TCU hires Kendal Briles: Arkansas’ offensive coordinator takes on the same role with the Horned Frogs


Arkansas Offensive coordinator and quarterback Kendal Briles took on the same role with TCUHorned Frogs announced Thursday. Briles returns to the Big 12 footprint for the first time since 2016 after a three-year stint with the Razorbacks. He arrived on the heels of Garrett Riley leaving his position as offensive coordinator to join Dabo Sweeney’s staff at the NFL Clemson. Riley was officially assigned to the Tigers last Friday, and with the 2023 recruiting cycle approaching early next month, TCU has moved quickly to identify and install his replacement.

Briles trained under his father, Art V Baylor From 2008 to 2016 the Bears had some of the most high profile offenses in the country using elements of the air raid system. His time at Baylor ended with his father’s dismissal in the midst of a sexual assault scandal, and he proceeded to quickly stop in Fau (2017), Houston (2018) and Florida (2019) before being hired by Sam Pittman as Arkansas’ offensive coordinator in 2020.

Arkansas’ offense has improved every year with Briles at the helm, and his air raid background makes him a style fit with TCU coach Sonny Dykes. His return to the Big 12 and state Texas It also opens up familiar recruiting territory as the Horned Frogs look to reshape their roster and build toward another run in the College Football Playoff.

For Arkansas, Briles’ departure comes as another layer of coaching staff rotation for Sam Pittman heading into his fourth year leading the program. Defensive coordinator Barry Odom left to become the head coach at UNLVand took linebackers coach Michael Shearer with him to lead the Rebels’ defensive apparatus. In addition, tight ends coach Doyle Loggins was hired South Carolina And Cornerbacks head coach Dominque Bowman resigned before he was eventually appointed to the same position temple.

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Arkansas’ new offensive coordinator Dan Enos will have some advantages built in thanks to the quarterback position: Star quarterback KJ Jefferson has announced plans to return for 2023 along with star Raheem “Rocket” Sanders.

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