An extra provision in his contract gives Briles all the long-sleeve Baylor shirts money can buy. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Twitter is abuzz with the news that Art Briles, the head football coach of Baylor University has agreed to a multi-year contract extension that will reportedly earn him more than twice his initial salary upon taking the Baylor job just a few short years ago. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported the news about an hour ago, and David Smoak of ESPN 1660 in Waco has now confirmed the veracity of the report. *
*Baylor's 247sports site actually reported this first about three hours ago, and I want to make sure they get credit for that. Good guys over there, you should check it out.
This news is not a shock to anyone that closely follows Baylor University football; reports surfaced over the last few weeks that Baylor approached Coach Briles about an extension and that their overtures eventually materialized into an agreement to keep Briles at Baylor. Thermhere and I have both heard that Briles' new annual salary will be in the neighborhood of $2.5 million, a substantial increase over the $1.2 million plus incentives that he reportedly received when he got here.
This is obviously fantastic news for Baylor football, as it means that Briles won't be leaving any time soon for Texas A&M (who is rumored to have approached him early in their coaching search), Arizona State (the same), UCLA (what? Yeah, it didn't make sense to me, either.), or anywhere else. I believe that Coach Briles will finish his coaching career at Baylor and will do so having spent a number of his Saturdays in the fall roaming the sidelines of a riverside stadium along the Brazos.
I'll update this post as more information becomes available. We should probably look for some kind of an announcement early next week if Baylor holds true to form. This week might just be shaping up as one of the best in Baylor football history, Bears fans. Enjoy it.