Art Briles’ term as offensive coordinator at Grambling State ended less than a week after he started.
The disgraced former Baylor coach said he did not want to be a “distraction” at the prominent HBCU with a historic football program in northern Louisiana, leaving the program just five days after he was surprisingly hired by coach Hue Jackson.
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of your technical staff at Grambling State University,” Briles said in a statement Monday. “Unfortunately, I feel that my continued presence will be a distraction for you and your team, which is the last thing I want. I have the utmost respect for the university and your players.”
Briles has been an outcast in college football since 2016, when he was fired by Baylor after an investigation concluded that he and his staff had failed to take action against players named on sexual assault charges.
ESPN first reported that Briles would not train at Grambling. It was not immediately clear if Grambling asked Briles to resign or if the coach did it on his own.
The luggage surrounding Briles was known, but that didn’t stop Jackson from renting it last week. Briles, 66, trained briefly in Italy and then at a Texas high school after being fired from Baylor.
Grambling’s decision received renewed attention on Monday when a three-day-old statement on Hue Jackson Foundation social media gained traction. It was the latest in an avalanche of criticism for the university.
The foundation’s statement says Briles’ hiring “will be key to teaching others the importance of knowing how to prevent victimization, proper reporting procedures, providing adequate resources for victims, and developing strong law enforcement partnerships within of the community “.
Former Grambling quarterback Doug Williams – the first black quarterback to win a Super Bowl with Washington in 1988 – was one of many who expressed dissatisfaction with the school’s decision to hire Briles first. The NFL executive with the Washington Commanders said the foundation’s statement did not influence his opinion.
“I don’t know what you get from that statement,” Williams told the AP on Monday. “I don’t think there’s anything to add. Everyone knows what I think about it. I’m not going to change.”
In the Baylor case, the NCAA Offenses Panel stated that Briles “did not meet even the most basic expectations of how a person should react to the type of conduct in question in this case. In addition, as a campus leader, the head coach has a standard even higher. It did not fully meet this standard. “
Baylor paid Briles more than $ 15 million after he was fired. He later admitted to making mistakes and apologized for “some bad things” that happened under his control.
This isn’t the first time a coach has tried to hire Briles since 2016. Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson tried to hire Briles as the program’s offensive coordinator in 2019, though the university administration eventually vetoed him.
Briles was considered one of the best offensive coaches in the country when he led Baylor between 2008 and 2015, leading the program to a 65-37 record. His widespread offense kept the Bears regularly ranked in the AP Top 25 and the program had four seasons of 10 wins over a five-year period between 2011 and 2015.
Jackson is the former coach of the Oakland Raiders and the Cleveland Browns of the NFL.
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