MT. VERNON, Texas (KWTX He used to call Waco home, now he’s living and coaching high school football in a small town in Northeast Texas.
Friday night was the first home game for Art Briles and his new team—the Mt. Vernon tigers.
MV crushed Canton 57-0, the third consecutive blowout for the team.
The Tigers remain undefeated under Briles after previous wins against Bonham, 44-16, and Farmersville, 50-20.
Briles was fired as head football coach of the bears in 2016 amid a football-focused rape scandal that continues to plague the school.
For three years Briles couldn’t land a job anywhere in the U.S. alone at the collegiate Level.
Now he’s back coaching—and in Texas—but for high school, and under much scrutiny.
Briles’ supporters from Baylor who came to Friday night’s game say it doesn’t matter what level he’s coaching at, they’re just happy he’s back doing what he loves.
“It’s high school football but it doesn’t make any difference, it’s still fun to see,” said Walker Harman, a former member of the Baylor Board of Regents. “The man has gone through pure hell in his life, to have small town people love him and support him in high school football...it’s not the Big 12 and it’s not this big championship game, it’s just good ole high school football.”
Several teams at all levels passed on hiring the former Big 12 Coach of the Year because of the Baylor rape scandal until May when Mt. Vernon ISD took a chance on Briles and offered him a Job as head football coach and athletic director.
He hasn’t had to coach high schooler players since 1999 in Stephenville where he won multiple state titles.
The school board, parents, players and Briles himself are hoping he can replicate his history of success in Mt. Vernon.