The biggest news in the college football world today was when the Baylor Bears announced that eight-yeah head coach Art Briles had been fired amidst sexual assault allegations running rampant through the team. It did not take long for the team to replace him as they moved defensive coordinator Phil Bennett into the head coaching position.
Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde reported that Bennett will be put in as the interim head coach while the team searches for a permanent replacement. Forde also reported that Briles’s son Kendall will remain on the staff for the time being.
Baylor expected to make defensive coordinator Phil Bennett interim coach, per source. Kendall Briles to remain on staff as of now.
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) May 26, 2016
Phil Bennett has had his fair share experience as a head coach. He spent six seasons with the SMU Mustangs from 2002-2007, accumulating a record of 18-51, and also coached the Pittsburgh Panthers to a win in the 2010 BBVA Compass Bowl as interim coach.
Bennett’s career began in 1978 and he has spent time as a coach all over the country in that stretch. He has been the defensive coordinator at LSU, Texas A&M, Texas, Kansas State, and Pittsburgh before coming to Baylor in 2011.
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