Former Baylor Bears coach Art Briles is getting his chance to be back on the sidelines and it starts next week at the high school level in Texas at Class 3A Mount Vernon.
In many ways, life has come full circle for Briles, as the high school level is where he made his name in Texas. He led Stephenville HS to Class 4A state and division titles in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 1999. Then, he rose through the college ranks, working as an assistant at Texas Tech and as head coach at the University of Houston and Baylor.
As Briles gets ready to return to the sidelines, he spoke to the Houston Chronicle, saying, “I just want to coach football. That’s all I’m concerned with. It’s all I’ve ever done. I just want to coach football, it doesn’t matter what level. Football is football, and as far as what I want to accomplish, there’s really nothing there other than getting back on the field and working with coaches and players.“
Briles added he understood the controversy that surrounds his return to coaching, but remains confident in his abilities, adding, “I’m a football coach. If you’re in the public eye, then you’re going to have people who are going to doubt you and maybe not want everything to work out for you personally and professionally.“
Briles has been unable to land a job in North America since Baylor fired him in 2016 for the sexual assault scandal. He was under consideration for jobs with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League and as Southern Mississippi’s offensive coordinator before protests resulted in Briles being removed from consideration.
He most recently spent the last nine months coaching in Florence, Italy.
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