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Baylor adds three years to Art Briles’ contract

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Or, with an alternate headline: “Hands off Texas, others.”

Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday evening that Baylor and head coach Art Briles have reached an agreement on a three-year contract extension.  When added to the eight-year extension he signed last year, Briles is now signed through the 2023 season.

Briles would be 68 years old in the final year of the new contract.

The university subsequently confirmed that the new deal was approved by regents Wednesday night.

“Art Briles and Baylor are a wonderful fit,” athletic director Ian McCaw said in a statement. “We are grateful for his long-term commitment and desire to lead Baylor football forward for many years to come. Baylor Nation is indebted to Coach Briles for his vision, passion and dedication to rebuilding Baylor football and turning it into a destination job.”

As Baylor is a private university, they are not compelled to release the financials details of Briles’ contract.  Under the terms of his last deal, Briles was reportedly set to average $3.5 annually through 2020; it’s fair to say that an enhanced compensation package is part of this new deal.

The most important aspect of the deal, Carlton reported, is that it contains significant buyout language; what the exact number of the buyout would be is not detailed.  Briles name has come up in connection to a USC job that’s already open and a University of Texas job that’s not, although neither of those well-heeled athletic departments would blink at most eight-figure sums.

In his six-plus seasons with the Bears, Briles has compiled a 41-30 overall record and a 22-25 mark in Big 12 play.  The past two-plus seasons, BU is 26-8, including a spotless 8-0 mark that has them ranked No. 4 nationally and in line for its first-ever BCS bowl and, possibly, first-ever appearance in the BCS title game.

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6 Responses to “Baylor adds three years to Art Briles’ contract”
  1. thekingdave says: Nov 13, 2013 9:42 PM

    As I’ve said here before, I don’t see Briles leaving, especially to a place like USC. He’s spent all of his coaching years (hs included) in Texas, Baylor is the second closest BCS school to Stephenville, and these big schools are looking for a guy to also be the face of the program media wise, which I don’t see him being.

  2. jdillydawg says: Nov 13, 2013 10:05 PM

    Look out Big 12. Looks like this sheriff’s gonna be in town for quite a while.

    Sic ‘em Bears!

  3. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 14, 2013 5:53 AM

    I bet they raised it, with enough buyout to cover their stadium if he leaves maybe?

  4. tcb2nyc says: Nov 14, 2013 7:21 AM

    The recruiting machine that is Art Briles will just get stronger and stronger!

  5. artisan3m says: Nov 14, 2013 9:11 AM

    Briles is happy at Baylor and being ranked in the top five nationally by a much smaller school is far more significant than for Alabama, FlaState, Ohio State, etc. They are “expected” to be there. No one expects it of Baylor and many are shocked that they have risen to that level. Right now, Art Briles is the most valuable commodity in the BU Athletic Department ~ even more so than Kim Mulkey who led the Baylor women roundballers to a national championship. This contract extension ~ and his accepting it ~ will be of immense value in recruiting.

    Right now, the only pressure on Briles is “next game.” That’s a comfort. The other schools with an interest in him will automatically ratchet up the pressure with “next national championship.” The difference is profound.

  6. ancientcougar says: Nov 14, 2013 11:09 AM

    We wish he would have stayed a Coog.

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