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CAB shirts, flag at McLane Stadium spark more Art Briles talk

Fans lined up for CAB (Coach Art Briles) shirts outside of McLane Stadium before Saturday’s game against TCU.
Fans lined up for CAB (Coach Art Briles) shirts outside of McLane Stadium before Saturday’s game against TCU. rosborne@star-telegram.com

While TCU was rolling to a 31-7 second-quarter lead over Baylor, a different battle was raging on social media. Really, it’s the continuation of some Baylor supporters’ rally around disgraced former head coach Art Briles.

The Baylor football team may be wearing CAB T-shirts under their black jerseys, standing for “Coach Art Briles,” but some in the crowd are wearing the rallying cry more prominently. The shirts were being sold before kickoff in parking lots, $20 for short sleeve and $25 for long sleeve, and judging from this tweet from Star-Telegram staffer Ryan Osborne, demand was significant.

Inside McLane Stadium, at least one fan with means enough to secure box seats for today’s game was proudly flying the CAB flag in the first quarter, with reactions on Twitter ranging from eye-rolls to outrage. Media reports in the months after Briles’ dismissal pointed to a camp of wealthy donors who were campaigning for the embattled coach’s eventual reinstatement.

Matthew Martinez; 817-390-7760; @MCTinez817

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