Now that Baylor is officially the second Division I-A team to be seeking a head coach (and trust me, that list is going to grow long and grow fast), who should the Bears' court?
Linebacking legend Mike Singletary tops the wish list. He has accumulated coaching experience in the NFL after interviewing for the Baylor job five years ago (when he had zero coaching experience).
I have an initial gut reaction to Baylor hiring Singletary: BAD CHOICE. I have doubts that Singletary is the modern version of Grant Teaff. Nothing against Singletary, but I think hiring him is a disaster waiting to happen.
And remember, Teaff took over when Baylor was in the Southwest Conference. To reach the top of that league, the Bears had to claw past Texas and Arkansas (Texas A&M was awful in the 1970s).
As the basement dweller of the Big 12, Baylor can realistically hope for no better than finishing fourth in the Big 12 South behind Oklahoma, Texas, and A&M. And right now, the Bears are considerably behind Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in the South.
I think University of Houston coach Art Briles should be near the top Baylor's list.
-- Wendell Barnhouse