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Baylor and former head coach Art Briles have reached a contract settlement, according to Jason King of Bleacher Report.
Details are "unclear" at the moment, however, Briles had eight years and $40 million left on his contract. The timing is noteworthy, as Briles issued a statement on Thursday saying he was wrongfully terminated and said the school is guilty of a "breach of contract." Briles lawyers basically accused Baylor of making the former head coach the fall guy. Jim Grobe has already signed on as the school's interim head coach for the 2016 season, and a few outspoken people connected with Baylor reportedly were working to possibly bring Briles back in the future. Jun 17 - 10:38 AM

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Former Baylor HC Art Briles is accusing the university of wrongful termination.

Contrary to what Baylor lawyers claimed last week, Briles does not want to settle a federal lawsuit that has been filed against himself and the university in regards to an alleged sexual assault committed by a football player. That much became clear in a motion filed on Thursday. Not only does he not want to settle, his legal team is requesting that the university turn over any and all files relating to the incidents that led to his termination. According to Briles' petition, he met with Baylor attorneys on April 7 and they then turned around and used what he told them to justify his firing. Suffice it to say, all of the talk from earlier in the week about a potential Briles return to Baylor in 2017 should be considered dead at this point.
Jun 16 - 1:30 PM

Horns Digest's Chip Brown reports that Baylor and former HC Art Briles are in settlement talks.

Brown further reports that a push by several big-money boosters to reinstate Briles in 2017 has failed. It will be interesting to see how the settlement shakes out. At the time of his removal at the end of May, he still had -- per Brown -- eight years, $40 million left on his contract. One source the reporter spoke to predicted that "[the settlement] will land in the middle, probably in the neighborhood of $20 million."
Jun 15 - 3:59 PM

Baylor spokesperson Tonya Lewis said that there has been no vote on the possible reinstatement of former HC Art Briles.

There is a push among a faction of boosters -- USA Today's Dan Wolken referred to them as a "small minority -- to merely suspend Briles for a year before reinstating him in 2017. To this point, that movement has not gained legitimate traction, at least not to the point where the Board of Regents is voting on it. Said Lewis, "As has been reported, the Baylor Board of Regents did meet last night to discuss a variety of matters. We can confirm, there was no vote regarding the employment status of Art Briles."
Jun 15 - 12:26 PM

Baylor interim president David Garland acknowledged that there is support among several important donors to bring former HC Art Briles back in 2017.

"A lot of fans love what the coach did on the football field, and you can understand that. But other factors have to be taken into consideration," Garland said in an interview with WFAA-TV (Dallas). Horns Digest's Chip Brown initially reported on Monday morning that some boosters were in favor of issuing a one-year suspension to Briles, rather than an outright firing. A short while later, USA Today's Dan Wolken reported that those in favor of such a plan represented a "small minority," referring to a possible Briles return as unlikely. And an anonymous donor later said that the actual goal is not necessarily to incite Briles' return, but rather to at least allow him a chance to defend himself. And another donor, Bob Simpson, went on the record saying, "We don't know yet. We'd like to see [Briles come back]." Stay tuned.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 12:14 PM

An anonymous donor for Baylor said that high-level boosters are seeking more transparency from the Board of Regents.

According to a report from WFAA ABC's Mike Leslie, it is not true that boosters are lobbying for Briles' return, rather they are seeking "transparency from the Board of Regents and for the opportunity for Briles to defend himself." Widespread reports surfaced on Monday that some corners of Baylor are seeking a one-year Briles suspension, rather than an out-and-out firing. The anonymous donor indicated that there will be a meeting on Monday night to discuss the entire situation, but that no vote is expected at that time. The donor also said that any reports that some heavy boosters are going to pull their monetary contributions if Briles is not brought back on board are "a load of crap."
Source: WFAA
Jun 13 - 3:20 PM

USA Today's Dan Wolken reports that while a "small minority" of Baylor donors are pushing for the return of HC Art Briles in 2017, such a move is unlikely.

Earlier on Monday morning, Horns' Digest's Chip Brown wrote that there is a faction of the board of regents that would want Briles merely suspended for the coming season, rather than outright fired. Wolken's report backs the assertion that there are, indeed, some on the board who would favor a suspension over a firing. Per his little birdies, though, they are "few in number at this point and considered to be on the margins." We don't doubt that some at the university want Briles reinstated as head coach, but it's difficult to see it happening in actuality.
Source: USA Today
Jun 13 - 12:43 PM

According to Chip Brown of Horns Digest, there is a push for the board of regents to vote on a one-year suspension for former head coach Art Briles, rather than a complete firing.

Brown continues by reporting Briles met with "some key figures" last Thursday and the topic was discussed, however, Briles' stance is unknown at this point. The vote could happen on Monday and the move "is being driven by some of the biggest big-money donors at the school." This move cannot happen. Period. Many are still amazed that coaches remain on the football staff. Briles did not handle the numerous situations correctly. Or close to it. If Briles is ultimately fired, Brown reports Baylor will owe him between $15 million and $25 million.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 13 - 8:22 AM

Former Baylor chancellor Ken Starr produced a bizarre blunder of an on-camera interview with local news station KWTX.

Check out the video, as it will be difficult to put the absurdity of it into words. Starr was asked if he saw or opened an email that was sent by a Baylor student who said she had been raped. Starr's first response? "I honestly may have. I’m not denying that I saw it." Then, after a meeting with a public relations consultant and some instructions to the camera crew, Starr changed his answer to, "All I’m going to say is I honestly have no recollection of that." The email was sent to both Starr and former head coach Art Briles, among others, and took six days for anyone to respond.
Source: KWTX
Jun 3 - 10:31 AM

In a statement released on Thursday, former Baylor HC Art Briles said, "My heart goes out to the victims for the pain that they have endured."

"Sexual assault has no place on our campus or in our society. As a father of two daughters, a grandfather, and a husband," Briles said, "my prayers are with the victims of this type of abuse, wherever they are." He declined to offer comment on his termination due to contractual obligations, but said that "the complete scope of what happened here has not been disclosed."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 2 - 12:15 PM

Through KWTX's Julie Hays, Art Briles responded publicly for the first time since his firing at Baylor.

Briles is "contractually obligated to remain silent on the matter," but he did express his remorse and admitted to knowing he should have handled things differently in the past. Who knows what Briles will do next, coach at the high school, FCS or NFL level.
Source: KWTX
Jun 2 - 11:02 AM

FOX Sports' Stewart Mandel believes that former Baylor HC Art Briles' best path to a coaching return would come via high school, lower-level college or the NFL.

"The more intriguing possibility is the NFL," Mandel wrote, "where he'd be free to focus solely on football, as is clearly his want." He notes that some in the NFL are dismissive of Briles' offensive schemes due to their relative simplicity, though, and that that perception could potentially limit his opportunities for a coordinating job at the professional level. As for a return to the FBS, Mandel wrote, "I'm sure certain ADs (not all) will be tempted. But ultimately the president has to sign off. And he's not going to if he reads that [fact-finding report that led to Briles' firing]."
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 1 - 1:03 PM

Baylor AD Ian McCaw resigned.

In a statement released by Baylor on Monday, McCaw said, "My time at Baylor has been an incredible journey filled with some of the most remarkable people I have ever known." He indicated that "a change in athletics department leadership is in Baylor University's best interest in order to promote the unity, healing and restoration that must occur in order to move forward." McCaw -- who helped the Bears settle on interim HC Jim Grobe before tendering his resignation -- had served as Baylor's athletic director since 2003. No interim AD has been named as of this posting.
Source: ESPN.com
May 30 - 8:25 PM

Former Baylor HC Art Briles' daughter, Staley Lebby, released a post on Facebook defending her father's integrity and calling his firing a "media witch hunt."

"This media witch hunt has been the most disturbing thing I've ever witnessed. The situation has been blown so out of proportion. Sadly," Lebby wrote, "Baylor was influenced heavily by the media and felt pressured to let him go. I guess a man that has resurrected your program and made you a top 10 program wasn't worth fighting for or defending." She praised Briles' character at length in her post and called him "one of the most giving & unselfish people I've ever been around." Baylor players voiced similar sentiments on Twitter, with senior safety Orion Stewardt saying that Briles "[t]ook a chance on a skinny ass kid wit barely any offers" and sophomore defensive tackle Andrew Morris writing simply "Injustice."
May 27 - 2:49 PM

Baylor players showed strong support on social media for ousted former HC Art Briles on Thursday.

Bears players were nearly as outraged by Briles' firing as the public was about the circumstances that got him fired. A smattering from the myriad tweets: "Injustice," sophomore defensive tackle Andrew Morris wrote. Junior linebacker Raaquan Davis: "WOWWWWWW BROOOOO [series of furious face emojis]." Senior cornerback Ryan Reid: "Coach B when God closes one door he opens another! I love you man!" Senior safety Orion Stewart: "Only reason I'm here today is Coach B.. Took a chance on a skinny ass kid wit barely any offers but had had faith in me and I did it 4 him!!"
May 26 - 8:55 PM