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Billy Joe “Red” McCombs answers questions from the media during his 90th birthday celebration Monday.

Billy Joe “Red” McCombs answers questions from the media during his 90th birthday celebration Monday.

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Baylor head football coach Art Briles talks with the media during a press conference in Waco on Aug. 25, 2014. Keep clicking for a current list of the highest paid college football coaches in the country.

Baylor head football coach Art Briles talks with the media during a press conference in Waco on Aug. 25, 2014. Keep clicking for a current list of the highest paid college football coaches in the country.

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25. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech

$3.41 million per year

25. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech

$3.41 million per year

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24. Ed Orgeron, LSU

$3.47 million per year

24. Ed Orgeron, LSU

$3.47 million per year

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21 (tie). Chad Morris, Arkansas

$3.5 million per year

21 (tie). Chad Morris, Arkansas

$3.5 million per year

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21 (tie). Chris Petersen, Washington

$3.5 million per year

21 (tie). Chris Petersen, Washington

$3.5 million per year

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21 (tie). P.J. Fleck, Minnesota

$3.5 million per year

21 (tie). P.J. Fleck, Minnesota

$3.5 million per year

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20. James Franklin, Penn State

$3.7 million per year

20. James Franklin, Penn State

$3.7 million per year

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19. Kirby Smart, Georgia

$3.75 million per year

19. Kirby Smart, Georgia

$3.75 million per year

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18. Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee

$3.8 million per year

18. Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee

$3.8 million per year

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17. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

$3.9 million per year

17. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa

$3.9 million per year

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16. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State

$4.38 million per year

16. Mark Dantonio, Michigan State

$4.38 million per year

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15. Chip Kelly, UCLA

$4.66 million per year

15. Chip Kelly, UCLA

$4.66 million per year

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12 (tie). Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State

$5 million per year

12 (tie). Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State

$5 million per year

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12 (tie). Willie Taggart, Florida State

$5 million per year

12 (tie). Willie Taggart, Florida State

$5 million per year

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12 (tie). Scott Frost, Nebraska

$5 million per year

12 (tie). Scott Frost, Nebraska

$5 million per year

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11. Gary Patterson, TCU

$5.1 million per year

(Patterson agreed to an extension on Nov. 24, but details of that contract have not been released)

11. Gary Patterson, TCU

$5.1 million per year

(Patterson agreed to an extension on Nov. 24, but details of that contract have not been released)

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10. Tom Herman, Texas

$5.5 million per year

10. Tom Herman, Texas

$5.5 million per year

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9. David Shaw, Stanford

$5.6 million per year

9. David Shaw, Stanford

$5.6 million per year

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8. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona
$5.6 million

8. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona
$5.6 million

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7. Dan Mullen, Florida

$6.1 million per year

7. Dan Mullen, Florida

$6.1 million per year

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6. Urban Meyer, Ohio State

$6.13 million per year

6. Urban Meyer, Ohio State

$6.13 million per year

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5. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan

$6.8 million per year

5. Jim Harbaugh, Michigan

$6.8 million per year

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4. Gus Malzahn, Auburn

$7 million per year

4. Gus Malzahn, Auburn

$7 million per year

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3. Dabo Swinney, Clemson

$7 million per year

3. Dabo Swinney, Clemson

$7 million per year

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2. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M

$7.5 million per year

2. Jimbo Fisher, Texas A&M

$7.5 million per year

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1. Nick Saban, Alabama

$11.2 million per year

1. Nick Saban, Alabama

$11.2 million per year

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Red McCombs pushing UIW to hire disgraced former Baylor coach Art Briles

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Billionaire B.J. "Red" McCombs told the Express-News on Friday he has reached out to the University of the Incarnate Word's board of trustees in an attempt to convince the Cardinals to hire disgraced former Baylor coach Art Briles as their next football coach.

"You not only will be getting the best football coach available but also the best man," McCombs said he told UIW trustees.

But a UIW source with knowledge of the situation said the school is not considering Briles as a candidate.

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"The school has been approached by many friends of coach Briles, but there is not any interest," said the source, who requested anonymity because he has not been authorized by the school to discuss its coaching search publicly.

Briles has been out of work since Baylor fired him in May 2016 after a lengthy investigation into the school's athletic department's handling of sexual assault allegations.

Baylor fired Briles after its board of regents released the findings of fact from law firm Pepper Hamilton's investigation into the school.

During Briles' eight-season tenure at Baylor, many football players were accused of sexual assault. Pepper Hamilton's investigation found failings within the leadership of the athletic department and the football program.

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The investigation led to Briles' firing, the resignation of athletic director Ian McCaw and president Ken Starr's eventual removal.

But McCombs dismissed Briles' considerable baggage as a "bunch of baloney…a bunch of garbage."

"The man that I know wouldn't even come close to being the kind of guy those people (painted him out to be)," McCombs said. "I don't think (Baylor) handled the job right, but that's their business, not mine.

"But what happens to little Incarnate Word is my business. I want them to do well, but I am afraid they are fighting an uphill battle, and this could be their big breakthrough."

McCombs suggested Briles, 62, could use the UIW job as a springboard back into college football's "big time."

"In two years' time, he would leave them with an unbelievable program in place and then could go to the big time, because that's where he should be in the first place," McCombs said.

A fervent University of Texas booster, McCombs has also opened up his checkbook up for UIW, where a university center bears his name.

The UIW job opened up last month after the school fired Larry Kennan following a 1-10 season, including 1-7 in the Southland Conference.

Kennan was 20-46 in six seasons at the school, which competes in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA).

The Cardinals added football to their athletic program in 2007 and played their first season in 2009 in NCAA Division II.

Briles was 65-37 in eight seasons at Baylor, leading the Bears to football prominence after years as a doormat.

In an interview with ESPN in September 2016, Briles accepted responsibility for Baylor's poor handling of the sexual assault allegations involving players, saying his "heart certainly aches" for victims. In the interview, Briles also distanced himself from decisions made after some players had been accused of criminal activity.

It looked like Briles had finally found a coaching job after the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League announced Aug. 28 they had hired him as their "assistant head coach offense."

But just hours after making that announcement, the Tiger cats announced after a fan and media backlash that Briles would not be joining former SMU coach June Jones' staff.

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