I have mixed emotions about Baylor’s choice of Art Briles as their new head football coach.  I love college football.  And while I am a long term, die hard member of the Arizona Wildcat nation, since living in Houston these past 13 years, I have spend many Saturday afternoons and evenings in the Astrodome and now the newly renovated Robertson Stadium dressed in red, cheering for the University of Houston Coogs.  And I like the Bears, in spite of their current slump.

Robertson Stadium is certainly a lot more crowded since Coach Briles arrived in Houston.  The Coogs have given their fans a lot to cheer about. 

Baylor fans are in for some excitement.  If Art Briles isn’t successful in Waco, something’s wrong with the program, not the coaching.


About LS

I'm 56, happily married for 25 years, B.A., M.A., career educator with experience in education as a teacher and administrator, native Arizonan living in Pennsylvania, working on a PhD and a big fan of the Arizona Wildcats, mainly in football and basketball.

3 responses

  1. Tim Dahl says:


    Thanks for the information. I had no clue as to who this guy was. If he’s coming from the Houston area, you know he has to be a quality guy. 🙂


  2. Frank says:

    I was very disappointed when Baylor was turned down by Mike Singletary, as much for who he is as a person as for what he could contribute as a coach. What can be expected from Briles in terms of personal integrity and moral and spiritual leadership?

  3. Lee says:

    As a person, Singletary would have been an outstanding coach. From a coaching perspective, with no head coaching experience, and nothing to demonstrate a record of developing players or leading a program, and in a program with a losing record, I don’t know if he would have been the best choice for rebuilding a college program that has gone down as far as Baylor.

    Briles is a Christian, active in his local church (Second Baptist Houston, I think is where he goes), and will be a moral and spiritual leader. In the five years he’s been at UH, I’ve never heard his personal integrity questioned, and he ran a clean and well respected program at UH.

    He’s certainly proven his ability to develop players, and to resurrect a dead program. UH will be in its fourth bowl game in five years under Briles, has put together back to back seasons in which the Coogs have won 8 games for the first time in decades, and has restored the confidence of local coaches in the program.

    If Baylor will give him what he needs, he’ll deliver.