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Art Briles on firing: “I’m dumbfounded”

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Former Baylor head football coach Art Briles won’t be sailing off into the sunset. In fact, he told ESPN he’s hoping to have another job by November or December.

As for his firing from Baylor, Briles said, “I’m dumbfounded and trying to process everything as it goes, but it is what it is. Reality 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.”

Briles was initially suspended in May in the wake of the sexual assault scandal that involved players of the football team, but the University then fired Briles in June.

Baylor hired Jim Grobe to replace Briles. Most recently, Grobe was the head coach for Wake Forest from 2001-2013.

Baylor president Ken Starr was demoted as a result of the scandal, while Ian McCaw resigned as athletic director.

When speaking about his next job, Briles added, “I’ve never rooted against anybody or any team, but that’s the nature of the business, so we’ll see what happens then. But like I said it’s going to be a new journey and I’m excited to take it. I really am.”

At 60 years old, that doesn’t sound like a man set to retire anytime soon. Briles went 65-37 at Baylor and won 10 or more games in four of his last five seasons on the job.

Ultimately, someone is going to hire Briles. He’s too good of an offensive mind to be on the sidelines too long. That’s the reality. It’s the same in any business, whether it’s athletes, coaches, financial professionals… the better you are at your craft, the more quickly people forgive. Is that right? Or is it wrong? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!

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