Job prospects for Art Briles are at an all time low. New text messages and emails released by three board of regents at Baylor conclusively prove that the coach was not a “scapegoat” for the problems at Baylor, but was indeed one of the main contributor’s to that problem.ne of the main contributor’s to that problem. Briles, who has so vehemently denied any wrongdoing that he filed a defamation lawsuit against the Board of Regents, has since dropped his charges and will soon be seen at checkout isle number six.
The messages released prove a shocking disregard for the well-being of the victims of the rapes committed for members of his football team. Briles appears concerned only with the consequences that might result and how it would effect the product on the field.
On April 1st, 2012, for example, Briles responded to news that defensive lineman Tevin Elliot raped a woman named Jasmin Hernandez by saying “Wow–not good–I’ll call you later”. When Elliot was later contacted by Waco police, Briles responded by saying “Dang it”.
Briles also intervened directly in getting suspensions lifted and players reinstated who failed to meet academic standards and didn’t attend class. It appears that Briles and his assistant coaches were every bit involved as the initial reports suggested.
For Briles, it’s another nail in the coffin of his coaching career. But a larger issue exists, of course. This culture was allowed to exist for several years and the Baylor Bears found success and rose to prominence in the FBS because of it. With priorities obviously askew, Baylor cleaned house and has moved forward as a university.
Stories like this will continue to roll out, possibly for the next several years. If I were Briles, I’d start responding to some Craigslist job postings.