Baylor Coach Art Briles said Tuesday he had not been contacted by the Washington Redskins about their vacant head coaching job.
“I don’t think I’ve got a missed call from Dan Snyder, do I?” Briles told reporters as his team prepared to play in Wednesday’s Fiesta Bowl, according to the Orlando Sentinel’s account. “Okay.”
Briles, who coached Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in college, has been linked to the job openings in Washington and at the University of Texas.
“It’s all rumors and speculation,” Briles said. “I haven’t had any contact with anyone collegiately or NFL. My focus is on winning this football game, being a Baylor Bear. The six years I’ve been at Baylor, I’ve never interviewed while I’ve been there. I love the job. I love where I’m at. I love the people that I’m involved with. I feel very fortunate, humbled and privileged to be at Baylor University.
“You can’t control what other people say or do, but you can live your life, and time always tells. That’s kind of the way that deal goes. For Baylor, and I think for the Big 12, that’s a plus, that people would seek out one of our contemporaries in this profession, in this league, at this level.”
Briles did acknowledge he has a level of curiosity about how his system would fare at the professional 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, according to the Sentinel account. “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 [such as] 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.”
Meanwhile, ESPN reported that Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin will remain at the school and will not consider any offers from NFL teams. It is not clear if Sumlin was on the Redskins’ list of candidates.
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