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Texas interviews Charlie Strong; Art Briles next?

Posted January 1st, 2014

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Baylor coach Art Briles has not been interviewed by Texas athletic director Steve Patterson for the Longhorns head coaching vacancy, but a source very close to Briles said he would be willing to visit after Wednesday night’s Fiesta Bowl.

The American-Statesman has also confirmed previously published reports that Louisville’s Charlie Strong has officially interviewed with Patterson at an undisclosed location. But Patterson told Strong that the athletic director planned to visit with other candidates to replace Mack Brown as well.

The Statesman source said it was unknown how Strong’s interview with Patterson went.

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Patterson could not be reached for comment. According to a report in the Louisville Courier-Journal, Patterson telephoned Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich seeking permission to talk to Strong, but the two did not make contact with each other.

The Baylor source said that Briles has no plans to remain in Arizona and is scheduled to return to Waco on Wednesday with the rest of the Baylor team. Two sources, including one close to Briles, has told the Statesman that Briles would accept the Texas job if offered.

It’s unclear what kind of interest Patterson has in Briles, Strong or any of the other reported candidates, which included Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin.

Briles has maintained publicly that he remains focused solely on the Bears’ game against Central Florida on Wednesday night. He signed a new 10-year contract with Baylor after it clinched its first ever Big 12 championship. A high-ranking Texas source said Briles’ buyout is $4 million, but other reports suggest that it could be much higher than that figure.

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