Former Baylor coach Art Briles may be out of coaching, but he has no problem putting himself in the spotlight when the chance arises.
One of those chances came Tuesday at Houston Texans camp as Briles, who was a visiting spectator, entertained a few questions from the media and expressed his desire to return to coaching.
Briles also noted while defending himself that “I’ve never done anything illegal, immoral or unethical.”
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Of course, Briles assertion about his character is debatable. He was fired after Baylor University was criticized for its handling of sexual assault allegations and investigations, several of which involved football players. An internal investigation revealed Briles knew about the assaults and did little in the way of punishing the offenders, which helped perpetuate the problem.
Briles denied the allegations and has even sued the university as he believes he was a scapegoat for overall “institutional failure.” The suit is still pending and the language in the suit says Briles has no intention on settling.
But he would like to get back to coaching.
How a job manifests itself will be one of the major storylines moving forward. It’s hard to see any major collegiate institution take a chance on him unless his wrongful termination suit is won and his name is cleared. Still, it’s hard to ignore that many of the offenders were not disciplined under Briles’ watch.
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