Big 12 champion Baylor’s 2014 signing class was in place for so long that the Bears didn’t even host campus visits on the final weekend of recruiting.
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.
A Las Vegas book names current Louisville head coach Charlie Strong as the favorite to replace Mack Brown in Austin.
Baylor had never had a winning record in the Big 12 before Art Briles arrived six years ago. They are now Big 12 champs and headed to the Fiesta Bowl.
Baylor did not have a winning record in the Big 12 before Briles arrived in 2008, winning three or fewer games nine times. Now, they’ll meet Central Florida in a BCS Bowl.
The Bears’ loss at Oklahoma State dropped them to ninth in the AP poll and BCS standings. Briles said Monday that his team has to learn from the loss.
With an offense on pace to set major college records at 61 points and 685 yards a game, the Bears (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) are riding a school-best 13-game winning streak, have matched their highest-ever AP ranking and fourth in the BCS standings.
Briles told The Associated Press on Wednesday night he is really “humbled and blessed” by the new deal that goes into effect after this season.
While often overlooked because of all the outrageous numbers put up by their high-scoring offense, the fourth-ranked Bears also have the Big 12′s best defense.
When their fast-paced, high-scoring offense sputtered early, the fifth-ranked Bears’ largely overshadowed but consistently solid defense kept stopping No. 12 Oklahoma.
Baylor knew that they would be challenged after four lopsided games to start the season. Now that they have passed the test, they want to get back to their “normal pace.”
Baylor coach Art Briles knew that his team would be tested at some point his season. Things had been too easy for the No. 15 Bears during four lopsided home wins.