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Coordinator resigns; new search begins

Nov. 29, 2005

by DANIEL YOUNGBLOOD, reporter

After leading Baylor's football team to its best season in nearly a decade, head Coach Guy Morriss will be searching for a new offensive coordinator.

Brent Pease, who has served as Morriss' offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at both Baylor and the University of Kentucky, resigned last Wednesday to pursue other coaching opportunities.

"I have enjoyed my three years at Baylor but feel now is the time to pursue other coaching opportunities," Pease said in a news release.

The Bears poor offensive outputs were magnified in conference play as they averaged just 17.5 points against Big 12 foes and were shut out in consecutive games against Texas Tech University and the University of Texas.

During this time, Pease caught constant criticism from fans over the lack of offensive production. He was also under fire over a quarterback controversy when he played sophomore quarterback Terrence Parks over junior Shawn Bell in relief stints against Tech and the University of Nebraska, and in starts against Texas and the University of Missouri.

Despite the fan criticism, though, head Coach Guy Morriss said in a prepared statement that he was thankful of what Pease brought to the program.

"I appreciate Brent's contributions to our program and wish him well," Morriss said.

Morriss said the staff wouldn't stray too far from its current philosophy in their coaching search. "Moving forward, I don't believe that our offensive philosophy will change that much," he said. "We still want to be a 60-40 (pass-to-run ratio) team."

According to the Dallas Morning News, co-offensive coordinator at Texas Tech Dana Holgorsen has engaged in talks with Baylor about the position.

Holgorsen has helped guide a Tech offense that leads the Big 12 in passing with 403.6 passing yards per game and averages 42.1 points per contest.