San Francisco 49ers interim coach Mike Singletary took the time during his Wednesday press conference to praise Baylor coach Art Briles.
Behind the superb play of freshman quarterback Robert Griffin, the Bears are 4-7 this year and have made great strides in Briles' first season at the helm.
"I think (Briles has) done a fantastic job,'' Singletary said. "I think the young quarterback (Griffin) has really made a difference.
"We had a chance, my wife and I had a chance to go down and be there for homecoming on our bye week, and it was an outstanding opportunity to get a chance to go and see them. That was good.''
Singletary, who played for Baylor from 1977-'80, turned down a chance to coach the Bears before the job was offered to Briles. Asked if it could have worked out any better for him and Baylor, Singletary said:
"I'll put it this way. Even then, if I didn't get this job (with the 49ers), I just think everything works out for a reason and the most important thing that we can do in life is the best that we can.
"I've got no regrets. I don't look back and go, "Man, I wish I had done this differently or done that.' I try to do the best I can every day as I go forward. I do believe that everything really works out for the better.''
Singletary played for Grant Teaff at Baylor and said he uses some of his former coach's teachings with the 49ers.
"There's a lot of Coach Teaff in me,'' Singletary said. "Coach Teaff taught me how to be a man, taught me how to be a father, taught me how to set goals, taught me how to be myself.
"But at the same time he taught me a lot about leadership, he taught me about being a husband, and he taught me how to be a Christian man.''
Singletary, 1-2 as the 49ers' interim coach, said Teaff will always be someone he leans on.
"Coach Teaff is like my dad,'' he said. "He's somebody that I continue to talk to and visit with on a regular basis.''
_ Dwain Price