Before a record crowd of 1,200 at Tuesday's Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce Kickoff Luncheon, Baylor head coach Art Briles was announced as this year's winner of the Dave Campbell Award for "significant contributions to the sport of football in Central Texas."
"Coach Briles has done so much for Baylor," said Campbell, the founder of Texas Football magazine and former editor of the Baylor Bear Insider. "He had the winning touch when we so much needed to have a winning touch."
Taking over a program that had suffered 11 consecutive losing seasons and hadn't been to a bowl game since 1994, Briles has led the Bears to four straight bowl games for the first time in program history and their first-ever Big 12 championship in 2013.
He has a six-year record of 44-32 at Baylor, including last year's 11-2 finish, after taking the University of Houston to four bowl games in five years and a Conference USA championship.
Starting his coaching career in the high school ranks, Briles also won four state championships in the 1990s as the head coach at Stephenville (Texas) High School and has already been inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. "He has been a winner wherever he's gone," Campbell said.
Accepting the award from Campbell, Briles said, "I know that you've met a few people over your glorious 89 years. And just to be recognized by you is really a thrill for me. I'm overwhelmed with joy and humility, without question."
Briles and the 10th-ranked Bears will debut in the new $266 million, riverfront McLane Stadium on Aug. 31 with a 6:30 p.m. nationally televised matchup against SMU on FS1.