Posted on September 12, 2011 at 7:21 PM
Tuesday, Sep 13 at 5:00 PM
WACO - It took Art Briles just three years to turn the Baylor football program into a winner again.
"I don't really look at that, quite honestly, because we're certainly still in the infant stages in my mind," Briles said.
Still, the seven wins that the Bears collected last year was the most since Chuck Reedy won seven as the head coach in 1995. The fourth season for Briles at Baylor began with a bang, thanks to big win over TCU.
In the grand scheme of things, it was a small step.
"Like I said, I’ve got two goals: win a Big 12 championship and coach in a stadium on campus," Briles said. "That's my goal. That's what I want to do. When we accomplish those, then I'll feel like we've done something."
Briles certainly seems to have the program going in the right direction.
Last year, they played in their first bowl game since 1994. This year, they're ranked in the top-20 for the first time in two decades.
"The fortunate thing is, no one on our team was here 20 years ago, so this is the new Baylor here," said Baylor running back Terrance Ganaway.
During the 90's, Briles won four state champions while he was the head coach at Stephenville. It's that high school background that still helps him today.
"He's got those high school roots and when he goes into a high school, the high school coaches look at him as one of their own," said Baylor Broadcaster John Morris. "He just happens to be coaching at Baylor now."
His star player agreed.
"He's just a players’ coach," said Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III. "He believes in what he's doing. He knows what he's doing can be successful and he's instilled that into his leaders on this team, and we've portrayed that to the rest of the team."
Of course, it helps when Griffin is one of your team leaders.