Art Briles has turned Baylor from a laughingstock into a Big 12 champion. Not everybody around Waco was a believer from the start.

When Bears athletic director Ian McCaw hired him from Houston instead of then-49ers assistant Mike Singletary, he met plenty of pushback.

A sizeable portion of Baylor's fan base hoped to see the legendary Baylor linebacker come home to revive Floyd Casey Stadium, but instead, it was Briles.

McCaw said he didn't feel like Singletary was the best fit.

"I got death threats," McCaw says in Art Briles' new book, "Beating Goliath." "I lost 10 pounds in eight days."

McCaw later admitted he knew 10 minutes into Briles' three-hour interview that Baylor had its No. 1 target. He called Briles a "turnaround specialist" who rebuilt Houston's football program and turned Stephenville High School in Texas into a juggernaut at the high school level.

Briles recounts his road through life and coaching in his book, which is scheduled for a July 15 release.
FOX Sports Southwest was provided with an advance copy this week.