Keep calm and sic 'em, Baylor fans, because that which was unfairly speculated was not true, the worst possible outcome for Baylor Football this winter unrealized-- Art Briles will reportedly remain the Head Coach at Baylor University following an extension signed over the weekend. Briles is, of course, the architect of the #1-ranked offense in the nation and the coach responsible for the Baylor Renaissance on the gridiron. He, along with his assistant coaches, have the best recruiting class in a generation coming in for 2013 and finished the season 7-5 after many, myself included, left them for dead. Widely speculated to be one of the leading candidates for several noteworthy jobs across the country, Briles is arguably the most important man on campus to the future of Baylor Athletics. He was (and continues to be) one of the primary drivers of the new Baylor Stadium project and a key fundraiser that made the success of that effort possible. I am overjoyed that when the Stadium opens in August 2014, it will be Briles leading the team onto the field he helped make possible.
The report of Briles' decision comes from Brian Ethridge of BearsTruth.com, Baylor's 247Sports site, through a source on the Baylor Board of Regents. If true, and I have no reason to doubt Mr. Ethridge at this point or any other, Briles turned down overtures from Arkansas, Tennessee, and Auburn, three schools from the almighty SEC, to stay at Baylor. Let it be shouted from the rooftops and known throughout the internet--
Art Briles is a Baylor Bear and will remain as such. Period.