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Jul 21, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles speaks to the media during the Big 12 Media Day at the Omni Dallas. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Art Briles: Baylor to maintain underdog mentality

The Big 12 is holding their media days at the Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas this week. Baylor Bears football head coach Art Briles is enjoying the meetings as the reigning Big 12 Champion, however he isn’t buying into the fact that Baylor are the favorites coming into the 2014 season.

“We certainly don’t perceive ourselves [as heavyweights],” Briles said, via the Dallas Morning News. “We still see ourselves, me, personally, our team, we see ourselves as the guy fighting hard scratching hard to try and get some recognition and some respect.”

A lot of teams take the underdog approach and it is a proven motivational tactic. Despite winning 11 games last season and the Big 12 title, a team can drop off quickly. Look at Texas Tech that took a dip after some successful seasons under Mike Leache.

The fact remains that Baylor has a lot more winning to do before they could join the heavyweights in the conference, the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners.

Briles also doesn’t agree with or understand the concept of a team defending their championship.

“How can you defend and protect something that nobody can ever take — 2013 is gone forever,” Briles said. “That title is ours. We’re attacking 2014 just like everyone else. We’re ready to go.”

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