Kendal Briles is currently a free agent after Willie Taggart’s dismissal and Mike Norvell’s hiring at Florida State, but Briles will not lack for options.
Sources told FootballScoop that new Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin is efforting to bring Briles with him to Oxford, while Briles could be a candidate to replace Kiffin in Boca Raton, sources say.
Briles spent one wildly successful season on Kiffin’s staff at FAU in 2017. The Owls went 11-3 and won their first Conference USA championship while rolling up 6.80 yards per play (11th nationally), 285.3 rushing yards per game (sixth) and 40.6 points a game (eighth). That team won its final 10 games and averaged 45.9 points a game over that streak.
That success lured Briles to Houston and, after being in the running for the Texas State head job that ultimately went to Jake Spavital, the Florida State offensive coordinator job on a 3-year deal worth $1 million annually.
While working under adverse situations (both Major Applewhite and Taggart would be fired in 2018-19), Briles increased Houston’s scoring by 15.6 points per game and 7.2 a game immediately upon arrival.
Hence, Briles’ options for reunions both with Kiffin and Florida Atlantic. Sources also told FootballScoop that Ole Miss and FAU are just two of the options on the table for Briles.
One thing to consider to go along with this is Briles and offensive line coach Randy Clements are widely regarded as packaged deal, as the two have worked together previously at a number of stops including Baylor, Houston, and Florida State. The potential for that pairing will impact the layout of Lane’s staff at Ole Miss.
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