Houston needs a head coach because theirs took a job a few miles away. So, they’re going to interview Art Briles and take a lot of heat because of it.
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 3, 2016
Briles was relieved of his duties at Baylor amid sexual assault allegations involving players that rocked the football program. He was fired because he allegedly failed to report the abuse when he became aware of it.
Considered untouchable by consensus, it appears he is closer to coaching in the FBS again sooner than most people thought.
University of Houston regents chair Tim Feritta said, “I would love for Art Briles to be on our super-short list. But until, or if, or when we can ever get full clarity, I can’t see us going there”.
Many at Baylor feel that Briles was made a scapegoat and has been treated unfairly by the university. There was, for a brief period, a number of boosters of the program calling for Briles’ reinstatement.
Briles held the head coaching job at Houston in 2007 before leaving for Baylor. If he were to be hired by the Cougars for next season, that would make this a both symbolic and literal rebuilding attempt of his career.