By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: December 9th, 2013 at 11:43 pm EST
Art Briles wanted the Baylor Bears head football coaching job when nobody else wanted the job.
The team was struggled when Briles was hired. Now, fast forward to today, Briles has turned the program into a national powerhouse in college football, and they are just months away from starting at a new stadium.
The team is expected to open the new stadium in 2014, but they most finish their 2013 season before moving onto the 2014 season. The 6th ranked Bears are 13-1 this season, and will face the UCF Knights in the Fiesta Bowl.
And with success, there’s always opportunities to move up to better jobs. And the NFL has noticed Briles success, but he has no NFL experience.
On Sunday, CBS Sports Insider Jason La Confora said that should head coach Mike Shanahan get fired, like is expected by the Washington Redskins, Briles would be a candidate for the job. And on Monday night, Briles said that he’s not been contacted by the team.
Even though he’s a candidate for the job in Washington, D.C., there’s a good chance that he will not get hired by the Redskins. Owner Daniel Snyder typically goes for the big name, and former NFL head coaches Lovie Smith and Jon Gruden are being mentioned, as well.
“I’ve had zero contact with anybody,” Briles said. “I’m a Baylor Bear — that’s all I’m concerned about.”
Briles does have something that Smith and Gruden do not have. He coaches Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in college, and guided RGIII to the 2011 Heisman Trophy award.
Shanahan is being criticized right now over his relationship with RGIII. While RGIII is favored by Snyder, Shanahan wants to bench the quarterback right now, as the team as no shot at making the playoffs.
Plus, Briles signed a contract extension with the Bears in November through the 2023 season. In addition, he would have to pay a $5 million dollar buyout in order to get out of his new contract.
Briles was the Houston Cougars head football coach from 2003 through 2007, his first college football head coaching job. He went 34-28 with the Cougars, and left the team in 2008 before the team’s Texas Bowl. The Cougars were 0-3 in Bowl games under Briles.
At Baylor, Briles is 44-31 in six seasons. The team is also 2-1 in Bowl games under Briles, and could finish 6th or higher with a win over UCF.
If they beat UCF, it would be the highest ranking that they’ve ended the season with. They did finish with a 12th ranking in 2011, as RGIII guided the team.
Before becoming a college football coach, he served as the Texas Tech Red Raiders running backs coach from 2000 through 2002. And he was a high school football assistant coach and head coach from 1979 through 1999.
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