HOUSTON - Baylor Coach Art Briles is thrilled his Bears will open the 2020 season against Ole Miss in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium.
“That’s something we’re really excited about,” Briles said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.
“Something’s been in the works for quite awhile with our athletic directors, Ian McCaw on our side.
“First of all excited to play in the city of Houston. I consider it one of my Texas homes, and then to have the opportunity to play a quality team, Ole Miss out of the SEC in the Houston Texans stadium, if it could get any better I couldn’t name it.
Briles said it is important for his program to play schools like Ole Miss.
“Just love it,” Briles said. “I think it’s great for college football, and it’s great for our program and our kids. We’re at the level now nationally to where that’s us and that’s what’s expected of us. Really, I think you’ll see more and more of those things happening in the very near future with us.”
Briles, who was the head coach at the University of Houston from 2003-2007, said playing in Houston is very “special” for him.
“It means everything to me,” Briles said. “Jan and I’ve always loved Houston. All three of my kids graduated from the University of Houston.
“It has a special meaning for me from a personal standpoint.”
Briles was a receiver at the University of Houston from 1974-1977.
The Baylor-Ole Miss matchup, which was first reported by ESPN, is scheduled for Sept. 5, 2020.