Hard to believe in a season where Briles' name was as hot as any coach in the country that in the finale he would get crushed by a team that barely beat Temple.
Alas, this was not the ending Baylor was expecting to its finest season since 1734. Central Florida defeated 52-42 in the Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday evening in a finale that could work out better for Baylor long term - this was an awful resume tape for Briles to show the University of Texas or the Washington Redskins.
If he does leave, there is no way any owner or AD is going to green light him bringing defensive coordinator Phil Bennett.
Despite Briles' signing a 10-year extension a while back, absolutely no one is ruling Briles out for the jobs in DC or in Austin. According to a Tweet from Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com, UT AD Steve Patterson wants to talk to Briles but "Baylor is not worried." How high is that buyout?
Against UCF, Baylor looked disorganized, arrogant and like a team that believed how great it was. That is often the case in a many bowl games - Alabama v. Utah a few years ago in the Sugar Bowl comes to mind. Sometimes there is nothing a coach can do to prevent a bunch of teenagers and 20 year-olds against over confidence. Baylor was a 16.5 point favorite.
But considering this was Baylor's first appearance in a big-money (i.e. BCS) game, over confidence should not have been an issue.
That Baylor's defense was exposed is not a surprise - the Bears are built to get a lead, and force the other team to pass. UCF took a 14-0 lead, and never trailed thus allowing them to keep running the ball.
The surprise is that a team that won the Big 12 completely lost it; 17 penalties for 135 yards is not flattering for the coaching staff.
Central Florida is good, and coach George O' Leary knows what he is doing. He has a good team.
To judge Briles, or Baylor's season, based on this one game against an underrated team is stupid but this does not look good. The Bears' historic season deserved a better conclusion than being on the wrong side of a blowout in prime time.
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