The CFL announced Monday that former Baylor coach Art Briles was not going to join the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as an assistant after the team announced earlier in the day that Briles was hired.
The CFL and Tiger-Cats released a joint-statement on the matter:
“Art Briles will no longer be joining the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a coach. We came to this decision this evening following a lengthy discussion between the league and the Hamilton organization. We wish Mr. Briles all the best in his future endeavours,”
Briles was brought on by Tiger-Cats coach June Jones, the former longtime coach at Hawaii and SMU. Briles was fired from Baylor in May 2016 for his involvement in Baylor’s program-wide sexual assault scandal while he was serving as head coach.
“During his NCAA career, which began with a three-year stop as running backs coach at Texas Tech (2000-02), Briles has recruited/mentored numerous players that have graduated to the National Football League,” the Tiger-Cats said in a statement released earlier Monday.”
The 61-year-old was slated to work with the Tiger-Cats as the “Assistant Head Coach Offense.” The team’s statement noted his accomplishments from Baylor, including back-to-back Big 12 titles in 2013-14, but did not mention the circumstances surrounding his firing.
Baylor’s president, Ken Starr, and athletic director, Ian McCaw were also fired for their involvement in the sexual-assault scandal. Briles had yet to be hired for a coaching position prior to Monday since being let go from Baylor. Before taking over at Baylor in 2008, his only other collegiate head-coaching position was with Houston from 2003-07.