Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys hosted former Baylor head coach Art Briles at practice today.
Jones was naturally asked about the ousted Bears coach's presence after practice, and was very complimentary of him, going as far to say that he would like Briles to coach his grandson one day.
In eight years at Baylor, Briles transformed a moribund Bears program into one of the best in all of college football. After two 4-8 seasons to start his tenure in Waco, Briles went 7-6 in 2010, and then won at least 10 games in four of his final five seasons.
And yet, because of his failures in handling sexual assault allegations against his players, Briles was fired in May following the findings of the Pepper Hamilton report delivered to Baylor officials. While Briles remains confident that he will coach again, it seems unlikely at this point, at least at the college level.
That makes his appearance in Dallas today fairly interesting. It wouldn't be too surprising to see an NFL team, especially one like Jerry Jones and the Cowboys that shrugs off bad press, bring in Briles in an advisory role.
A few weeks after being fired, Briles released a statement accusing Baylor of scapegoating him. He settled with the school shortly thereafter. The rest of his coaching staff, including his son Kendall, the team's offensive coordinator, has been retain. Former Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe will serve as the Bears' interim head coach this fall.
In the aftermath of Briles' ouster, Baylor lost numerous top 2016 signees to rival programs, and saw a few high-profile transfers. The most jarring: quarterback Jarrett Stidham, a former top recruit who played well s a true freshman after taking over for injured starter Seth Russell last season, before going down with injuries of his own.
Baylor opens the season on September 2 against Northwestern State.