Former Baylor coach Art Briles is going to be back on the sidelines. Briles has been hired to coach an American football team in Italy, as first reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Briles has been hired by Guelfi Firenze American Football team, which is located in Florence, Italy. Briles has told ESPN he is required to be in Italy by October and the season begins in March and is played using NCAA rules.
Briles was infamously fired in the wake of the university’s sexual assault scandal in June of 2016 and has struggled to get back in the game ever since. The former Baylor coach was hired by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League last year, but the offer was eventually reneged after a ton of backlash from the public.
Briles told the Star-Telegram that more would continue to come out regarding his Baylor tenure, saying, “I would have done more if I had known more. When these allegations came out, we found out at the same time you did. I had a meeting with the [Baylor] Board of Regents where I made suggestions that I never had the chance to fulfill; it would have been similar in the NFL that handles the discipline problems that took it out of the football coaches’ hands.”
A total of 22 women have filed ten Title IX lawsuits have been filed against Baylor University, including 20 who alleged being either sexually assaulted or physically assaulted, and four of the complaints have been either settled or dismissed.