Art Briles would be considered for Grambling State’s offensive coordinator job
According to FootballScoop’s Zach Barnett, Grambling State is targeting disgraced former Baylor coach Art Briles as the program’s next offensive coordinator.
The school has yet to make a final announcement, but a decision could be made as early as this week, according to the report. The job would mark Briles’ first at the college level since he was ousted from Baylor in 2016 following a sexual assault scandal that rocked the Big 12 football program.
Despite the report that Grambling is focusing on the former Bears coach, a school spokesperson said Richard Johnson of the IS that the program has no statement about it yet. The spokesperson explained that Grambling football coach Hue Jackson “continues to round up his staff and there are currently no new hires to announce.”
Briles was fired by Baylor in April 2016 after the Pepper Hamilton report revealed a “fundamental failure by Baylor to implement Title IX”. The investigation found that Briles and his team were ignoring or covering up reports of sexual assaults by Bears players between the ages of 11 and 14, as well as several other troubling recruiting practices.
“In some instances, including reports of sexual assault by multiple football players, athletics and football personnel have affirmatively chosen not to report sexual abuse and dating violence to an appropriate administrator outside athletics,” the university’s report said at the time.
Briles has bounced back in the world of football since being fired from Baylor. He was briefly hired as offensive coordinator for the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2019 before the organization reversed its decision, calling it a “major gaffe”. He then spent part of the same year coaching American football team Estra Guelfi Firenze in Italy.
More recently, the 66-year-old Briles spent two seasons as head coach at Mount Vernon High School in Texas. He resigned from his post after the 2020 season.
Grambling State hired two-time NFL coach Jackson in December 2021 after posting a 4-7 record last season.
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