Art Briles

Baylor adds three years to Art Briles’ contract


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.

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

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Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

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Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.