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Baylor's Art Briles: 'I have no desire to pursue other coaching positions'

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

With Texas rumors swirling, Art Briles affirmed his commitment to Baylor on Twitter.  (USATSI)
With Texas rumors swirling, Art Briles affirmed his commitment to Baylor on Twitter. (USATSI)

According to multiple reports, Baylor coach Art Briles was interested in discussing the open coaching job at Texas after the Fiesta Bowl. The Austin-American Statesman even reported that Briles would likely accept the job if offered.

On Friday, Briles took to Twitter to affirm his commitment to the Baylor football program.

Baylor's disappointing loss to UCF in the Fiesta Bowl could have played a role in Briles' decision to stick with the Bears, but it would be far from the only reason to stay in Waco. The school has invested heavily in Briles and the football program, as the Bears prepare to defend that Big 12 title in a shiny new stadium with new facilities in 2014.

The school later released a full statement from Briles -- one that exceeded 140 characters.

"I have no desire to pursue other coaching positions," Briles said. "As I've said many times, I am both humbled and honored to be the head coach at Baylor University, and believe we have something special going here. I look forward to leading the Bears onto the field next fall at McLane Stadium and defending our Big 12 championship that our players and coaches worked so hard to win this season.

"There is tremendous excitement for our program's future, and I look forward to many more great seasons at Baylor," he added. "There is tremendous commitment from our University leadership, athletic administration, coaches and student-athletes - it truly is a great time to be a Baylor Bear."

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