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.

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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:

    Lee,

    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. 🙂

    Tim

  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.