Nearly two months ago, the Baylor Bears fired head football coach Art Briles amidst the sexual assault controversy surrounding the university and program. Now that Briles has cut all ties with the school, it looks like he wants to have his name cleared in the rape lawsuit as well.
In March, former Baylor student Jasmin Hernandez sued the school in a lawsuit that named Briles, former athletic director Ian McCaw and the Baylor Board of Regents at co-defendants.
The suit alleges that the school violated Title IX rules against gender discrimination in programs that receive federal aid.
On Thursday, Briles’s lawyers filed a motion asking him, McCaw and the Board of Regents to be removed from the lawsuit. The motion claims they should not be held responsible for the attack on Hernandez that happened in 2012, four years prior to her filing the lawsuit.
The suit claims that the school did not take appropriate action against former Baylor player Tevin Elliot, who she claims raped her in 2012. Elliot was later convicted and sent to prison.
“Coach Briles was not the employer of Tevin Elliot or (Hernandez), two adult students of Baylor University, who met off-campus at a private apartment complex during a party that was not organized or sponsored by Coach Briles or Baylor University,” Briles’ motion said.
It is certainly going to be interesting to see how this plays out for Art Briles and the university over the next few months.