Architect of an offense ranked No. 9 in the nation, Briles accepted the offensive coordinator position at Houston, the Cougars announced on Saturday. The Owls averaged 498.4 yards per game in Briles lone season as offensive coordinator.
Briles came to FAU from Baylor, installing the ultra-high tempo Baylor offense that led to FAU scoring 40.8 points per game in 2017 – eight best nationally.
His name tarnished, but only tangentially implicated, by the sexual abuse scandal at Baylor while his father, Art, was coach there, Kendal rehabbed his reputation under FAU coach Lane Kiffin. He was the lone assistant coach hired by Kiffin to request a one-year contract. All others received multi-year deals.
Briles’ offense produced four All-Conference USA selections and the C-USA MVP, running back Devin Singletary. The nation’s leader in rushing touchdowns with 32, Singletary earned third team All-America honors.
FAU tied a program record with 11 wins this season, winning the Conference USA championship and the Boca Raton Bowl along the way. The success created a demand for the Owls’ assistant coaches.
Briles is the third FAU assistant to leave this offseason for a higher profile job. Offensive line coach Garin Justice accepted the same position at Arizona. Defensive backs coach Corey Batoon left to become the defensive coordinator at Hawaii.
Kiffin was a finalist for the Houston head coaching job last offseason before he accepted the FAU position.