Art Briles has a new home coaching football, and it's back in the state where it all started. The Mt. Vernon (Texas) Independent School district announced Friday that the former coach of the Baylor Bears has agreed to a two-year contract to coach its football team.
"I began my coaching career in the Friday night lights of Texas high school football, and I'm looking forward to returning to my roots," Briles said. "I have learned many lessons during my time as a coach. Some lessons are born out of success and others out of failure. But they all present opportunities to grow, to learn, and to teach, as we strive for excellence both on and off the field.
Briles was 65-37 in eight years leading the Bears (2008-15). He led a program that had struggled to find success to four double-digit win seasons, two BCS/New Year's Six bowl games, helped Robert Griffin III win the 2011 Heisman Trophy and established the Bears as one of the dominant programs in the Big 12.