When Art Briles resigned as Baylor head coach in May 2016 and horrifying details were released soon thereafter about how he ran the Bears' football program, it was fair to wonder if he'll ever coach again.
He will — and very soon — according to his lawyer.
Briles was 65-37 in eight seasons at Baylor, including 32-7 in his final three (2013-15), before he, the program and university were exposed for their pathetic attempts at oversight on sexual assault cases involving current and prospective players. The now-61-year-old has maintained his innocence over the last 15 months and said he wishes to coach again.
On Tuesday, Jamin Hernandez, a plaintiff in a Title IX lawsuit against Baylor, asked for Briles and former athletics director Ian McCaw to be removed as defendants, according to the Waco Tribune. The pair were accused of negligence by Hernandez, who was raped by former player Tevin Elliott in 2012. The case has been settled with the university.
“We’re moving on,” her lawyer Irwin Zalkin said. “Jasmin is very happy with that and pleased to be moving on with her life.”
Mark Lanier, Briles' attorney, also said his client is moving on and that schools have reached out about coaching again.
“There’s no question this is one step toward him getting back into coaching,” Lanier said of Briles returning in 2018. “He did not want to get back into coaching until he finished through the legal system.”
“He does feel bad for anybody who was hurt at all,” Lanier added. “Whether through Baylor or otherwise, he’s still got a soft heart for a victim of any crime at all. He’s cognizant of that.”
Lanier did not say if they were being contacted by FBS schools and if they discussed a head coach or assistant position.