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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. Sep 8 - 12:28 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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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.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 10 - 12:36 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 14 - 12:33 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 7 - 2:36 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 25 - 12:17 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.
Jun 17 - 10:38 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.
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