Three years after being fired by Baylor amid a sexual assault scandal within the football program, Art Briles landed a job Friday with the Mount Vernon Independent School District.
Briles agreed to a two-year contract with the school to be its next head football coach, according to superintendent Jason McCullough.
Before going 65-37 in eight seasons at Baylor in one of the greatest on-field turnarounds in recent college football history, Briles was a highly-successful high school coach in Texas for 20 years, including four state championships at Stephenville in the 1990s.
McCullough spoke to ESPN-Central Texas radio and said, “We believe we have hired an exceptional coach who comes with strong references from his previous employers. He has been forthright and honest with us and we believe that he will be able to use his life experiences to teach our young people how to deal with hardships, grow through adversity and develop strong character.”
Briles said in a statement, “High school football is a Texas institution. As a coach, it’s my first love. You’ll make no bigger impact in this world than when you shape the lives of young people — one practice, one game, and one life at a time. I am excited to be coaching at Mount Vernon this fall.”
Briles won back-to-back Big 12 Championships in 2013 and 2014 before the scandal broke in 2016. Since then he’s been unable to land any coaching job in North America, with the CFL’s Tiger-Cats reneging on an offer after public backlash. Briles was hired in 2018 to coach a team in Florence, Italy.
Briles has maintained his innocence and has insisted he did not cover up reports of assaults by players during his time at Baylor.
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