WACO (CBSDFW.COM) — Amidst speculation that he is a top candidate for the job in Austin, Baylor head coach Art Briles released a statement on Friday denying interest in any opportunities outside of Waco.
“I have no desire to pursue other coaching positions,” Briles said on Friday.
“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.”
Briles is among a list of candidates that has been rumored to include Louisville’s Charlie Strong, UCLA’s Jim Mora, Alabama’s Nick Saban, and a slew of NFL coaches.
Saban denied communicating with Texas about their opening just after inking a seven-year extension in December. And CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman reports that Mora has withdrawn from consideration, though he never received a formal offer.
The Baylor program has been revived under Briles, who led the Bears to their first Big 12 title and BCS bowl in school history this season. The team also set the NCAA record for points scored with 681, 29 more than the previous record.
Briles was given Big 12 Coach of the Year honors by the Associated Press and Sporting News, in addition to receiving the Chuck Neinas award from league coaches.
With a 44-32 record in six seasons, Briles is the third-winningest coach in Baylor history and owns an 11-year collegiate record of 78-60.
The school is slated to open its 2014 season at McLane Stadium — a new 45,000 seat, $260 million stadium just across the Brazos River.
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