Art Briles is out at Baylor, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s out of college football. If Briles could make Baylor relevant nationally, well, he could make just about any program relevant nationally.
Will the 60-year-old Texan get another shot at another program?
“That’s a tough one,” former Baylor quarterback and current Baylor radio analyst J.J. Joe said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Because now with the emphasis – and it should be – on making sure that we treat all people fairly, no matter who they are, it’s going to be tough. This is pretty bad right now, and it’s under his watch, so it’s going to be tough.”
Briles went 65-37 in eight years at Baylor, including 32-7 over the last three seasons. He had four 10-win seasons, won two Big 12 championships and turned Baylor, once a Division I doormat, into a top-10 national staple.
“Do I think he would get an opportunity?” Joe asked. “I would never say never because he’s a fantastic football coach, and I’m sure that in due time, he’ll come out and make statements and move on. But I would also say this: Coach Briles, he’s done this for a while. He’s (60 years old). If he walks away, I wouldn’t be surprised. He loves football, so I’m not going to say he’s (definitely done). But if he walked away, I wouldn’t be surprised.”
Brandon Tierney, not to mention countless others, can’t understand how Briles was fired but Ken Starr and Ian McCaw are still employed by the university. Starr, who was removed as president, will remain as a chancellor and law school professor, while McCaw was placed on probation.
Joe isn’t sure either gig will stick.
“I’m not privy to everything. I don’t know, but I have to believe . . . there will be significant changes,” said Joe, who starred at Baylor in the early 1990s and is a member of the Bears Hall of Fame. “I think 12 months from now, I think there will be a total changeover there at the program. I don’t have insider knowledge to say that, ‘Hey, this is what I’ve heard,’ but I just believe with all of this and all of the bad press that’s going on and the very bad acts that seem to have occurred, it will be totally different there in the program and in the athletic administration in the next few months.”