There were a lot of rumors swirling from Waco that if Baylor head football coach Art Briles had been offered a good job after this season that he was gone. And no one could have blamed him had the University of Texas, or maybe Texas A&M called.
Despite the job he has done at Baylor, no one can blame anybody for passing up the chance to take certain jobs, such as the two flagship schools in Texas.
Much to the delight of Baylor nation, that will not be happening now.
In a wise move, Baylor has signed Briles to a 10-year extension that will keep him there through the 2023 season. Of course, since this is college football contracts have a tendency to be worthless but ... for now, Briles belongs to Baylor.
Chip Brown of Orangebloods.com Tweeted that the buyout on Briles' deal is a staggering $5 million. Dollars. Five. Million. Dollars. Right now, he will make in excess of $3.5 million per season.
Hard to argue this decision for either party. It gives many future Briles' financial security, Art a place where he will have the keys for years, and Baylor the security knowing it will have its coach for the next decade.
The job Art Briles has done in turning Baylor into a national name is on the same plane, or perhaps even greater, than what Garry Patterson did at TCU.
Like TCU did with Patterson, you don't let these guys go.
You bury them in money to make sure they are yours.
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