Car crash puts things in perspective for Art Briles

Updated: December 23, 2005, 1:28 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Houston coach Art Briles slips into a glassy-eyed trance as he recalls the day that changed his life forever.

He rattles off the date his parents and aunt died in a car crash -- Oct. 16, 1976 -- and his voice turns hollow as he talks about the aftermath and how he persevered.

"I pulled up and pushed forward, but it's still with me every second," said Briles, who will lead Houston (6-5) against Kansas (6-5) in Friday's Fort Worth Bowl.

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