Could Art Briles Be Return to Coaching?

Art Briles has been out of college football for over a year but could be making a return to the sport. According to the Biloxi Sun-Herald, the former Baylor head coach is interviewing to be the offensive coordinator at Southern Miss.

The Baylor athletic department got rid of Briles in May 2016 because of how he handled claims of sexual misconduct and assault as the head football coach. He was hired by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL in August 2017 but lost the job due to public backlash. Briles’ last head coaching job was for Guelfi Firenze in the Italian Federation of American Football.

Briles was not the only person at Baylor that lost their job at the university. The school’s athletic director, president and Briles’ son Kendall were all fired by the university after the school’s independent investigation into misconduct committed by school officials.

Currently, the NCAA is still investigating Baylor’s athletic department, while the school is settling Title IX lawsuits filed by former students.

Southern Miss’ offensive coordinator job became available after Shannon Dawson joined Dana Holgerson’s staff at Houston. Head coach Jay Hopson got rid off offensive line coach Erik Losey and strength coach SaJason Finley in January.

Briles has won 99 games in his collegiate career, including 65 at Baylor. He also won a pair of Big 12 titles and developed Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III. His son, Kendal, is the current offensive coordinator at Florida State so Briles could make a return to college football.

Both Hugh Freeze and Rich Rodriguez were given a second chance to be a head coach in college football. With their returns to head coach, it is not impossible for Briles to become a coach in college again. The ongoing investigation at Baylor will definitely keep teams away, but Briles could start his return to college football as Southern Miss’s offensive coordinator.