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Funeral Scheduled For Brother Of BU Coach Art Briles

Art Briles (File photo)

Art Briles (File photo)

WACO (November 28, 2013) A funeral service for the brother of Baylor head coach Art Briles will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Haskell, according to the Baylor Bear Foundation.

Burial will follow in the Briles' hometown of Rule.

Eddie Briles, 59, died Wednesday morning in an Abilene hospital of a head injury.

Eddie Briles suffered the head injury after falling in his bathroom Tuesday, ESPN reported.

He was taken to a hospital in Abilene and put on a ventilator.

Art Briles visited his brother and the family later decided to remove Eddie Briles from a ventilator on Wednesday, ESPN reported.

Baylor Athletic Director Ian McCaw issued a brief statement Wednesday evening.

“Our deepest condolences go out on behalf of Baylor Nation to the Briles family following the loss of Coach Art Briles’ older brother Eddie earlier today. We’ve seen an immediate and overwhelming outpouring of love and sympathy. We ask Baylor Nation to support Coach Briles and his family by respecting their privacy as they mourn their loss,” he said.

Eddie Briles lived with his wife Teresa in Haskell north of Abilene.

The couple had two children.

He was the only surviving member of Art Briles’ immediate family.

Their parents were killed on Oct. 16, 1976 when a tanker truck veered into their lane as they drove from Rule to Dallas to watch Art Briles play for the Houston Cougars against Southern Methodist University.

The tanker truck hit their car head on.

Dennis and Wanda Briles and his aunt, Elsie "Tottie" Kittley, who was more like a grandmother to Briles, were all killed instantly.

Thursday was the sixth anniversary of Baylor’s introduction of Art Briles as the school’s 25th head football coach.

Briles was hired from the University of Houston, where he resurrected the school’s football program during his five seasons on the Cougars’ sideline.

The Bears played TCU Saturday in Fort Worth in the final road game of the regular season winning 41-38.

Baylor has established a scholarship in honor of Eddie Briles.

"There has been a tremendous outpouring of love and sympathy for Coach Briles and his family from Baylor Nation the last few days, which has been greatly appreciated by the family, and it is our sincere desire that this scholarship fund will honor Eddie's memory and his family for many years to come," said Baylor Athletic Director Ian McCaw.

Individuals interested in contributing to this fund may do so online at www.baylor.edu/give. In the "Search" function, individuals can type: Eddie Briles Memorial Scholarship and then click "Continue" on the next page.

Donations may also be mailed to One Bear Place #97050, Waco, TX 76798, and should indicate in the memo space that it is for the Eddie Briles Memorial Scholarship.


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