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.

Hokies QB Brewer a gametime decision, but RB Williams out for the year

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Virginia Tech has been playing just about the whole season without starting quarterback Michael Brewer after the Hokies signal-caller broke his collarbone in the first game of the season. Now, Brewer is on his way back to the field. Brewer has been medically cleared to return to practice in Blacksburg. It may still be another few weeks until he gets back in a game for Virginia Tech.

Brewer broke his collarbone in Virginia Tech’s season-opening loss to Ohio State. Once he left the game, it seemed the Hokies were unable to give the defending national champions much of a fight for a second straight season. He was originally expected to miss eight to 10 weeks of action, which would have meant a return for a Halloween game against Boston College as the earliest likely date. Virginia Tech has a bye week after the Boston College game, meaning Brewer could then be available for a Thursday night division game against Georgia Tech on November 12. Considering all of that, the chance Brewer might be available to play this Friday night against N.C. State is quite a pleasant surprise for a Virginia Tech team in need of some help after dropping to 2-3 after a second straight loss last weekend. Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times says Brewer could be a gametime decision for Frank Beamer.

The outlook is not quite as possible for Hokies running back Marshawn Williams. Williams will be out for the rest of the season after reinjuring his left knee in practice in late September. It is the same knee that was surgically repaired last December. Williams can use this season as his redshirt season as he has not played in a game this season. He will still have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the team next fall.

Mike Leach discusses presidential candidates, political correctness, pizza and says WSU has better facilities than Oregon

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wherever and whenever Washington State head coach Mike Leach opens his mouth, we will be listening. In a recent radio interview with John Canzano, Leach shared his thoughts on the presidential races heating up, the need to remove political correctness and the superior athletics facilities at Washington State compared to what is offered at Oregon.

Leach offered his take on the current status of the GOP race, saying if Donald Trump continues to rise that some other candidates will soon back out and others will “kiss the ring and hope for cabinet positions.”

I think honestly the single biggest issue in this election and country for quite some time is you have to eradicate political correctness. Unless it’s eradicated, you know, we can’t move forward.”

On the topic of football, Leach was asked what has held Washington State back from becoming a winning program. Leach reflected on the steps the program has taken to improve the program, which has seen improvements with facilities that have helped through recruiting, although Leach said it’s been tough because acquiring the talent has been a slow process. He was quite proud of Washington State’s facilities though.

“We have the best facilities in America, certainly within the conference, including Oregon,” Leach said. “We’ve had those for a year that helped accelerate the recruiting effort.”

Given a chance to back peddle from that statement, Leach, as you might expect, did not rescind or amend his previous comments.

You can listen to the full interview here. It is a good listen. He also wants to know where the best pizza place in Portland, Oregon is. You will learn he likes New York style pizza.