On October 16, 1976, Art Briles’ life took a different path.
At the time, Briles was a backup quarterback for the University of Houston Cougars. The Cougars were set to face SMU one Saturday during his freshman year, and a few of his relatives (both of his parents and his aunt) prepared to travel down for the game.
Briles, accustomed to looking up in the stands to find his family, didn’t see them in their usual spot throughout the entire game. Afterward, he was told the unthinkable news that the relatives that were in that car had crashed and died.
That was the day that changed Briles’ life.
Ever since that day, Briles has taken the mindset of an underdog and that has translated all the way through his Baylor team that won the Big 12 and got to the Fiesta bowl this year.
Coming into the Fiesta bowl — the first BCS bowl in school history — it was reported that Briles “would accept the Texas job if offered.”
Although Briles was voted the best candidate to be next Longhorns head coach in a 64 coach bracket on SI.com, his team’s performance last night against UCF could alter Texas AD, Steve Patterson’s opinion.
Baylor’s offense over the last few years has been arguably the best in college football, but what many may not realize is that they’ve also been one of the most penalized.
This season, in particular, Baylor was ranked 5th in the country in most penalties with 103, resulting in 932 total penalty yards.
This wasn’t just a fluke as Baylor committed 17 last night for a total of 135 yards. And that is not exactly what Texas wants with their new head coach as they have not the most disciplined team over the years, to say the least.
Another key factor in Texas’s coaching search is finding a guy that will preach defense, or at least take the precedent that his team will stop the run.
Ultimately, after giving up 255 yards and allowing 5.8 yards per carry last night to a team that is 79th in rushing, Art Briles doesn’t seem like a coach who would fit the bill it that department either.
Briles might be a great leader and a coach with an outstanding offense, but he lacks defense and possibly discipline, and that could be the difference regarding the decision that the Texas Longhorns will make on who will be their next head coach for 2014.