According to a report this afternoon, there may be yet another school interested in bringing Art Briles back to college football.
After sharing earlier this week the report that there is growing support for Art Briles among a faction of Texas Tech boosters in the event that they move on from Matt Wells after two seasons, it appears the other school interested in looking at Briles is Liberty.
Hugh Freeze, who has Liberty them to a 9-1 mark in his second year with the program, continues to have his name brought up as an early candidate for open jobs - the most recent of which being at Auburn, who let Gus Malzahn go earlier today. Malzahn leaves The Plains with a 3-5 mark against rival Nick Saban, which is more wins than all of the SEC coaches combined.
Enter Hugh Freeze, who was able to engineer two memorable defeats of Nick Saban while the head coach at Ole Miss and cement himself as a significant thorn in the Tide's side.
Who better to employ at a hated rival school than someone who has already shown an ability to come out on top against Saban?
In the event that Freeze were to leave Liberty for another opportunity (whether that be Auburn or elsewhere), Briles would be "a leading candidate" to replace him, Brett McMurphy tweets.
Liberty's athletic director is Ian McCaw, who was the athletic director at Baylor while Briles was head coach. As of recent, Liberty has built a reputation as someplace where guys like McCaw and Freeze can go to rehab their public image. Briles, who spent the last few seasons as the head coach at Mount Vernon HS (TX), is certainly a figure who could use some of that type treatment as well following a very public scandal in Waco.
Over the last few years, McCaw has been very public in his opinion that Briles will be exonerated of his involvement of the alleged coverups of sexual assaults at Baylor, and has been critical of the school's investigation that led to Briles' dismissal in Waco.
"As more information comes out on the Baylor scandal, they're going to find out [Briles] was scapegoated for a much larger campus wide problem and the failings were in the police department and across campus which is what I know to be the case,' McCaw shared with Dennis Dodd and CBS in January of 2019.
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