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Art Briles Can Face Trial for Negligence Claims Made by Former Baylor Student

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 7, 2017

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2015, file photo, Baylor coach Art Briles stands in the tunnel before the team's NCAA college football game against Texas in Waco, Texas. Former Baylor coach Briles conceded months ago that the sexual assault scandal that led to his firing likely ended his career. That's not the case for some of his former assistants, including his son Kendal Briles. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
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A Texas federal judge has ruled former Baylor head coach Art Briles can stand trial for negligence. 

Per ESPN's Mark Schlabach, the ruling stems from claims made against Briles "by a former female student who was raped by football player Tevin Elliott in 2012."

United States District Judge Robert Pitman ruled Jasmin Hernandez will be allowed to proceed with her "Title IX and negligence claims against Baylor University and her negligence claim" against Briles and former Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw.

Pitman wrote in his ruling that "'disturbing' is an apt descriptor for allegations that (Briles and McCaw) put the interests of the football team or the reputation of the university ahead of other students' interest in not being sexually assaulted, ultimately leading to Plaintiff's own sexual assault by Elliott."

In 2014, Elliott was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000 for two counts of sexually assaulting a former Baylor student two years earlier. 

Briles spent eight years as head football coach at Baylor before the two sides reached a settlement in 2016 to terminate his contract. 

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