Art Briles

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Report: Southern Miss To Interview Art Briles For Offensive Coordinator Job

February 04, 2019 - 11:24 am

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan/AP) - Former Baylor head coach, Art Briles, is on the Southern Mississippi campus to interview for their offensive coordinator position, according to the Sun Herald. 

Briles was fired by Baylor in 2016 amid a sexual assault scandal at the Baptist school and hasn’t coached since. He told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in August that he had been hired to coach an American football team, Guelfi Firenze, in Florence, Italy. Briles joined the team in October.

Baylor fired Briles after a school investigation found his football program operated as if it was “above the rules” and that staff interfered with assault investigations and witnesses.

Briles released a one-page letter defending himself against allegations that he ignored incidents of assault and ran a rogue football program full of miscreants. The letter was issued one day after the Texas Rangers, the state’s elite criminal investigations unit, said it had opened a preliminary probe into how Baylor handled assault reports over several years.

“I did not cover-up any sexual violence. I had no contact with anyone that claimed to be a victim of sexual or domestic assault. Anyone well-versed in my work as a coach knows that I strove to promote excellence, but never at the sacrifice of safety for anyone,” Briles wrote . “I did not obstruct justice on campus or off.”

In a lawsuit deposition in June, former athletic director Ian McCaw said he believed the university used the football program as a scapegoat for widespread problems at the university. School officials have denied McCaw’s claims.