Baylor coach Art Briles’ name has come up with openings at both the college and professional level, but he acted to take his name out of consideration for jobs outside Waco on Friday.
At the NFL level, Briles has been linked to the Redskins because of his long relationship with quarterback Robert Griffin III and this that he’s intrigued by the challenges presented by coaching in the NFL. Briles’ name has also been linked to the opening created by Mack Brown’s departure at the University of Texas, but Briles says he isn’t going anywhere at all.
“I have no desire to pursue other coaching positions,” Briles said in a statement. “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 said he had never spoken to the Redskins or any other NFL teams about a coaching job. Anyone who has followed football for a while knows to take coaches saying they aren’t leaving their current jobs with a grain of salt, although, for now, it looks like Briles won’t be introduced as someone’s new head coach at a press conference.