Looks like Kendal Briles goes to the well too often and drove his way out

Kendal Briles, Arkansas footballer
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Now that Kendal Briles is signed, sealed, and delivered to TCU, it would be easy to write about his time in Arkansas in the past tense, something like “Now that the Kendal Briles Razorback era is over…”

Except, as his replacement shows, things certainly have a funny way of getting downright circular in college football’s close-knit coaching community. When Dan Enos left Fayetteville in 2017 for the winterier climes of Michigan after a less than stellar final season with Bret Bielema, hardly anyone expected him to ever return to the same job.

Yet here he is back in Arkansas just a month and a half after his wife explained he had a falling out with then offensive line coach Sam Pittman. “We loved Fayetteville,” Jane Enos tweeted. ” I can not wait to leave. Sorry, but that’s just one record I had to fix. I think of the world of Sam and Jamie, and I know my husband does too.”

Maybe one day we’ll get more information from the families involved about what happened behind closed doors that caused Kendal Briles to leave Arkansas. after broadcasting on January 5 that he was ready to relaunch it in 2023 with KJ Jefferson.

The story behind Kendal Briles’ departure

For now, though, Arkansas football insiders pretty much control that narrative, and the story they tell is one of an apparent overreach by Briles and his agent Jimmy Sexton.

It started earlier in January when Briles agreed to a raise that would have been in the region of $1.7 million following the Mississippi State flirtation.

Then, late last week, TCU emerged as a contender with what would have been a higher offer. According to Buzz 103.7 FM’s Randy Rainwater, Briles’ performance “apparently came back and said, ‘Okay, do you want to counter TCU?’ That’s when coach Sam Pittman, backed by Hunter Yurachek, said, “Hit the road, Jack” and that’s when they were off. I hear now.

Rainwater, while on air on Wednesday’s DriveTime Sports show, then asked Arkansas football reporter Trey Biddy if he could corroborate.

Biddy replied that “that’s pretty much what I hear” and that Pittman already had a potential replacement (we now know it’s Enos) out of the Mississippi State flirt. (Sexton is also Pittman’s agent, so it seems in his interest to make sure Pittman isn’t left dry.) The parties agreed that the official announcement of Briles’ departure had better wait until the shutdown. official transfer portal window.

In another part, Biddy added: “I was told that the Briles family were really devastated to the point of having to leave, even though they knew they would eventually leave. They really love northwest Arkansas. They have a ton of friends here. This was Kendal’s longest stoppage. Obviously they have [three] children. It was his longest stoppage since the days of Baylor. So it wasn’t an easy deal for them, but that’s what I heard was that Pittman was kind of like, ‘We have to move on’ and I guess basically [got] to have enough.”

If Briles had stayed for a fourth consecutive season, he would have been the longest-serving offensive coordinator in Arkansas football history. The two coordinators who stayed longer on the Hill both worked defensively on the ball: Fred Goldsmith (1984-88) and Joe Kines (1991-94).

As it stands, Enos is expected to take the overall record for the position by working a fourth season as Razorback offensive coordinator in 2023.

A Jimmy Sexton Conspiracy Theory

“Locked on Razorbacks” host John Nabors shared a whole doozy of an imagined theory/pageant about how Sexton stirred the pot to make this move happen.

Before we get into the details, by way of recap, Sexton is a top power broker within the SEC. He and his Creative Artist Agency football division represent nearly every head coach in the league and he often plays an important role in salary negotiations and staff building, as Hugh Freeze so aptly explained in late November after his arrival in Auburn.

Freeze bragged about all the ‘great college coaches wanting to come here’ before adding: ‘It will be very difficult to decide. The deciding factor will be building a staff that complements each other and drives the culture. list of guys, and my agent Jimmy Sexton also gave me a whole list of trainers he trusts.

“Confidence” isn’t the word that best describes how John Nabors feels about Sexton, though.

The Arkansas sports radio host imagines that Sexton didn’t think the raise Arkansas was offering Briles in reaction to Mississippi State’s interest was high enough, so he decided that TCU was a good prospect to launch his client based on the departure of his former offensive coordinator. for Clemson, as well as its historic rivalry with Baylor and its recent successes.

“Hi, TCU, Sonny. Sonny Dykes. “Yeah, I’m Jimmy Sexton. My guy here, Kendall Briles, might be interested in your work,” Nabors says in the podcast below, exaggerating how the imagined conversation unfolded. “Well, I don’t know if we’re interested in him.” “Okay, that’s great, thanks. Thanks. Alright, you in the media. Yeah, you over there at TCU Media, there’s some interest here.

“There’s some interest here, and Kendal and TCU may want to talk about that.” “Oh really? Alright. Yeah, let me write it down. “Good job. Good work. Be sure to tweet it. Tweet it and get a lot of people talking about it.

Check out the rest of Nabors’ entertaining take on Sexton’s tricks here:

More from Biddy on Kendal Briles’ situation at 1:36 below:

h/t David Shaffer

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