Could Art Briles return to the Baylor Bears football program as head coach? As ridiculous and unlikely as it sounds, Horns Digest is reporting the university’s board of regents is set to vote on a one-year suspension for Briles on Monday.
According to the report, the push for a one-year suspension that could lead to a possible return to the sideline in 2017 for Briles is being driven by some of the school’s top donors which helped fund its $300 million stadium.
In the midst of a troubling sexual assault scandal involving allegations against numerous football players that surfaced back in May, Briles was suspended indefinitely with intent to terminate.
However, with his firing not official, the vote leaves a small opportunity for the head coach to return.
Such a move would likely be met with outrage, and rightfully so.
Reports have continued to allege members of the coaching staff and Art Briles himself met with victims, before failing to provide or assist in any form of justice. The gross mishandling should automatically disqualify Briles from returning to his position at Baylor.
If the board of regents does not vote to deliver a one-year suspension, Baylor and Briles would likely reach an agreement between $15 million and $25 million.
Briles was suspended indefinitely with eight years and nearly $40 million guaranteed on his contract.
In the meantime, former Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe is serving as the Bears’ interim head coach for the 2016 college football season.
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