Briles to stick with Baylor, puts rumors to rest
POSTED: Friday, January 3, 2014 - 11:42am
UPDATED: Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 2:13pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) —
After weeks and weeks of speculation over Art Briles' status as the head coach of Baylor University, it seems Briles himself cleared up all reports with a Friday morning tweet.
Briles tweeted the following around 9:54 a.m., Friday morning:
Rumors had surfaced Briles would be the next coach of the Longhorns after The University of Texas announced former head coach Mack Brown was stepping down.
Now, it seems Briles, even having suffered a heart-breaking loss to the University of Central Florida in the Bears' first ever BCS bowl game, the "Quarterback Whisperer" is staying put in Waco.
Reports had also been brought to light Briles showed interest in the Washington Redskins head coaching job after Mike Shanahan was fired.
Baylor University is in the process of constructing a beautiful, river-front stadium to replace the historic Floyd Casey Stadium. Having won their first ever BIG XII title, the Bears are stepping up their facilities to appeal to recruits far and wide.
Briles released the following statement Friday morning concerning media speculation surrounding his interest in other college or professional coaching opportunities following the Bears' most successful season in school history:
"I have no desire to pursue other coaching positions," Baylor coach Art Briles 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."
Baylor spent eight consecutive weeks ranked in the top 10, and its powerhouse offense shattered the NCAA record for points scored (681, 29 more than previous record). The Bears also set all-time attendance marks (45,948 average, 51,728 single-game) in its final season at Floyd Casey Stadium in 2013.
His successes earned Briles 2013 coach of the year honors from the league coaches (Chuck Neinas award) as well as the AP and Sporting News. He earned finalist honors from the Eddie Robinson, Paul "Bear" Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year awards as well as being named the 2013 AFCA Region 4 Coach of the Year for the second time in three years. Briles ranks as the third-winningest coach in Baylor history (44-32 in six seasons) and owns an 11-year collegiate record of 78-60.
Baylor University contributed to this report.