CFL announces Art Briles won’t be hired as assistant

27 November 2015: Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles during the Big 12 college football game between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Baylor Bears at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU won the game 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire)
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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.

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