Baylor's Art Briles to Be Guest Speaker at Michigan's Coaches Clinic

Justin Ferguson@@JFergusonBRCFB National AnalystFebruary 17, 2016

Baylor HC Art Briles
Baylor HC Art BrilesRon Jenkins/Getty Images

Jim Harbaugh wants to hold "The Greatest Football Clinic Ever" at Michigan this spring, and now he has one of the greatest offensive minds of all time on its schedule.

The Wolverines head coach announced on Twitter on Wednesday that Baylor head coach Art Briles will be a guest keynote speaker at the Michigan football coaches clinic next month in Ann Arbor, Michigan:

Coach Harbaugh @CoachJim4UM

Excited to announce that @CoachArtBriles will be kicking off our clinic on Thursday, March 10th. #CollegialSpirit https://t.co/w1CHbzPvCJ

At Baylor, Briles has engineered one of the most impressive turnarounds in recent college football history, taking the former Big 12 doormat and turning it into the nation's No. 1 offensive team and a strong championship contender.

Offensively, the warp-speed spread mindset of Briles and the old-school pro style of Harbaugh should make for an interesting range of philosophies at the clinic.

Baylor fans will be pleased to see their head coach have an opportunity to connect with high school coaches from all across the country and grow the Bears' national recruiting brand.

As SB Nation's Our Daily Bears noted on Twitter last month, Briles visited the state of Michigan to recruit No. 1 overall kicker Quinn Nordin, who later signed with the Wolverines.

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Briles will headline a list of several featured guest speakers from the high school, college and NFL levels who are scheduled to be at the clinic from March 10-12.

According to Michigan's official website, the list of coaches so far includes:

  • Baylor head coach Art Briles
  • Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, Jim's brother, and his entire staff
  • Former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer
  • Former NFL head coach and offensive coordinator Mike Martz
  • Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin
  • Michigan's entire coaching staff
  • High school coaches Matt Bird, Tom Bolden, Roger Harriott, Bob Head, Auggie Hoffman, Marvin Sanders, Brent Whitson and Kevin Wright

The clinic is also scheduled to have a "Michigan Legends Forum," but no names have been announced yet.

In November, Michigan staffer Chris Partridge tweeted the first news of the coaching clinic, which was hailed on the promotional poster in Harbaugh-like fashion as "the greatest coaching clinic of all-time":

Chris Partridge @CoachCPartridge

A little preview... Secure your spot! Guest speakers will be unveiled in Dec & Jan! You won't want to miss this one! https://t.co/mSFzVv4NQj

The 2016 coaching clinic is the latest big-name meeting Harbaugh has orchestrated in a little more than one full year as Michigan's head coach.

He brought celebrities from the sports and entertainment world to Ann Arbor earlier this month on national signing day for the program's "Signing of the Stars" event.  

The final day of this star-studded coaching clinic will coincide with a Saturday spring practice for Michigan, which made headlines when it announced it would spend part of its camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Justin Ferguson is a college football writer at Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JFergusonBR.


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