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Monday, July 14, 2008
Art Briles' daunting challenge

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

New Baylor coach Art Briles is a proven winner who has had success in all of his previous head coaching opportunities, most recently taking Houston to four bowl games in the last five seasons. Before that, he directed Stephenville High School to four Texas state high school championships.

But Briles will be facing the challenge of his coaching career in his new job with the Bears. Want to know how difficult it will be? Consider that the Bears are tied for seventh among the NCAA Division I programs in terms of the longest current bowl droughts. 

Here's a list of the longest active bowl gaps in college football:

School 

Year

Bowl 

 New Mexico State  1960 Sun
 Kent State 1972 Tangerine
 Temple 1979 Golden State
 Vanderbilt  1982 Hall of Fame
 Southern Methodist 1984 Aloha
 Eastern Michigan 1987 California
 Baylor 1994 Alamo
 Duke 1994 Hall of Fame
 Army 1996 Independence
 Utah State 1997 Humanitarian
 Arizona 1998 Holiday
 Idaho 1998 Humanitarian
 San Diego State 1998 Las Vegas

Note: Buffalo, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette, Florida International and Western  Kentucky have never made bowl trips as Division I-A members.