Jan. 3, 2014
Waco, Texas - Baylor University head football coach Art Briles released this statement this morning concerning media speculation surrounding his interest in other college or professional coaching opportunities following the Bears' most successful season in school history:
"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."
Briles' restoration of Baylor's football program to an elite national level received an exclamation point in 2013 with a Big 12 Conference title, first-ever BCS bowl berth and a school-record 11 wins. Baylor spent eight consecutive weeks ranked in the top 10, and its powerhouse offense shattered the NCAA record for points scored (681, 29 more than previous record). BU also set all-time attendance marks (45,948 average, 51,728 single-game) in its final season at Floyd Casey Stadium in 2013.
His successes earned Briles 2013 coach of the year honors from the league coaches (Chuck Neinas award) as well as the AP and Sporting News. He earned finalist honors from the Eddie Robinson, Paul "Bear" Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year awards as well as being named the 2013 AFCA Region 4 Coach of the Year for the second time in three years. Briles ranks as the third-winningest coach in Baylor history (44-32 in six seasons) and owns an 11-year collegiate record of 78-60.