Baylor football head coach Art Briles was at the Texans practice field on Wednesday. Briles is not a candidate for the Texans' head coaching position, according to Wade Phillips.
"I don't want to start any rumors, but he's a friend of mine for one thing. As far as those rumors, he did not want to be my offensive coordinator," Phillips said, jokingly. "He did a tremendous job at Baylor, obviously, and I was glad for him. His daughter worked with us at Dallas with the Cowboys. So I've known him for several years and congratulated him certainly for a tremendous year."
Briles was also a mentor to Case Keenum who spoke highly of the Baylor coach, who had spent five seasons as head coach for University of Houston's football team from 2003-2007. While Keenum exchanged text messages with Briles Tuesday night, he did not get a chance to talk with him much at practice.
"Coach Briles has been one of my really good friends for a long time," Keenum said. "He's my college coach that recruited me. The only guy that gave me a scholarship. Proud to know him, proud of him this year."
The Texans are currently searching for their next head coach after dismissing Gary Kubiak following Thursday's loss to Jacksonville.