Art Briles is back in college football after Grambling State hired him to be their next offensive coordinator.
But there have already been plenty of critics, including one of the most notable alums, former Grambling State QB Doug Williams, who led the Washington Redskins to a Super Bowl title where he claimed MVP honors.
In speaking with the Washington Post on Thursday, Williams blasted Grambling State for hiring Briles given his past.
“I’m not a fan at all,” Williams said of the Briles hire. “I’m very, very disappointed in Grambling, I really am.…I talked to the A.D. a couple times. They knew where I stood, but they did it and if that’s what they want to do, that’s fine. I’m out.”
When asked if Williams will continue to support Grambling State he gave a resounding “no.”
“Oh, no. I can’t do that. No, no, no. If I support them, I condone it,” Williams continued.
Briles, now 66, resigned from Mount Vernon High School (Texas) in 2020 after two seasons as their head coach. 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.
However, an investigation back in 2016 found 17 women reported sexual assault or violence, which involved 19 Baylor football players, between 2011 and 2016. Briles was reportedly made known of those allegations, but failed to act on them. He was later fired.
After his firing at Baylor, Briles was away from coaching for a few years before he was hired in the Canadian Football League. Briles also coached in the Italian Football League prior to his most recent high school football stint. Now, Briles will journey back into the ranks of college football for the first time since he left Baylor half a decade ago.