BONHAM, Texas (KWTX) In his first game back coaching football on Texas soil since 2016 when he was fired by Baylor amid the university’s sexual assault scandal, Briles was victorious.
Once again coaching high school football, in his season opener for Mt. Vernon, the Tigers beat the Bonham Warriors 44 to 16—a match-up Mount Vernon had lost the year before.
If the packed stands were any indication, undoubtedly a lot of eyes were on Briles under the Friday night lights.
Many schools passed on hiring him because of the Baylor scandal until May when Mt. Vernon ISD took a chance on Briles and offered him a job as head football coach and athletic director.
KWTX spoke to Briles after the game: he reiterated how grateful he was to Mt. Vernon for the chance to coach again—when many felt he didn’t deserve to—and said he definitely felt pressure.
"The heart beat quite a bit faster today. But that's good. When people depend on you, you want to fulfill their hopes for their community and their team," Briles said.
Dozens of fans waited to greet Briles after the win.
The team has only been practicing together for three weeks, however, Briles says they’re already bonding.
The former Big 12 coach of the year hasn’t coached high school football in 20 years.
That was back in 1999 at Stephenville High School where he won multiple state titles.