Big 12 State of the Union: Baylor
Every time I do a series going around the Big 12, I ask myself the same question. â€œShould I even bother with Baylor?â€? This year, they're on Nebraska's schedule, which might be reason enough to give them equal time. I admit, I had to look up who their new head coach was, but as I look at the resume, I think, â€œnot a bad hireâ€?.
Art Briles (Baylor's new head man) spent 21 years coaching high school football in Texas. That can't be bad for recruiting. After four seasons coaching running backs at Texas Tech, Briles spent five years as head coach at Houston. He took the Cougars to four bowls in five years and went 34-28.
Like any new coach, you give Briles a pass on their first recruiting season, but you have to give Briles major points for luring four-star dual threat quarterback Robert Griffin to Waco. A year ago, Baylor fans were stoked when they brought in four-star quarterback John David Weed. Between the two, Baylor should have some talent to build the offense around both now and for the future.
While no one expects Baylor to make a lot of noise next season, they may be on the verge of a turnaround (even if it might be a modest one). There's reason for optimism if you're a Baylor fan. Bob Stoops and Mack Brown probably aren't losing sleep, but things look better in Baylor than they did this time last year.