MOBILE, Ala. – Art Briles chuckled when asked if he could envision himself in the SEC.
“If it’s got a football on the field, that’s where I picture myself,” the former Baylor coach told SEC Country. “Just anywhere.”
Briles, 61, was at Senior Bowl practices Wednesday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium to rekindle connections with friends in the NFL and throughout college football. He hasn’t coached since leading the Bears to a 10-3 record in 2015.
Briles was fired in May 2016 after a massive sexual assault scandal rocked Baylor, where Briles posted a 65-37 record in eight seasons. The highpoint of his tenure came when the Bears won 11 games in both the 2013 and 2014 campaigns, capped by appearances in the Fiesta and Cotton bowls.
“Just reconnecting with a lot of friends at the NFL level, then collegiately also,” Briles said. “I’ve been coming to the Senior Bowl for the last six, seven years. It’s always a great deal in Mobile. It’s a neat town. And people are friendly down South, I can tell you that.”
Briles doesn’t have a history in the SEC. Before arriving at Baylor, he went 34-28 in five seasons at Houston. He also was a running backs coach at Texas Tech from 2000-03.
Briles said no SEC programs have contacted him about possible employment.
“Just hanging on and staying faithful,” he said.