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Art Briles debuts as Grambling State coordinator after backlash

That didn’t last.

Controversial soccer coach, Art Briles is Grambling State offensive coordinator just four days after being hired, as reported on Monday. This is the former Baylor coach’s first job at college football since 2016 after an investigation found he and his staff did not take any action against the Bears players. named in the sexual assault allegations.

“I feel that my constant presence will distract you and your team, which is the last thing I want,” Briles said in the statement, according to ESPN’s Pete Thamelsounds like a resignation.

Recruiting came under immediate scrutiny, including from former Washington Command quarterback and Grambling icon Doug Williams. He said he would have been “out there” in terms of dealing with the program if Briles had been the team’s offensive coordinator.

“I am not a fan at all. I am so disappointed in Grambling, I really am,” said Williams told the Washington Post. “I spoke to AD a few times. They know where I stand, but they made it.”

Grambling coach Hue Jackson defended the hiring on Friday, released a statement through its fund.

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“We also know and understand the process of identifying risks, helping others to heal, and the importance of prevention,” says Jackson. “We believe that through the hiring of Coach Briles and the well-developed programs we have in place, this hire will be instrumental in teaching others the importance of knowing how to stop victims. , appropriate reporting processes, provide adequate resources to individuals who have become victims, and develop strong law enforcement partnerships in the community. “

The 66-year-old Briton will now have to hope for a second chance in college football elsewhere after working at the Italian Football League and at Mount Vernon HS in Texas. He has admitted guilt to Baylor and apologized for “bad things” that happened during his tenure.

In an interview with KTAL-TV in Shreveport After being hired by Grambling, Briles said “reporting policies and procedures were not available as they should have been” during her time at Baylor because the university did not have “Title IX staff” until next season. fall 2015.

“You report what you know. We did the best that we felt at the time. Obviously, it’s not good enough — it’s not good enough,” said Briles. “I apologize to anyone who has suffered any consequences because of it.”

– with AP

https://nypost.com/2022/02/28/art-briles-out-as-grambling-state-coordinator-after-backlash/ Art Briles debuts as Grambling State coordinator after backlash

JOE HERNANDEZ

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