Art Briles’ Coaches Convention Speech Canceled Amid Backlash

Over the weekend, it was announced that disgraced former Baylor football coach Art Briles was scheduled to appear at the 2018 American Football Coaches Association convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

However, amid backlash from the public and concerns of Briles having the platform, his appearance has been scrapped.

AFCA executive director Todd Berry confirmed the news in a statement.

“The AFCA has always taken great pride in making sure we provide the best educational experiences for our coaches. We always appreciate our coaches and their willingness to share their experiences — on and off the field — to help educate the rest of our membership in their pursuit of professional growth,” the statement read.

“Art Briles was scheduled to speak at the 2018 AFCA Convention. However, due to concerns, we have decided to cancel his session. I’m saddened that our coaches have lost an opportunity.”

Briles has not coached since 2016 when he was removed as Baylor head coach in the midst of a sexual assault scandal.

According to Briles, his intent at the convention was to educate coaches on following Title IX procedures, something he drastically failed to do while he was leading the Bears.

“My intention to speak at AFCA was to educate and inform coaches of making sure Title IX policies-procedures and reporting policies are in place. I want to give back to the profession that has given so much to so many,” Briles told ESPN.com.

The AFCA Convention runs through Wednesday.

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