Art Briles, Who Coached Baylor During Sexual Assault Scandal, Is Hired at Grambling State


Artwork Briles, the previous Baylor soccer coach who was fired in 2016 after a college investigation discovered that he and different coaches botched sexual assault accusations levied towards soccer gamers, was employed Thursday as Grambling State College’s offensive coordinator, college officers stated.

Briles had not coached in faculty soccer since his ousting from Baylor, however he was the top soccer coach at Mount Vernon Excessive College in Texas earlier than resigning in 2020. Briles, 66, additionally coached soccer in Florence, Italy, in 2018.

Briles’s hiring at Louisiana’s Grambling State, one of the vital in style traditionally Black schools in america, instantly raised questions on this system’s tradition below Hue Jackson, the previous Cleveland Browns head coach who was employed to steer the college’s soccer program in December.

Brian Howard, a spokesman for the athletic division, stated it will not formally announce the hiring of Briles or talk about its causes for bringing him again into faculty soccer. Howard added that Briles was interviewed by a reporter from an area tv station and mentioned a number of the controversy surrounding his time at Baylor. The phase that includes Briles was scheduled to air on Thursday night.

The sexual assault scandal marred Baylor for a lot of the 2010s as its soccer program introduced thousands and thousands of {dollars} to the college. A damning report by an outdoor legislation agency included quite a few sexual assault allegations towards soccer gamers — accusations that have been typically deliberately not reported to the correct authorities. The investigation discovered that Baylor instituted “a cultural notion that soccer was above the principles.”

In response, the college’s president, Kenneth Starr, was demoted to chancellor and finally departed. The athletic director, Ian McCaw, who now holds the identical place at Liberty College, resigned. And Briles was fired.

The college reached settlements with a number of ladies who reported harassment or assault and introduced claims below Title IX, the federal legislation that prohibits discrimination on the premise of intercourse at universities.

Final yr, nonetheless, the N.C.A.A. dominated that Baylor didn’t violate its guidelines when it did not report the sexual assault allegations, regardless of even the college’s personal acknowledgment of repeated errors surrounding the scandals. A committee wrote that the allegations towards members of Baylor’s soccer program, a few of which led to felony circumstances and convictions, didn’t solely have an effect on student-athletes, and as a substitute passed off in a “campuswide tradition of sexual violence.” As a result of the allegations weren’t restricted to only student-athletes, the committee concluded that it couldn’t punish the college for a violation of N.C.A.A. guidelines.

After the firing, Briles apologized and acknowledged that he “made errors.” He stated that in hindsight, he would have dealt with issues in a different way at Baylor, the place he had a 65-37 document and took a as soon as insignificant program to 2 Large 12 championships.

In 2017, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Soccer League employed Briles as an assistant coach, however lower than 24 hours later, after receiving widespread public backlash, they reneged and introduced that he wouldn’t be a part of the staff.