Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Baylor Finds Their Man! It's Guy Morriss! Okay...Not Really

Baylor has apparently found their new head coach and it isn’t Guy Morriss, which is more than I thought they would be able to pull off. The new man will be Houston head coach Art Briles, who after five seasons in Houston, will take over the suffering Bears program.

The move could end up being a shrewd one for the Bears as Briles history as the head coach of Stephenville High School, and then his successful transition with Houston. He rebuilt a suffering program at Houston using a high octane passing attack. He initially took the job at Houston and immediately signed quarterback Kevin Kolb (a 2nd round pick for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007) whom he built the Houston program around. No word on whether he has any NFL quarterbacks he can bring with him to Baylor.

Even after Kolb left, Briles lead the Cougars to an 8-4 record this season. Familiar with the Texas recruiting scene Briles may help give Baylor a much needed boost in the Texas recruiting wars. While he doesn’t have the star power that Baylor had hoped for like a Mike Singletary, he might have a chance to bring the program back to respectability.

That being said, it is Baylor. They play in the Big XII and are the only private university in a conference full of large public universities. They just don’t seem to fit, and it seems like the only way they can succeed is if they do more with less.

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