Sources: Art Briles To Be Next Texas Tech Coach

Sources close to the Baylor Administration confirmed to me today that Bears Coach Art Briles will be hired as Texas Tech’s next football coach

Art Briles will be hired as next Texas Tech football coach

(Briles attended Tech and was assistant under Leach)

Contrary to previous reports, there is indeed a 10-day waiting period that Tech officials must observe before hiring Briles, but one of my sources told me the move is a “done deal.

The 54-year-old Briles is an alumnus of Texas Tech, was a successful high school coach in Texas, the head coach at the University of Houston, and served as an assistant coach for the Red Raiders under Mike Leach from 2000-02.

I had previously predicted that Tommy Tuberville would be hired as the next Texas Tech coach, but I confirmed today that Briles will instead get the job.

Contrary to rumors floating around about Leach being a candidate for a Raiders coaching position, I was told yesterday by a source that the coach had not been in contrat with the Oakland organization.

Also, yesterday I reported that NBC’s Jay Leno Show was trying to book Leach as a guest. I learned last night that Leach has since turned the show down.

Leach was last seen in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

*UPDATE* (6:29p ET): I’ve been told that Texas Tech indeed raised the funds to pay Briles’ $4M contract buyout.