5 Reasons Why Art Briles Should Be Next Head Coach Of The Texas Longhorns
Texas: 5 Reasons Why Art Briles Should be Next Football Coach
Ever since Mack Brown (probably forcefully) resigned as head football coach at the University of Texas, plenty of names have been mentioned to replace him. Nick Saban was the early leader, but that always seemed very likely, and he has now received an extension from Alabama. Since then, guys like Jon Gruden, Steve Spurrier, Charlie Strong, Mike Tomlin and Jim Harbaugh have been mentioned.
You have to give Texas credit -- they are setting their sights high for good reason. They may not have had much success recently, but they are still an elite program that should be able to bring in a great coach. That being said, it will still be tough for them to land any of the guys that I mentioned above. The one guy who has made the most sense to me all along is Baylor head coach Art Briles.
Briles was a high school football coach in the state of Texas for 16 years before making the jump to college. He was a revolutionary coach at the high school level, introducing the spread offense that is now used almost exclusively in the state.
He was hired to be the RB coach for Texas Tech in 2000, and was named the head coach for the University of Houston in 2003. Briles turned the Houston program around with his fast-paced pass-happy style of offense. He then took over the Baylor program starting in 2008, taking the program to levels rarely reached before.
Briles' spread offense is the talk of the college football world, and he has been connected to many jobs, even some at the NFL level. He is a born and bred Texan that does not appear to want to leave the state, and that is one reason why he makes so much sense for the Longhorns job.
When it comes down to it, Texas is not going to lure Tomlin or Harbaugh from the NFL, and Gruden seems perfectly content in the broadcast booth. The best realistic candidate is right down the road in Waco, Texas. Here are five reasons why Briles should be the next head football coach at the University of Texas.
5. Explosive Offense
Baylor led the nation in both total yards per game (624.5) and points per game (53.3). Their spread offense was effective both through the air led by quarterback Bryce Petty, and on the ground with extremely talented RB Lache Seastrunk leading the way.
Briles does an incredible job of playing to the strength of his team and putting them in the best possible scenario to succeed offensively. Make no mistake, teams led by Briles will score points. If the wins do not come right away, then maybe the high point totals will keep the fan base happy at the start.
4. Texas is One of the Best Jobs in the Nation
With the success that Briles has had at Baylor and a state-of-the-art $250 million stadium under construction on campus, it is fair to wonder whether he would even leave. That being said, Texas has as much, if not more history than any football program in the nation. I have a hard time believing that Briles will not leave for Austin if he is offered the job.
3. Offense is Built for Kids from Texas High Schools
Briles has built his program at Baylor almost exclusively on kids from the state of Texas. Out of the 105 athletes on his 2013 team, 92 were in-state recruits. It makes sense that he is having success with Texas kids considering the offenses that they are running in high school are built upon principles of his offense. Staying inside state boarders is the best thing that Briles can do.
Briles is known as a very good recruiter. He has done an incredible job recruiting great athletes to Baylor. He has an obvious connection to high school coaches and seems to have a way of connecting with players. Imagine what he could do with a historic program like Texas backing him up.
1. Ties to the State of Texas
The state of Texas has some of the best football players in the nation year after year. Briles has done an incredible job of bringing kids from Texas in to Baylor. If he gets the Longhorns logo on his side, the rest of college football might as well forget about it. Briles and Texas appear to be a match made in heaven. If both sides see this and agree, they could easily take the program back to their glory days.