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Baylor locks up Art Briles through 2023

Baylor has approved a 10-year contract extension for Art Briles that will run through the 2023 season.

Baylor has extended coach Art Briles' contract through 2023. (Photo: Orlin Wagner, AP)The school’s board of regents approved the extension on Wednesday. The new deal begins next season and will pay Briles more than $4 million to start.

“We feel fortunate to be at Baylor and are glad the feeling is mutual,” Briles told The Associated Press.

The Bears are currently 8-0 and No. 5 in the BCS rankings. Baylor is set to open its new $260 million football stadium next season.

With his name mentioned in connection with several openings last year, Baylor’s regents approved an eight-year extension that averaged $3.5 million. Wednesday’s extension adds three years to that contract.

The extension serves as a preemptive strike to Texas, or any other school that might come knocking. Details of the contract are not available because the school is a private institution, but the Dallas Morning News reports that Briles’ buyout is “significant.”

Baylor hired Briles following the 2007 season. When he arrived, the Bears had not posted a winning season since 1995 and had won just 10 of 96 games in the Big 12.

By 2010, Briles led Baylor to a bowl game, and quarterback Robert Griffin III gave the school its first Heisman Trophy a year later.

“The job that Art is doing on Baylor is going to be viewed as one of the greatest transformations in college football history,” Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said.

” …Our university has shown great commitment to the football program through the stadium project as well as resources and infrastructure.”

Photo: Orlin Wagner, AP

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