Baylor coach Briles says 'no desire' for other job

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm •  Published: January 3, 2014
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Baylor coach Art Briles said Friday he has no desire to pursue another job and plans to lead the defending Big 12 champion Bears into their new stadium next fall.

With his name linked to the opening at Texas, and speculation increasing after the Bears' most successful season ever, Briles sent a tweet on his account that read "Contrary to reports and rumors I am a Baylor Bear — 2013 Big 12 Champs." The school later released a statement from the coach.

"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," Briles said. "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. "

The sixth-ranked Bears finished 11-2 after losing 52-42 to No. 15 UCF on Wednesday night in the Fiesta Bowl, their only Bowl Championship Series appearance. They finished the regular season with a 30-10 win over Texas to clinch their first Big 12 title, Baylor's first outright conference title since the 1980 Southwest Conference.

"There is tremendous excitement for our program's future, and I look forward to many more great seasons at Baylor," Briles said. "There is tremendous commitment from our university leadership, athletic administration, coaches and student-athletes — it truly is a great time to be a Baylor Bear."