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Art Briles reportedly willing to interview with Texas, would accept job if offered

Art Briles Robert Griffin BaylorArt Briles is a man in demand, and it sounds like there is a possibility he could end up at Texas.

Briles, who has been the head coach at Baylor since 2008 and gone 44-31 in his Bears career, is willing to interview with the Longhorns, according to a report.

The Austin American-Statesman says Briles would be willing to interview with Texas after Baylor’s Fiesta Bowl game against UCF. They also say Briles would accept if Texas offered him the job.

Briles recently received a 10-year contract extension that runs through 2023. It reportedly will pay him $4 million next season. His buyout reportedly is at least that hefty.

Briles has also been mentioned as a potential candidate for the Washington Redskins job. Going to Washington would reunite Briles with Robert Griffin III, who won a Heisman Trophy at Baylor in 2011.

While we don’t know the extent of Texas’ interest in Briles — or if they even have any interest in him — we do know that they interviewed Louisville coach Charlie Strong. Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin are also considered candidates to replace Mack Brown.

Redskins expected to pursue Art Briles as head coach

Art Briles Robert Griffin BaylorThe Washington Redskins could be dreaming of a reunion between Robert Griffin III and Art Briles, his college coach at Baylor.

According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, Washington is expected to pursue Briles when Mike Shanahan’s tenure as head coach comes to an end.

ESPN reported on Sunday that Shanahan thought about quitting after last season because of frustration over the way owner Daniel Snyder favored RG3. They say Shanahan, who is in the fourth year of a 5-year, $35 million contract, stuck with the team because he didn’t want the perception to be that he walked away because his franchise quarterback got hurt. Reports indicate Shanahan could be fired this week.

Briles would be a natural candidate for the position because of his success with RG3 in college. Briles and RG3 began their careers at Baylor in the 2008 season. The Bears went 4-8 in their first year, 4-8 the next year (Griffin tore his ACL that season), 7-6 in 2010 and 10-3 in 2011. The 2011 season saw RG3 win the Heisman Trophy and lead Baylor to a win in the Alamo Bowl. He threw for 37 touchdowns and six interceptions under Briles that season, and rushed for 699 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Since losing RG3, Briles has maintained a strong level at Baylor. The Bears went 8-5 last season and are 11-1 this season. His excellent coaching and explosive offense resulted in him being rewarded with a 10-year contract extension last month that runs through 2023. The contract calls for him to be paid him more than $4 million next season, but La Canfora says it does not preclude him from jumping to the NFL.

Though the appeal of coaching Griffin could be high for Briles, the failures of so many other coaches in Washington could be a turnoff. Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy said this week that he would not want to work for Snyder.

It remains to be seen whether Briles would be open to the challenge when the time comes.

TCU coach Gary Patterson blasts Baylor coach Art Briles

Gary-Patterson-Louisiana-Tech-Stealing-SignalsTCU lost a hard-fought battle over the weekend, falling to Baylor in a classic 41-38 shootout. During the game, Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon was ejected over a targeting call after he hit TCU wide receiver Trevone Boykin. TCU head coach Gary Patterson was livid with the way Dixon and Baylor head coach Art Briles handled the situation.

“Number six [Dixon] beats a guy up at the beginning of the season and doesn’t get suspended,” Patterson said in his postgame press conference, via Eye on College Football. “He takes a shot and I want him kicked out. The head coach came across the field to me. I’ve got a guy [Dixon] who’s laughing into the camera on the sideline. I’ve got a guy [Trevone Boykin] that can’t come into the game for a play. That’s not what I call class.”

Dixon was arrested in September and charged with misdemeanor assault. The charges are still pending. Patterson and Briles had a heated exchange on the field after Dixon gestured to the TCU crowd following his ejection.

“To come across the field to me … he’s picking on the wrong guy,” Patterson said. “You’re not going to come across to me. You can go correct your player, not me. If [Briles] has a problem with me, he can come to where I live,” said Patterson. “I have respect for him and I have respect for his program, but I’m not going to teach my guys that and that guy [Dixon] has been doing that for four years. The bottom line to it is, it wasn’t funny.”

Patterson’s biggest issue seemed to be that Dixon was not rushed off the field after he had been given the boot.

“[Briles] can go correct his player because nobody said anything to him,” Patterson added. “I watched. I had to get the official to go get him because they let him stand on the sideline. If I didn’t say anything, they would have let him stand there the whole time. That isn’t cool. If that’s what class is, I don’t want to be it.”

I’m sure the sting of losing the most important game of the season added to Patterson’s frustration. Patterson has a history of airing out his grievances in public after losses, though he has a point about Dixon standing on the sideline and gesturing to the crowd. A player who has been ejected should leave as quickly as possible.