Archive for Thursday, July 24, 2008

Baylor coach ‘stupid’

July 24, 2008


Call him crazy (or stupid, or idiotic), but Art Briles looks at the Baylor football team - with its recent struggles and its lack of big-name players - and feels good.

Really good, as a matter of fact.

Wednesday, asked whether going to Baylor, a team that has won a combined eight conference games in the past six years, excites him, Baylor's first-year head coach smiled.

"Yeah, it does," he said. "Stupidly, it does. If 18 people say 'no', I'm looking for the one that says 'yes.' That inspires me. Is that stupid, dumb and ignorant? Probably, but : why do something that everybody else has been doing? Jump on the bicycle that nobody else wants and ride it."

It's hard to argue with the man, especially given his penchant for overhauling downtrodden programs. At Houston, Briles transformed one of the country's worst programs into a perennial bowl-bound team.

"I like to walk down a path nobody else likes to walk down," Briles said. "With our recruits, with our coaches, with our fans, I want pioneers. It's easy to walk down a path that's clear and pristine and perfect. But our path's not that way, and we've got to have people that want to make it that way."


KEITHMILES05 9 years, 10 months ago

The comes across as a complete fruitcake.

OnlyTheOne 9 years, 10 months ago

Briles is right. Why take the easy way? Get out there and do something difficult and enjoy the success even more.

Raider 9 years, 10 months ago

Briles is a great coach, and I look for him to have success at Baylor. They might not become as mighty as KU has, but I think he'll at least get them to a bowl at some point soon. Good luck Coach!

John McCoy 9 years, 10 months ago

This guy is a really good football coach. He was an innovator, very creative, at Stephenville, and he will be at Baylor. Like Mangino, he is an excellent evaluator of talent. He will find some players and start winning some games he isn't supposed to.

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