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Art Briles Under Consideration for First College Football Job Since Baylor

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The name “Art Briles” has been shrouded in controversy and angst since he was fired by Baylor in 2016 following a massive sexual assault scandal that rocked the college football world.

Now, anytime that his name resurfaces during coaching searches it makes national news, and its now that time of year once again. According to a report from FootballScoop.com, Briles is in consideration for the offensive coordinator position at Grambling State. No deal has been made as of this time, but the university hopes to make it official sometime this week.

 

Briles, now 66, resigned from Mount Vernon High School (Texas) in 2020 after two seasons as their head coach. If Briles is indeed hired, it would be the first time he has been in the college ranks since his departure from Baylor. During his eight seasons with the Bears, Briles compiled a 65-37 record, went 3-3 in bowl games, and led the Bears to their first two Big 12 Championships in school history.

Unfortunately, that success will forever be overshadowed by what allegedly happened under Briles’ watch: a massive sexual assault scandal in which one lawsuit stated that were 52 rapes committed by at least 31 different Baylor football players between 2011 and 2014. In August of 2021, Briles was cleared of all allegations following a five-year investigation that “could not conclude that Baylor violated NCAA rules.”

The case, and ensuing investigation, are still a point of contention among those that follow the sport and it will always cause a stir when anyone that was with the Baylor program during that time is hired elsewhere.

When Oklahoma hired Art Briles son-in-law, Jeff Lebby, as its next offensive coordinator there were questions raised as to whether it was the right thing for the Sooners to do. After the OU administration’s extensive vetting process found no issues with Lebby it was deemed a good fit for the Sooners going forward.

Lebby was a part of Briles’ staff at Baylor but was found to have no idea of what was going on. Regardless, his name is tied to Briles and is an example of what it means to be associated with the former head coach in the aftermath of the scandal.

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