Burying Baylor’s Burden; Bear’s Bennett offered interim head
Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett is expected to
accept the head coaching position for the Bears Friday, shortly after
Thursday’s announcement to fire head coach Art Briles.
Following the release of a report on the school’s response
to allegations of sexual assaults by students, top officials from the
university quickly initiated an indefinite suspension for Briles, ultimately resulting
into a termination.
Evolving the team from a perennial loser to a national
contender, Bear’s coaching staff, personal, and fans are shocked and devastated
from the unexpected decision. College Football analysts and reporters also are
stunned from the sudden move, reiterating Briles as one of the most successful
coaches to be fired in any sport.
After eight seasons of excellence with the school, Briles’ imprint
on the team has been recognized as one of the most influential and greatest
impacts by a head coach in the history of College Football.
Bear’s front office hopes to void the possibility of a
tarnishing legacy by offering the interim job immediately after the firing of
it’s Head Coach Thursday. According to ESPN.com, multiple sources have told
ESPN’s Jeanine Edwards that Bennett is expected to accept the job offer Friday.
Bennett, 60, has been the Defensive Coordinator for the
Bears the past five seasons. He has already established head coaching
experience with SMU, instructing the Mustangs respecting from 2002 to 2007.
It seems that the next man up is a logical one, but the
question is he the real candidate for
College Football sources have already been comparing/contrasting
other big names for replacing Briles, – who is privileged and deserving to be
the face of a national contender, and one of the most talented teams in the
country? While Bennett may be the interim head coach for this upcoming season,
may wonder who will be the coach the following year, and further.
While Bennett has all the tangibles and a perfect resume for
the job, however, it would not be any surprise for the Texas faithful that their
Bears’ may pursue a bigger name in College Football.
Bear’s interim head coach definitely has some big shoes to
fill; the team continues to rise through the ranks, easily being one of the
best teams today in college football. Briles has set the tone Baylor, and now
is Bennett’s job to pick up high flying pace of the national contender.
Firing such a well-known coach, especially who has left
behind an honorable legacy and established a new identity of the team, sort of reflects
the Joe Paterno situation with the Nittany Lions back in 2011.
Except this Baylor team has a lot more potential; the talented squad has a chance a Top 5 ranked College Football team for years to come.
Briles will go down in history as one of the most successful
coaches in Baylor history, and to have one of the biggest impacts as head coach
today in college football. As the Art Briles Era has officially come to a
close, all eyes are on now on Bennett and the new state of the Baylor Bears.
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