The moment Baylor announced they would be firing Art Briles, a page turned in college sports history. Briles’ termination, while unfortunate, served as a milestone that college sports aren’t, and cannot be, all about winning. That student-athletes are not above the law, even if they bring their university athletic success.
Now that the head coaching position is vacant, a gradual, yet vast change in Baylor sports culture is bound to happen, but under whose leadership?
Phil Bennett, Baylor’s defensive coordinator for the last six years, could fill Briles’ role temporarily as an interim head coach, but since it’s not clear how much of Briles’ former staff will remain in Waco, the head honcho spot could go to many of the available coaches on the market.
The first guy that comes to mind is Mike Singletary. Singletary made his mark at Baylor and in the NFL, and has a decade of professional coaching under his belt, too. He disciplined big personalities like Vernon Davis appropriately, an asset Baylor may need. While he’s been out of the game for three years, he’s a familiar face for Baylor fans and could weather the storm that’s brewed in Waco.
Chad Morris could give be good for Baylor, too. Morris was a longtime, successful high school coach in Texas (sound familiar?), so he’s already familiar with the Lone Star recruiting scene. He served Clemson as offensive coordinator and saw great success in that role before he headed back to Texas to command the reins of SMU. He might have the experience Baylor needs to keep their winning record on track.
In-state rival TCU's offensive coordinator Doug Meacham could also fill the role. Meacham hails from Texas and could do well on the recruiting trail after being Gary Patterson's right-hand-man for the past few years. After working with TCU’s tumultuous star quarterback Trevone Boykin, who was arrested for punching a patrol officer -- a third degree felony -- as well as public intoxication, and resisting arrest the night before the 2016 Alamo Bowl, Meacham is equipped to handle a team in wake of controversy.
With the head coach spot open, Baylor has the chance to make a mark in college sports culture.null