Art Briles is still looking for a job almost a year after getting fired, and his best chance may be to go talk to Nick Saban.
According to 247Sports’ Travis Haney, many people in the coaching industry still think Briles is “untouchable.” He and his staff at Baylor were accused of mishandling sexual assault and domestic violence allegations against football players.
Briles needs a lot of help to get an FBS job again. That probably includes a big-name coach like Saban being willing to take a chance on him. A head coach who hires Briles as an assistant would need “an incredible amount of political capital in his job,” Haney reports.
“I’m not even sure if someone other than (Nick) Saban or Urban (Meyer) could do it,” a source told Haney. “Maybe so, but you know what I mean. They’re the guys who have been able to take some chances recently, and they’ve made those situations work.”
There are no reports of any interest in Briles from Alabama at this time. Saban has had some high-profile coaching reclamation projects recently, particularly on his offensive staff.
He brought in Lane Kiffin despite his reputation for being difficult to manage. He recently promoted Steve Sarkisian to offensive coordinator. Sarkisian was fired at USC after public struggles with alcoholism.
Reports and speculation recently linked Briles to the offensive coordinator vacancy at Auburn. However, the Tigers quickly made it clear that he was not a candidate. They eventually hired Arizona State offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.
Haney reported many people in the industry think Briles will coach again, but that it he likely go to Division II or Division III first.