Art Briles for Aggie Coach

So it’s now all but official – Dennis Franchione is said to be negotiating the terms of his buy-out up in Aggieland.

Talk has turned to possible successors – the list of those rumored to be under consideration includes Cal’s Jeff Tedford, Butch Davis of North Carolina and West Virginia’s Rich Rodriguez, but the Ag brass is said to be positively slavering over Auburn’s Tommy Tuberville.

I have a better idea: Art Briles of the Houston Cougars. Briles knows every high school coach in Texas from his years at the helm of Stephenville High, and has done a great job stabilizing a UH program that had been on a downward trend since the sleaze-drenched Jerry Jenkins era.

In Kevin Kolb, he’s already groomed a QB with good pro prospects, which is more than any Aggie coach has done since…When exactly? With the exception of Bucky Richardson, who was more of a fullback in QB’s guise than a true QB, every other A&M signal-caller has either not lived up to expectations or actually regressed. Briles took a second-rate recruit and actually made him into a first-day draft pick.

What’s more, A&M would be a lateral move for all of the coaches on A&M’s wish-list. Briles would have the added motivation of having something to prove at a higher level of competition, and as a lifelong Texan, would seem less likely to bolt at the first better offer than a careerist like Butch Davis.

No, Briles isn’t the glamour hire that Tuberville would be, but he’s the right one. After all, that last big-name coach the Ags plucked out of Alabama didn’t work out so well now, did he? – John Nova Lomax

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