Report: Art Briles not in consideration for Auburn's offensive coordinator job
Soon after the surprising news broke Wednesday night that Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee would be leaving the Tigers to run the Connecticut offense, one name that was immediately considered by many was former Baylor head coach Art Briles.
According to a source of ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy, don’t look for Auburn to go that route:
Art Briles will not be considered for Auburn OC job, source told @ESPN. Job is "wide open & (new OC) will run the offense,” source said
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 12, 2017
Perhaps the most revealing statement in McMurphy’s tweet is at the end, given head coach Gus Malzahn’s perceived status as an offensive guru, what does that say if the Auburn coach is ready to turn his offense over to an assistant – especially if it’s not a coach currently on his staff?
Of course, the reason Briles isn’t at Baylor anymore has to be working against him – as his program had an incredibly high rate of accusations of sexual assault and domestic violence against female students at Baylor. While Briles is clearly an elite football coach, extending an offer to an assistant coach as toxic as Briles is something Auburn wisely is not considering.
While Art Briles may not be in consideration for the job, that does not rule out his son Kendal Briles. Kendal ran the Baylor offense the last two seasons and recently accepted Lane Kiffin’s offer to run FAU’s offense. Despite his agreement to work for Kiffin next season, the step up to Auburn, and the ability to reconnect with quarterback Jarrett Stidham, may be too appealing to turn down for the former Baylor coordinator.