After two seasons at Texas 3A school Mount Vernon, former Baylor head coach Art Briles has resigned from his position.
“After coaching 42 games of football from Florence, Italy, to Mount Vernon, Texas in the last 22 months, I respectfully resign as head football coach and athletic director of the Mount Vernon Tigers,” Briles said in a written statement. “[My wife] Jan and I will forever be indebted to the great folks of Mount Vernon for welcoming us into their community with trust and open arms! Also much love to the students, teachers and administrators, but most importantly to the players and trainers and coaches that dedicated their souls and spirit to achieve a vision of Tiger Grit! I also want to express a special thanks to Dr. McCullough and the Mount Vernon ISD School Board for their belief and trust.”
McCullough also had this statement: “On behalf of MVISD Board of Trustees and all of Mount Vernon, I want to thank Coach Briles for his two years here in Mount Vernon. He and his staff have invested themselves into our community, into our school, and more importantly the lives of our students. This football season was an awesome experience and one that all of Mount Vernon will always remember. He is an amazing coach and the program he has built in Mount Vernon puts us in a position to be successful moving forward. We wish him the very best in whatever the future holds for he and Jan.”
Briles finished 20-6 at Mount Vernon. He was hired in May of 2019, which was three years following amidst a sexual assault scandal involving the football team.
Now the question is: Does Art Briles have something else lined up? In the college ranks?
Late last week, there were reports that Texas Tech boosters were working behind the scenes to get Briles into a conversation to replace Matt Wells, who has struggled in two seasons as head coach.
There’s also rumblings that Liberty University could have interest in Briles, if current head coach Hugh Freeze leaves this offseason for a better job.
Needless to say, Briles still wants to, and believes he can, coach at a high level in college and still has the passion to do it. Now we wait to see what his next move is.
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