Good article. I love the hire of both Briles and Clements. When you think about it, Kendal Briles UH ties run deeper than we might realize.
The personal and professional situation is different between Art Briles and Kendal Briles time at UH.
Art was a UH player and head coach, but as HC he didn’t have the support from the UH AD nor the facilites to compete on the national stage. His wife reportedly didn’t like living in Houston. Kendal’s time at UH is much different. He met his wife at UH, he played football for UH, he got his degree from UH and his father coached at UH. Deeper emotional ties.
Kendal is coming to UH as a Coach at the right time. Our new stadium, IPF, new basketball arena, AAC, PEZ as AD and Tilman Fertitta’s financial commitment to UH trumps Art’s time at UH with Robertson Stadium, no IPF, Hofheinz Pavilion, CUSA, Dave Maggert as AD and John O’Quinn as majority donator.
Timing is important. The timing of Art Briles tenure at UH was instrumental in turning around a struggling football program and I believe the timing of Kendal Briles arrival will be equally instrumental in catapulting the football program to achieve greater heights. While they share the same DNA, the circumstances are much different and UH remains the beneficiary.
This is a belated Merry Christmas present from Colonel Applewhite and the UH administration to UH alumni and fans.