Art Briles and Baylor Agree to 10-Year Contract Extension

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIINovember 13, 2013

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Baylor Bears head football coach Art Briles had his contract extended by 10 years through the 2023 season by the university's Board of Regents on Wednesday.

Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News reported on the matter, and noted that this builds on the extension that he agreed to last season: reporter Chip Brown reports specifics:

Briles has engineered an offensive juggernaut in Waco that has graduated prolific quarterbacks such as 2012 No. 2 overall NFL draft pick Robert Griffin III, Nick Florence and now has Heisman Trophy contender Bryce Petty as the trigger man.

WACO, TX - OCTOBER 19: Bryce Petty #14 of the Baylor Bears drops back to throw a pass against the Iowa State Cyclones on October 19, 2013 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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Baylor leads the nation with a whopping 61 points per contest. While Petty has been impressive in throwing 21 touchdowns to just one interception, the running back tandem of Lache Seastrunk and Shock Linwood has combined for 1,513 yards on the ground and 18 touchdowns.     

But the Bears have seen an improvement on defense this season, ranking seventh in yielding just 15.4 points per game. It has helped them to an undefeated record thus far and positioned them at No. 5 in the latest BCS rankings.

Before Briles guided Baylor to a bowl game in his third season in 2010, the program hadn't secured a bowl berth in 15 seasons. Since Griffin's rise to stardom in winning the Heisman in 2011, the Bears have continued to thrive.

Baylor Stadium opens next year, and Carlton asserts that the school was doing everything it could to secure Briles for its inaugural game in 2014:

Briles has compiled a record of 41-30 in his Baylor tenure to date, and previously coached five seasons at the University of Houston.

In 2013, he has the Bears at a perfect 8-0 and looking to gain even more ground in the coming weeks. Baylor hosts Texas Tech on Nov. 16 before back-to-back road games at No. 12 Oklahoma State and at TCU. Baylor finishes the regular season with a home game against No. 24 Texas.