On Wednesday night, head coach Art Briles and the Baylor Bears got waxed in their first BCS appearance in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl by another team making their first showing, the UCF Knights of the American Athletic Conference.
Nonetheless, it was still a standout season for Briles and the Bears. Even with the loss, they still finished the season at 12-1 on the year and were Big 12 Champions, something no one thought was ever possible.
Because of the stellar year, Briles has been rumored to be a top candidate to take over the Texas Longhorns football program.
But one Baylor booster, Bob Simpson, told the Dallas Morning News that he doesn’t believe that the coach will be making the leap, because he says that Briles has indicated as much.
“He’s indicated that,” Simpson told The Dallas Morning Morning News and Bleacher Report after Baylor’s 52-42 loss to Central Florida in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. “Let’s hope it holds true.”
He also did go on to indicate that he realizes that due to the success of the program, even if Briles does spurn an offer from the people in Austin, this probably won’t be the last time they’ll have to answer questions about their coach leaving.
“I’m hopeful we’ve done everything at Baylor to help take care of him. I don’t blame them,” Simpson said. “When you have somebody as good as he is, the world is going to come after him. And it won’t be just UT. If we survive this one, there will be more.”