The Texas football coaching searching is … it’s not going so well. They whiffed on Nick Saban. The talk about Jim Harbaugh and Mike Tomlin has been shelved. They’ve reportedly interviewed Louisville’s Charlie Strong and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin, but seem to be holding out hope for Jimbo Fisher.
Well, you can definitively cross one more name off the list: Baylor coach Art Briles. After getting embarrassed by Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl and giving up 52 points, Briles was supposedly still coveted by Texas, so the coach released a statement this morning:
“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.”
A Texas fan in denial could try to examine the exact wording – ‘no desire to pursue could mean he won’t go looking, but if Texas comes after him …’ – in hopes that Briles changes his mind. Good luck with that.
As for UCLA’s Jim Mora, who was the hot name circulating on the web Thursday night, there’s this:
Everything is bigger in Texas, including bad rumors. No talks, no chance. Mora will see Longhorns: as UCLA coach in Sept. game.
— chris foster (@cfosterlatimes) January 3, 2014
So. What happens if Fisher – who just signed an extension with FSU last week – says no? Is it Strong or Franklin?
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