Art Briles, the head coach at the University of Houston the last five years, will be named the head football coach of the Baylor Bears at a 5:30 p.m. news conference, a source said Wednesday.
Briles is expected to receive a seven-year deal worth $1.8 million a year. Houston has scheduled a team meeting for 12:30 p.m. this afternoon and one has been set at Baylor for 4 p.m. today.
Briles compiled a 34-28 record in his five seasons as the head coach of the University of Houston. During that span, he guided the Cougars to four bowl games, including a trip to this year’s Texas Bowl, which will be held Dec. 28 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Briles would replace Guy Morriss, who was fired Nov. 18 after the Bears posted an 18-40 record — they were only 7-33 in the Big 12 — in his five seasons as the Baylor head coach.
UH was 8-4 under Briles this season and 10-4 last year when won the Conference USA Coach of the Year award and the Cougars captured the conference’s championship. Briles also coached Stephenville to state titles in 1993, ’94, ’98 and ’99.