After initially being linked to Missouri State football’s head coach opening, Art Briles has denied speaking with the university.
FootballScoop.com reported Tuesday night former Baylor football coach Art Briles will be the next football coach of the Missouri State Bears.
That has since been debunked as Missouri State announced Bobby Petrino would be its next head coach.
According to ESPN reporter Sam Khan Jr., Briles told him that he did not speak with Missouri State.
Briles was fired from Baylor in 2016 amid the school’s sexual assault scandal.
According to a summary of an investigation by Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton released in May 2016, Baylor failed to comply with Title IX in addressing reports of sexual assault. The summary faulted the culture of the school broadly and the football program specifically for not only failing to help victims but also for discouraging some from reporting their assaults.
Baylor fired Briles, who had a 65-37 record in eight seasons, shortly after the report was released. He received a $15.1 million buyout.
Since then, Baylor’s regents told The Wall Street Journal that 17 women reported sexual or domestic assaults by 19 football players, including four alleged gang rapes, between 2011 and 2016.
Briles released a one-page letter in March 2017 in which he denied covering up sexual assaults in the Baylor scandal.
“I did not cover-up any sexual violence. I had no contact with anyone that claimed to be a victim of sexual or domestic assault. Anyone well-versed in my work as a coach knows that I strove to promote excellence, but never at the sacrifice of safety for anyone,” Briles wrote. “I did not obstruct justice on campus or off.”
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