TCU hiring Arkansas’ Kendal Briles as new offensive coordinator

Kendal Briles is leaving Arkansas to change into the offensive coordinator at TCU, sources instructed ESPN on Wednesday.

An official announcement is anticipated Thursday.

The Razorbacks are finalizing a deal to rent Dan Enos from Maryland to switch Briles as their offensive coordinator, sources instructed ESPN. Enos has been at Maryland the previous two seasons and had an enormous function in quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa’s growth.

Briles, 40, has been the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach the previous three seasons at Arkansas, which skilled an offensive upheaval below Briles. The Hogs completed fifteenth nationally in whole offense this previous season whereas averaging 32.5 factors per sport and 30.9 factors in 2021, which was essentially the most at Arkansas for the reason that 2015 season. The Hogs averaged simply 21.4 factors per sport in 2019, the 12 months earlier than Briles arrived.

Arkansas was seventh nationally in dashing offense in 2022 (236.5 yards per sport). The Hogs’ 3,075 dashing yards have been their most for the reason that 2003 season. Briles additionally enhanced Arkansas’ passing sport and its stability on offense. The Hogs have been certainly one of three FBS groups in 2022 (Ole Miss and UCLA the others) to common greater than 230 dashing yards and 230 passing yards per sport.

Briles replaces Garrett Riley at TCU. Riley left final week to be the offensive coordinator at Clemson. At TCU, Briles joins one of many prime offensive-minded head coaches within the nation in Sonny Dykes, who’s getting into his second season in Fort Worth. Dykes took the Horned Frogs to the College Football Playoff nationwide championship sport this previous season; they misplaced 65-7 to Georgia.

Over the previous two years, Briles has had probabilities to depart Arkansas for different jobs. Miami got here after him a 12 months in the past, however he stayed put. And then final month, Briles turned down overtures from Mississippi State.

This can be Briles’ sixth stint as an offensive coordinator. He was together with his father, Art Briles, at Baylor as vast receivers coach, then passing sport coordinator after which offensive quarterback/quarterbacks coach in 2015 when he was a finalist for the Broyles Award as the highest assistant coach within the nation.

Art Briles was fired earlier than the 2016 season within the wake of a sexual assault scandal at Baylor that additionally led to the firing and/or resignation of the varsity’s president and athletic director. Kendal Briles, who was indirectly implicated in any wrongdoing, stayed on as offensive coordinator below Jim Grobe in 2016 earlier than going to Florida Atlantic as offensive coordinator in 2017, Houston as offensive coordinator in 2018 and Florida State as offensive coordinator in 2019.

Art Briles and Dykes labored collectively on the Texas Tech employees from 2000 to 2002 below Mike Leach.

Arkansas’ teaching employees has undergone main turnover this offseason, together with each coordinators. Barry Odom took the UNLV head teaching job. Arkansas coach Sam Pittman employed Travis Williams from UCF and Marcus Woodson from Florida State as co-defensive coordinators after linebackers coach Michael Scherer went with Odom to be defensive coordinator at UNLV. Tight ends coach Dowell Loggains left to change into the offensive coordinator at South Carolina, and Pittman fired his energy coach, Ben Sowders, and changed him with Jamil Walker.

This can be Enos’ second stint as Arkansas’ offensive coordinator. He oversaw the Razorbacks’ offense from 2015-17 once they have been certainly one of two FBS applications with a 3,000-yard passer and 1,300-yard rusher in each 2015 and 2016.

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