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Big 12 football: Q&A with Baylor coach Art Briles

The Bears are coming off their first Big 12 title and an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl. Briles had plenty to say during his time at the podium and in smaller interview sessions later in the day.
by Ryan Aber Published: July 21, 2014

Baylor football coach Art Briles led off Big 12 Media Days on Monday.

“I guess we’re batting lead-off today,” Briles said in his introduction. “Well, the thing that’s a little different is I don’t know what the commissioner expected, but we’re not going to try to bunt or get a single. I promise you that.

“We’re swinging for the fences.”

The Bears are coming off their first Big 12 title and an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl.

Briles had plenty to say during his time at the podium and in smaller interview sessions later in the day.

Q: What did you learn from the Fiesta Bowl loss to Central Florida? Is that motivation?

A: “Appreciate you bringing that up. (Laughs) I guess truth hurts. … We’ve talked about it. We certainly hope that we’ve learned from it. And that’s — like I said — the only way to get experience is to go out there, feel it, touch it, have a taste for it. And that taste wasn’t very good. So it’s been very motivating for us all spring and summer.”

Have you toured the new stadium?

“I’ve been through it one time when one of our founders suite people asked me to walk through it. It took about 45 minutes. It’s absolutely phenomenal. It’s going to be hard for anybody in America to mimic what we’ve got going on on game day, and that’s not even counting the bridge. We’ve got a pedestrian bridge that cost $8.2 million. It’s a phenomenal setting.”

Has the stadium paid off in recruiting already?

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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