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Former Baylor HC Art Briles took part in the Birmingham Football Coaching Clinic with UAB coaches.
Briles was among those who lectured high school coaches on "Making Concepts Into Themes." He told those present that he hoped to coach for another decade. He will have to work toward that after his reputation was absolutely torched in the sexual assault scandal which leveled the Waco community last spring. While Briles predictably declined to speak on the scandal, he did open up about his job plans, saying, "There are a lot of different opportunities, but we'll just have to see if that's what it leads to. This is the first time in my life that I've ever been open and free because I started coaching before I graduated college." While Briles does not currently hold a position at any level of coaching, he mentioned the possibility of working as a volunteer or consultant in 2017. Apr 2 - 2:49 PM

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Former Baylor HC Art Briles denies that he helped cover up sexual assault cases levied against football players.

Back in February, a trio of Baylor regents released a slew of troubling emails and text messages from Briles as response to a libel lawsuit being levied against the university. In a letter obtained by KWTX-TV, Briles said, "Let me be clear. I did not cover up sexual violence. Anyone well-versed in my work as a coach knows that I strove to promote excellence, but never at the sacrifice or safety for anyone." He called reports in the media "inaccurate, misleading and unfair," adding, "I hope and pray that at some point, those feeding this disinformation will stop, and full disclose rather than messaging misdirection will take place." Briles had indicated last summer that he hoped to coach again in 2017. So far as we know, he received next to no interest on the coaching carousel this winter.
Mar 2 - 3:35 PM

According to emails and text messages released by three university regents, former Baylor HC Art Briles and his assistants actively intervened in the discipline of football players.

The documents filed in a Dallas County court were a response to a libel lawsuit brought forth by former football director of operations Colin Shillinglaw against the school and members of its senior leadership. The school's regents are alleging that Briles and his staff created a disciplinary "black hole" into "which reports of misconduct such as drug use, physical assault, domestic violence, brandishing of guns, indecent exposure and academic fraud disappeared." Last week, a woman filed a Title IX lawsuit against the school alleging 52 sexual assaults committed by "not less" than 31 players from 2011-2014. Briles dropped his defamation suit against three regents and Baylor vice president Reagan Ramsower on Wednesday. More details from this sordid story, including examples of texts Briles allegedly sent, are at the link below.
Feb 3 - 1:59 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Auburn will not consider former Baylor HC Art Briles for their OC opening "because of his role at Baylor in the sexual assaults scandal."

Following OC Rhett Lashlee's defection to UConn, this would have made all sorts of sense. Briles is close with Tigers HC Gus Malzahn, and former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham transferred to Auburn in December. But Briles' name is still radioactive due to the scandal. ESPN reported that the race to replace Lashlee is "wide open" and the new offensive coordinator "will run the offense."
Source: ESPN
Jan 12 - 1:16 PM

Former Baylor HC Art Briles is suing three school regents and a vice president for libel.

Per the Associated Press report, Briles is "accusing [the associated parties] of falsely stating he knew of reported assaults and alleged gang rapes by players and didn't report them." In addition, his lawsuit alleges that Baylor officials conspired to prevent him from landing another head-coaching job. The university has yet to issue comment on this lawsuit. Briles was terminated in May as part of an organizational shakeup in response to the school's sexual assault scandal.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 06:29:00 PM

Former Baylor HC Art Briles told ESPN's Tom Rinaldi, "I understand I made some mistakes."

"There was some bad things that went on under my watch [in terms of sexual assault cases by football players]. I was the captain of this ship. The captain of the ship goes down with it," Briles said. Baylor announced their intent to terminate him near the end of May. In early August, Briles told reporters that he would like to coach next season and that his search will begin in earnest come November and December.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 12:28:00 PM

Speaking with the media for the first time since his termination at the end of May, former Baylor HC Art Briles indicated that he plans on looking for a new coaching opportunity in late autumn.

"I hope November, December, that’s the plan," Briles said while attending a Dallas Cowboys practice. "Unfortunately some job will come open. I’ve never rooted against anybody or any team, but that’s the nature of the business, so we’ll see what happens then." He also explained that he felt "dumbfounded" by his late-May termination before adding that "[r]eality is reality and so what I've got to do is redefine myself and start a new chapter. And that's what I'm doing." Unless this summer's wildfire at Baylor tarnished his brand beyond repair -- there is no evidence that this is the case -- he figures to be about as hot of a coaching commodity as there is when the fall carousel commences to spin.
Wed, Aug 10, 2016 12:36:00 PM

Former Baylor HC Art Briles said that he expects to coach in 2017.

Briles spoke briefly with a reporter from KCEN-TV in Waco after grabbing lunch with a few of his former players and coaches (plus family). "Yeah," he said, "I'm gonna coach again," adding that he planned on doing so in 2017. Beyond that piece of vagueness, little is known about Briles' future plans. He could try his hand at a coordinating position in the NFL, seek a return to the college ranks or even take a stab at high school ball. Outside of his off-the-cuff remarks this week and a statement released at the beginning of June, he has yet to address the media.
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 12:33:00 PM

The lawyers for former Baylor HC Art Briles filed a motion requesting that their client be removed from a federal lawsuit levied against the university.

The lawsuit regards Baylor's handling of allegations from a former student who alleged that former football player Tevin Elliott raped her in 2012. Elliott was convicted and sentenced to prison in 2014. At least part of Briles' argument is that he simply can't be held liable here. "It is well established in Texas that as a general rule," the motion read, "a person has no legal duty to protect another from the criminal acts of another." On top of that, the motion argues that this lawsuit (filed in 2016) does not fall within the two-year statute of limitation.
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 02:36:00 PM

Baylor and HC Art Briles have officially agreed to a termination of his contract.

The coach and university reached an undisclosed settlement last week. "Both parties acknowledge that there were serious shortcomings in the response to reports of sexual violence by some student-athletes," Baylor said in a statement, "including deficiencies in University processes and the delegation of disciplinary responsibilities with the football program." The board of regents moved to have Briles terminated at the end of May in response to a report from law firm Pepper Hamilton regarding the toxic, unsafe environment on campus. Former Wake Forest HC Jim Grobe was subsequently hired to serve in an interim capacity for the coming season. Briles has not spoken out about his future plans as of yet.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 12:17:00 PM

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.
Fri, Jun 17, 2016 10:38:00 AM

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.
Thu, Jun 16, 2016 01:30:00 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."
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 03:59:00 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."
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 12:26:00 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.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 12:14:00 PM