Former Baylor head coach Art Briles had a new job. On Monday morning it was announced that Briles was joining the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats as the team’s assistant head coach offense (yes, that’s the title).
The tie in here is that the Tiger-Cats head coach is longtime college coach June Jones, who was the SMU head coach from 2008-2014 and has spent his entire live in the coaching world, either college or the NFL.
Art Briles was fired last year amid the scandal surrounding the Baylor football program, along with the university’s handling of domestic violence allegations.
The backlash on social media proved too much to handle and on Monday night the CFL nixed the deal.
The CFL announces Art Briles will NOT join the Hamilton Tiger-Cats staff. pic.twitter.com/Ks1izs24ZB
— The All-American (@TheAthleticCFB) August 29, 2017
His coaching acumen has never been in doubt. In eight seasons as Baylor’s head coach, Briles’ won back-to-back Big 12 Championships (2013-14) and finished with a record of 65-37, while going 39-30 in Big 12 games. He took over a Bears program that went 4-8 in his first two seasons and improved to go 32-7 over his final three seasons on the job. Prior to his time at Baylor, Briles helped lead a turnaround as the head coach of the Houston Cougars, taking a program from 7-6 and 3-8 his first two seasons, to winning Conference USA his final two seasons on the job.
That fact that Briles even took a job in the Canadian Football League tells me this is a guy who really wants to get back on the sidelines. He has enough money to live out the rest of his life, and many more, very comfortably. But my assumption is that June Jones is a friend who was giving him his second chance.
But now, based on what happened here? You can forget Art Briles ever coaching again, anywhere, at any level.
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