After being defeated for the first time this season in a 49-17 loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday night, Baylor Bears’ head coach Art Briles suffered a much bigger loss on Wednesday.
Briles’ older brother, Eddie, passed away at age 59.
According to John Greeson, Eddie’s pastor, he died of a head injury after being taken off a ventilator at a hospital in Abilene, Texas.
“Art talked to him,” Greeson told Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com. “The family said Art was a good motivator and maybe he could motivate him. I don’t know if Eddie ever responded to him. It’s a tragic thing. We can’t know why it happened. Art is crushed. It’s really going to be rough for him.”
The Bears’ athletic department have also offered their support.
“Our deepest condolences go out on behalf of Baylor Nation to the Briles family following the loss of Coach Art Briles’ older brother Eddie earlier today,” Baylor athletics director Ian McCaw said in a statement released by the school. “We’ve seen an immediate and overwhelming outpouring of love and sympathy. We ask Baylor Nation to support Coach Briles and his family by respecting their privacy as they mourn their loss.”
The Bears will be back on the field Saturday when they travel to TCU to take on the Horned Frogs.