The Great Art Briles: Best in the Big XII?

If you could snap your fingers and, in an instant, switch Art Briles out with any other Big XII head football coach, would you?

I wouldn’t.

Not only do I think Art Briles is a great fit for Baylor University, but I think he might be the best football coach in the Big XII. Consider the following:

1) Briles has reopened and enlarged the NFL pipeline from Baylor, and in the past several years BU’s pipeline has been one of the most productive in the conference (the Bears had five offensive players drafted in the NFL this past year alone; – the most of any college football program in decades);

2) He has elevated Baylor’s recruiting impact and competitiveness to a level that no one could of have imagined four years ago (can you say, Javonte Magee, Ahmad Dixon, Robbie Rhodes?);

3) He is proving that he is masterful at identifying talent and developing it (remember that neither Bob Stoops nor Mack Brown saw the potential in Robert Griffin III to be a quarterback at the college level, much less a Heisman hopeful);

4) His Bears finished ahead of UT, OU, and A&M in the standings last year though he had far less heralded talent on his team;

5) He is showing that he has good "strategery" (case in point, last year’s OU game when Stoops decided to call a time out late in the 4th quarter and Briles turned it around and used it to Baylor’s advantage…and it led to the game-winning touchdown drive);

6) His folksy, engaging personality is not just a hit with Baylor Nation, but with the community, recruits, and the media;

7) He is well respected and highly regarded among high school football coaches (this speaks to recruiting success);

8) When he speaks of his goals and ambitions (for example: building an on-campus stadium, winning a Big XII championship, and winning a national championship), no one is laughing him out of the room, because he gets that tone in his voice and that look in his eyes that tells you he believes he can do at Baylor what few would have dared to dream of; and

9) Coach Briles' players believe in him and his vision.

There are other proven coaches in the conference with better records who already have championship banners, but in the words of David Ubben of, "Art Briles is building something out of nothing at Baylor."

In the words of Robert Griffin III, he is "the great coach Art Briles."

In my words, "He’s a keeper."

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