For the first time in almost four decades, the Baylor Bears are “Texas Football” cover boys.
“Dave Campbell’s Texas Football” magazine revealed its cover shot Friday, and it featured Baylor coach Art Briles, quarterback Bryce Petty and receiver Antawn Goodley in front of the new McLane Stadium alongside the headline “Work of Art: Briles’ Baylor is Built to Last.” It marks Baylor’s first solo appearance on the cover since 1975.
“It was a slam dunk pick for the cover this year,” Texas Football managing editor Greg Tepper said in a release. “The cover of Texas Football always aspires to reflect the biggest story in the state that year, and there’s little doubt that the Bears are the biggest story in Texas. With the meteoric rise of the long-downtrodden program thanks in large part to the consummate Texan Art Briles, plus a new stadium, Baylor is — for truly the first time — the football center of the Lone Star State.”
Grant Teaff was Baylor’s last solo cover subject. Briles becomes the fourth Baylor coach to make the cover, joining John Bridgers (1964), Teaff (’75) and Chuck Reedy (1996). Petty and Goodley are the first Baylor players to make the cover since Walter Abercrombie in 1981, and Petty is the first quarterback to make a cover appearance of the summer edition, though Robert Griffin III appeared on the winter issue after his Heisman season of 2011.
One other note: Briles becomes the first DCTF cover boy to have coached both high school and college football in Texas since Spike Dykes of Texas Tech.
The 400-page magazine will hit newsstands June 20. Advance copies can be reserved at TexasFootball.com.