WACO, Texas –Baylor head football coach Art Briles is one of 20 coaches on the2013 Bryant Coach of the Year Award Watch List, the American Heart Association and Marathon Oil Corporation announced recently.
In 2013, Briles has led the Bears to their first 7-0 start since 1980 and their highest Associated Press ranking since 1953. Fifth-ranked BU leads the country inscoring (63.9 ppg.) and total offense (718.4 ypg.), while ranking second in passing (417.3 ypg.) and seventh in rushing (301.3 ypg.). The Baylor defense is ranked sixth in scoring defense (15.9 ppg.) and 10th in total defense (316.0 ypg.).
The Bears under Briles' guidance currently sit sixth in the BCS Standings and on top of the Big 12 standings, after their first 4-0 start to conference play since 1985.
Briles is in his sixth season at Baylor and owns a 40-30 record in that time. Baylor was averaging 2.9 wins per year in the 12 years prior to Briles' arrival and had won just 11 Big 12 games in that span. The Bears have now been to three straight bowls, won at least seven games and four Big 12 contests in each of the last three seasons.
Briles is one of three coaches on the list from the Big 12. He is joined by Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury.
A list of finalists will be announced in early December. The Paul Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award is the only coaching award voted on and presented at the conclusion of the bowl season. The winner will be presented with his award Jan. 15 in Houston.
Baylor returns to action when it hosts No. 10 Oklahoma on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. That game will be nationally televised on FOX Sports 1.
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