Following another uninspiring season in Austin, Mack Brown stepped down from his head coaching position at the University of Texas. Since then, the school's coaching search has had many names come up.
Would it be a head coach from another college that would come in and take over? Or would it be someone who's currently coaching in the NFL?
As of right now, who knows who they'll end up choosing, but the best option is clear—and his name is Art Briles.
Briles is a respected football mind, and it's not like the job opportunity isn't mutually beneficial. The fact that he's been so dominant with extremely limited resources as compared to Texas is quite impressive, and makes him an even more attractive candidate.
I still think Texas needs to drive a couple of Brinks trucks up I-35 and pick up Art Briles from Baylor.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 14, 2013
The Baylor Bears coach has had his name fly around a few coaching vacancies, but nothing substantial has been released yet. Some may be concerned about his age (57) since he's just five years younger than Brown, but he's only been coaching for 10 years as opposed to Brown's 30 and has a lot left in the tank.
Just by looking at what Briles has done at Baylor, it's clear he can make things happen with struggling programs. The Bears hadn't had a winning season since 1995, and now they have tallied four straight seasons with a winning record.
Quite frankly, Briles has everything that Texas needs and is quite established in the area.
At Baylor, he's just about 100 miles up the road from UT and has also coached at the high school level in Texas. Briles has a reputation of being a tremendous football coach in the state of Texas, and would surely be well-received by the Longhorn faithful.
His ability to invoke a seriously inspired effort from his players makes him a great fit, and the fact that he has the personality needed to handle the responsibility of the Longhorn Network makes him that much better.
Even with the competition of having another major Division I school in the state, Briles has been an exceptional recruiter and has built a really solid program from the ground up.
He would already be starting with some young talent at Texas, so he could get off to a better start than he did at BU. Imagine the numbers Texas' players would put up with Briles' playbook installed—there's a ton of potential for an explosive offensive attack.
Is Art Briles the best option for the Texas Longhorns?
He would also bring an excited energy to the Longhorns and could really bring them back to the elite status that they were at not too long ago.
Another reason why it's a great opportunity for him is the freedom he would be given to control one of the most decorated programs in the country, and he could likely have his pick of any defensive coordinator. If he does accept the job at Texas, he may opt to bring his current defensive coordinator Phil Bennett with him, but even if he doesn't, it won't be hard for him to find one.
Per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Briles has recently been brought up in conversation regarding the Washington Redskins' head coaching position, so Texas better move quickly if he's their guy.