Baylor coach Art Briles may be dealing with some negative publicity right now in the wake of sexual assault complaints and lawsuits against the football program, but he can at least say that he’s not suffering financially as a result.
Per a report from USA Today, tax returns from 2014 state that Briles made over $5.3 million in base salary, $1.7 million more than he made the previous year. Throw in bonuses and the like, and his total salary for 2014 jumps to $5.9 million, making him the highest paid coach in the Big 12 ahead of Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops ($5.4 million). In terms of overall salary, that would put Briles at third highest-paid in terms of college coaches, trailing only Alabama’s Nick Saban and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh.
And there’s no denying that Briles has earned his pay. Since arriving at Baylor in 2008, he has turned the Bears into a regular contender, going 65-37 (39-30 Big 12) with two conference titles and a bowl record of 3-3. Thus, so long as he keeps winning, he should keep rolling in the big bucks.
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