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Art Briles gets a contract extension

Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:04 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 9:05 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

One name that I haven't heard come up nearly as often in coaching rumors this season is Baylor's Art Briles. Not because I felt he'd be looking to leave Waco, but I figure plenty of schools had surely noticed what he's done with the program and would like to pry him away.

A task that just got a lot harder to do.

On Friday evening it was reported in the Houston Chronicle that Briles had agreed to an extension and raise in salary at Baylor. The details of Briles' new deal aren't known at this point, but it's rumored that he'll be making somewhere in the area of $2.5 million in 2012. Or as much as Charlie Weis just got from Kansas. Either way, compare that salary to the roughly $1.5 million that Briles earned in 2011, and it's a nice raise.

Briles is only 24-25 at Baylor, but is coming off a 9-3 regular season and the team is a bowl victory away from having its first 10-win season since 1980. Considering the state of the Baylor program when Briles first came aboard, it's a pretty remarkable turnaround.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:20 am

Art Briles gets a contract extension

This is a nice extension, he turned around a pathetic Houston team bringing them to being a contender in Conference USA. Did a really good job at Texas Tech with the running backs and now he has done another wonderful job a Baylor.
Beating Oklahoma and Texas in the same year is something Baylor fans thought would never happen! I wish him continued success because if the Big Twelve was to remain a big time conference they need the former rollover teams to become relevant and win big time games and that is exactly what Baylor has been doing under Coach Briles.
 All of that topped with the fact that he is a pretty upstanding guy leads me to believe that Baylor will remain relevant for a few years. He is after all the guy who groomed Kevin Kolb at Houston and now Baylor finishes a season ranked in the top 15 for the first time since 1986, not too shabby since they were picked to finish sixth in the Big12 preseason poll. I know RG3 has a lot to do with their record but it still takes a coach and I myself think Art is a great one.

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