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January 1, 2014

Art Briles will leave Baylor if Texas offers him the head coaching position

by Jared

Art Briles is a man in demand, and it sounds like there is a possibility he could end up at Texas.

Briles, who has been the head coach at Baylor since 2008 and gone 44-31 in his Bears career, is willing to interview with the Longhorns, according to a report.

The Austin American-Statesman says Briles would be willing to interview with Texas after Baylor’s Fiesta Bowl game against UCF. They also say Briles would accept if Texas offered him the job.

Briles recently received a 10-year contract extension that runs through 2023. It reportedly will pay him $4 million next season. His buyout reportedly is at least that hefty.

Briles has also been mentioned as a potential candidate for the Washington Redskins job. Going to Washington would reunite Briles with Robert Griffin III, who won a Heisman Trophy at Baylor in 2011.

While we don’t know the extent of Texas’ interest in Briles — or if they even have any interest in him — we do know that they interviewed Louisville coach Charlie Strong. Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin are also considered candidates to replace Mack Brown.

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