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Daily Bears Reports 8/17: Art Briles Misses Coaching; Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Trifecta; Tyrae Simmons is Official

Art Briles says he is inspired to change and grow as a coach.

Dog Gone

Art Briles already misses coaching and describes the feeling as when your dog goes missing, He’s going out to look for it. Houston Chronicle has the story.

"Not all the facts are all out there, so that's been the toughest thing," he said. "You can go to anybody I've been in contact with over my 38 years in coaching - office personnel, from players to students - and I think most of them have pretty kind things to say because I've always been true to people."


Baylor wide receiver KD Cannon, running back Shock Linwood and quarterback Seth Russell were named to the 2016 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award watch list, which was announced Tuesday at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce East Texas Kickoff Luncheon. More From New Channel 25.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals. In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year college.

Baylor Lineman Cleared for Play

JUCO offensive lineman Tyrae Simmons has been cleared to play football for the Baylor Bears. From BearsExtra:

Simmons joined the Bears for weight lifting Tuesday and will go through his first practice on Wednesday. Baylor had been waiting on finalization of Simmons’ junior college transcript.

The 6-6, 300-pound junior will give the Bears some much needed depth in a thin offensive line. Baylor interim coach Jim Grobe isn’t expecting any more late additions.

“Tyrae will be coming in late, but that’s about where we’re going to be,” Grobe said. “We’re not going to look to expand any more. It would be hard for anybody to come in right now and pick up what we’re doing.”

Big XII Expansion

The Houston Chronicle lays out Houston’s hopes for joining the Big XII.

If any college deserves an invitation to join the Big 12, it's the University of Houston. UH has built a new $128-million football stadium and it's about to spend another $60-million renovating the basketball arena that was the home of the legendary Coach Guy V. Lewis. That's in addition to more than $21-million that the school has dedicated to its athletic programs in each of the last three years.

Oh, and in case Big 12 officials hadn't noticed, the Cougars have been winning. Coach Tom Herman last year led the team to a 13-1 season and victory at the Peach Bowl. And the Cougars play in one of the nation's largest television markets.