somewhat marginalized as Leach installed his own pass-oriented system. That prompted Briles to search for a head coaching job, and he landed back at his alma mater, Houston, prior to the 2003 season.

The Cougars started off 5-1 in 2003 and went to their first bowl game in seven years. UH was only one of seven Bowl Subdivision teams to score 40 points in at least seven games that year.

UH dropped back to 3-8 in 2004 but managed to go 6-6 the following year. Led by quarterback Kevin Kolb, the Cougars still had the No. 1 offense in Conference USA in 2005.

Houston enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2006 by going 10-4 and winning the C-USA championship. The team ranked 10th nationally in scoring (33.0).

One of the program’s marquee wins that year was a 34-25 win over Oklahoma State. UH suffered a disappointing 14-13 loss at Miami the following week.

So Baylor alums, is Briles the guy to lead us back to being competitive? Some onlookers speculated Briles wouldn’t even being willing to accept a position at Baylor.

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8 Responses to “Baylor to hire Briles as football coach”

  1. Lee Says:

    I am very sorry for the University of Houston, where life has actually returned to the football program after years of mediocrity. Two things sparked that life, one was renovating Roberston Stadium and moving back on campus out of the Astrodome. The other was hiring Art Briles as head coach.

    I believe Art Briles will succeed at Baylor. He is a master at recruiting, and put UH squarely in the middle of the competition for Texas high school players. He also knows how to get the best out of the players he has, matching their talents with positions. He’s done wonders with a program at the UH that has about half the athletic budget of Baylor. I would expect to see a greater level of success in his very first year, and steady improvement thereafter.

  2. BT Says:

    Christian brother?

  3. Gerald Bastin Says:

    It’s an OK hire, probably the best level that Baylor is going to be able to get.

    Not to be overly negative about this but a small dose of reality will do some good

    1. UH was in the middle of recruiting only AFTER Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M, LSU and Arkansas got done picking through the blue chippers

    2. Though Baylor may have twice the athletic budget as Houston, they are still way behind just about every other Big 12 school, so it may get you a win at Houston, but that’s about it.

    3. Baylor is a football coaching graveyard, you can’t possibly win there in a consistent manner while in the Big 12. If by some divine intervention (not out of the realm of possibility for Baylor) Briles does have a good season there you can bet some bigger school will hire him away

    4. Mike Singletary turned Baylor down!

  4. John Says:

    The press conference introducing Briles will be carried live at 5:30 at http://baylorbears.cstv.com/. I know this is late notice, but hopefully they’ll archive it for folks to see afterward as well.

  5. BT Says:

    Let me try again. Is the new coach a Christian brother?

  6. BT Says:

    From the article from the Baylor web site:

    “Art Briles embodies all of the qualities that we seek in our head football coach,” said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. “He is a Godly man who believes in the Christian mission of the institution, and demonstrates great personal character, integrity and commitment to education.

    Pray for our Christian Brother!

  7. Lee Says:

    From what I’ve heard and read, he is a Christian, and his family is involved in a local church here in Houston.

    Best they could get? Briles got UH to four bowl games in five years, and won a Conference USA championship. Mack Brown went to Texas from North Carolina with less of a record from a weaker program. Bob Stoops went to Oklahoma with no head coaching experience on the college level. And if you’ve paid attention to his recruiting record, you would know that under Briles, UH has picked up more blue chip players from the Houston area in particular in the last four years than any out of town school. Prior to his arrival, Houston area recruits avoided UH like the plague, mainly because its football program was.

    Singletary was a great player, and a great Baylor alum, but his coaching has all been on the pro level, he had no experience with developing college level players, no head coaching experience, and the 49’ers are not exactly doing well. For Baylor to get a coach of Briles’ calibre is a coup, and if they do not show both immediate, and long term, improvement, then something is wrong with the program itself, not just the coaching.

    Considering the job Mark Mangino has done at Kansas, and Gary Pinkel at Missouri, both programs I would consider to have been in worse shape than Baylor is now, Briles could do it at Baylor. Kansas is Mangino’s first head coaching job, and Pinkel came to Missouri after doing at Toledo what Briles did at Houston, except Briles has three more bowl games to his credit. You have to give Baylor credit, they are investing some real money in facilities, in recruiting, in coaching staff, and Briles’ salary will rank fourth in the Big-12 overall.

  8. Eric Guel Says:

    Overall I’m happy with the hire. Briles apparently has pretty good contacts with high school coaches in Texas. We’ll know for sure in four or five years.

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