DALLAS — Art Briles may be gone from the Big 12, but he isn’t forgotten.
Just don’t expect Gary Patterson to utter his name.
At Monday’s opening-round action at Big 12 media days, the rivalry between the TCU coach and the former Baylor coach was rekindled, if only momentarily. A reporter asked Patterson about his “spirited rivalry” with Briles, and if it was strange that he was no longer leading the Bears.
Patterson responded, “Number one, Baylor is a good university. I have a lot of Baylor friends, and (new coach) Jim Grobe and I have known each other for a long time. We were on the (NCAA) Ethics Committee together, he and his wife went on trips together, and he’s a good football coach. He’s done a great job every place he’s been.
“Baylor is a good university. They’re a good football program, and they’ve got a lot of good players coming back. I don’t see that changing much.”
OK, so that was a pretty slick move, dodging a question about Briles without ever mentioning Briles. But Patterson managed to escape the oncoming rush not only once, but twice.
Later he was asked if Baylor did the right thing by parting with Briles.
“You know, Baylor is not my problem,” Patterson said. “TCU is my problem.”