Art Briles, Bill Cowher shoot down rumors regarding coaching moves


Art Briles says that he is staying at Baylor. (LM Otero/Associated Press)

Baylor head coach Art Briles announced Friday morning that he is not leaving the school for other coaching opportunities. Meanwhile, Bill Cowher also dismissed the notion that he is ready to return to coaching.

Briles had been rumored to have interest in the University of Texas job, and his name had been linked to the Redskins because of his relationship with quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Despite the relationship and rumored interest, two people with knowledge of the situation had said in the past week that they thought it highly unlikely that a Briles-Griffin reunion would take place. One called it “a long shot” for Briles to leave Baylor at all, whether for a job in the NFL or at another college, and another said that the Redskins didn’t have plans to pursue Briles.

Briles squashed the rumors on Friday morning when he tweeted, “Contrary to reports and rumors I am a Baylor Bear – 2013 Big 12 Champs.”

He later released a statement on the school’s Web site:

“I have no desire to pursue other coaching positions,” he 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.”

On the same morning, Cowher, the former Pittsburgh Steelers coach, said Friday morning that there was “nothing to” the reports that he was planning to return to coaching. Cowher’s name had also been linked to the Redskins, but general manager Bruce Allen said on Thursday that contrary to reports, the team had not spoken to Cowher about the coaching vacancy.

Cowher addressed his future on CBS This Morning, and said that it was highly unlikely that he would return to coaching in the near future, and that he hasn’t been contacted by the Redskins.

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is known for pursuing big-name coaches, but thus far, the team hasn’t appeared to show interest in high-profile candidates. Thus far, general manager Bruce Allen has interviewed Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, had an interview with Dallas special teams coach Rich Bisaccia on Friday and one with Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott on Saturday.

The team is scheduled to interview Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell next week, and also has requested and received permission to interview Giants’ defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. The team and Fewell have yet to finalize a date for that interview, however, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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