Nov 13, 2013 9:06 PM by Associated Press
Baylor coach Art Briles has agreed to a new 10-year contract with the fourth-ranked Bears, the team he has taken from perennial Big 12 loser to the conference's lone remaining undefeated team.
Briles told The Associated Press on Wednesday night he is really "humbled and blessed" by the new deal that goes into effect after this season.
"It allows us to do what our job is, concentrate on Texas Tech this Saturday," Briles said. "We feel fortunate to be at Baylor, and are glad the feeling is mutual."
Baylor regents approved the deal Wednesday. Financial terms weren't revealed, which is standard policy for the private university.
When Briles arrived at Baylor six years ago, the Bears had just finished their 12th consecutive losing season under four coaches since the inception of the Big 12.
Briles is 41-30 at Baylor, which is 8-0 for the first time in school history. The Bears are fifth in the BCS standings and have won a school-record 12 games in a row. Briles' fast-paced spread offense has turned Baylor into a national title contender this season. The Bears are averaging 61 points per game, on pace to break a major college football record.
The 10-year deal goes through the 2023 season. It replaces future years in his current contract under which he was already signed for multiple seasons.
"We've got a lot of bridges to cross. We feel like we're in the infant stages of our program, without question," Briles said. "That's what makes it exciting."
Baylor went 4-8 in each of Briles' first two seasons, including 2009 when Robert Griffin III suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game of the season.
But in 2010, the Bears had their first winning season as a Big 12 team and made it to their first bowl game in 16 years. A year later, Griffin won the Heisman Trophy while the Bears capped their first 10-win season since Mike Singletary was a linebacker at the school 31 years earlier with a win over Washington in the Alamo Bowl.
Next season, the Bears move into a new $260 million on-campus stadium situated on the banks of the Brazos River.
Briles was 34-28 in five seasons at Houston, which had gone 0-11 two seasons before he got there. He led the Cougars to four bowl games.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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