Art Briles Expresses Desire to Coach Again Following Baylor Scandal

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2017

WACO, TX - SEPTEMBER 26:  Head coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears leads his team against the Rice Owls at McLane Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Former Baylor University head football coach Art Briles confirmed he wants another coaching job after getting dismissed by the Bears program amid the school's sexual assault scandal.

Joseph Goodman of AL.com passed along comments Briles made Friday during an appearance at the Birmingham Football Coaching Clinic. He wants to "be able to do what I've done all my life again, which is coach football and be around young people and help young people."

The 61-year-old Texas native doesn't have an exact timetable for getting back on the sideline. He's trying to make sure all of those who worked alongside him at Baylor land on their feet before looking toward his own options for next season and beyond.

"It just didn't affect me," Briles said. "It affected numerous office personnel, strength staff and all the coaches. My main focus, honestly, this year has been to make sure they can continue doing what they love doing and provide for their families. So, that's where I've been."

Briles said but he's still analyzing the next step he should take, per AL.com.

"It might be as a volunteer, or it might be as a consultant," he said. "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."

Baylor announced a series of leadership changes in May 2016 after the school's Board of Regents stated it was "horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus" following an investigation into the issue, which led to Briles' exit.

In February, the former coach dropped a libel lawsuit against university officials after he'd accused them of falsely stating he knew about and failed to report information about sexual misconduct.

The decision came days after a Baylor University graduate filed a lawsuit alleging she was raped by football players in 2013. Sarah Mervosh of the Dallas Morning News noted documents filed in the case claimed "31 Baylor football players committed at least 52 acts of rape, including five gang rapes, between 2011 and 2014."

Briles was the head coach at Baylor from November 2007 through May 2016. He previously held the same position at the University of Houston after more than two decades in various coaching positions at the high school and collegiate levels.


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