by Chuck Carroll

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The rumors of a Robert Griffin III-Art Briles reunion with the Washington Redskins can officially be squashed along with the notion a Bill Cowher era will soon be dawning in Ashburn.

Briles is staying at Baylor and will not pursue coaching opportunities in Washington or elsewhere.

The Baylor athletic department released the following statement from Briles on Friday:

“I have no desire to pursue other coaching positions. As I’ve said many times, I am both humbled and honored to be the head coach at Baylor University, and believe we have something special going here. I look forward to leading the Bears onto the field next fall at McLane Stadium and defending our Big 12 championship that our players and coaches worked so hard to win this season.

“There is tremendous excitement for our program’s future, and I look forward to many more great seasons at Baylor. There is tremendous commitment from our University leadership, athletic administration, coaches and student-athletes – it truly is a great time to be a Baylor Bear.”

Cowher, a rumored pipe dream candidate, also definitively stated Friday he would not be Mike Shanahan’s successor.

The Super Bowl winning coach turned broadcaster told “CBS This Morning” that it was “highly unlikely” he would return to the sideline in the near future.

Cower was rumored to be “the leader in the clubhouse” after Shanahan’s dismissal following four largely lackluster seasons in Washington. He firmly denied the ESPN 980 report.

“There’s nothing to that,” said Cowher. “I was never contacted by the Washington Redskins.”


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