Art Briles a candidate at Texas, report says


Art Briles chatted up Mack Brown before Baylor beat Texas on Dec. 7. (LM Otero / AP)

The future for Art Briles may not be as certain as his new Baylor contract extension, which runs through 2023, would make it seem.

Briles reportedly is interested in the Texas job vacated by Mack Brown last week and, to add a little spice to the speculation about his future, he mused this week that he was intrigued about how his offense might fare at the pro level. Conveniently, there’s an NFL opening in Washington, where his former quarterback, Robert Griffin III, now works. But the Texas job is the one to watch with the Austin American Statesman reporting Wednesday that “Briles would accept the Texas job, if offered.” So far, Texas has interviewed Louisville Coach Charlie Strong and Vanderbilt Coach James Franklin, Orangebloods.com reported.

Briles, described by those who know him as a Lone Star state guy through and through, has been linked to the Longhorns’ job ever since it opened up and Orangebloods.com reported that he would meet with Texas officials possibly as early as today. Briles’s services would come at a steep price for any employer because of a buyout provision that the American Statesman pegs at $4 million (and acknowledges may be much higher). At the University of Texas, that’s chump change and it’s also a pittance in the NFL. Briles, whose former quarterback was on the sideline as he coached Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday night, joked about the Redskins speculation Tuesday.

“I don’t think I’ve got a missed call from [Redskins owner] Dan Snyder, do I? Okay,” Briles said. “It’s all rumors and speculation. I haven’t had any contact with anyone collegiately or [in the] NFL.”

He did sound intrigued, though, the day before Baylor lost 52-42 to Central Florida — on a theoretical level.

“As far as interest in the NFL, if we’re just being honest, which I like to be, the thing that would interest me would be our style of play at that level,” Briles said. “That’s the only thing that would attract anybody I think in a position that I’m in, would be the style of play. I like how we play from a philosophical, schematic standpoint. I know the rules are different. The limitations on the number of people available in a game. To me that works to an advantage. If they have 46 guys available, there’s going to be a few of them getting tired on one side of the ball.

“That would be the only thing that would spark my interest a little bit on that end. But it’s not something I would pursue.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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