Art Briles didn’t have to say much on Tuesday to send the interwebs into a state of critique and debate.
By now, you have probably already seen Jake Trotter from ESPN’s tweet regarding the role that Baylor’s non-conference schedule played in the Bear’s missing the playoffs.
Briles is quoted saying the schedule had “zero effect.”
The greater Big 12 media market appears to widely disagree. And so here we are, at the corner of “How did Baylor’s schedule not play a role?” and “Does Briles really believe that?”
Really, saying that the schedule for any team in any sport has “zero effect” on the outcome of a season is a bit silly, especially when you consider the Bears’ cakewalk non-conference bill. Bouts with SMU, Buffalo and FCS Northwestern State in which Baylor won by a combined 178-27.
Sure, no proud coach is going to place all the blame on the team’s schedule. But saying the Bears’ non-conference schedule had “zero” effect doesn’t seem right.
Then again, Briles also doesn’t think that a Big 12 conference championship game would make much of a difference.
It was also reported Tuesday that the coach “said he doesn’t know if playing TCU in a conference championship game would have made a difference in 2014,” per the Sporting News. His response was: ““Let’s figure out what’s best for the Big 12, and we’ll roll with it.”
Ambiguous as they come.
Maybe Briles is going to throw shade at everyone and everything, even if it sounds ridiculous. He has been pretty vocal about his 11-1 Bears missing out on a CFB Playoff spot.
In light of his disappointment, however, he should probably consider rethinking how he views Baylor’s schedule in conjunction with the playoffs in the upcoming seasons.
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