Eligibility of two of Briles' Mount Vernon players reconfirmed

Former Baylor coach Art Briles was hired as head football coach at Mount Vernon High School in...
Former Baylor coach Art Briles was hired as head football coach at Mount Vernon High School in May. (KLTV photo/file)(KWTX)
Published: Sep. 18, 2019 at 1:04 PM CDT
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A District Executive Committee Wednesday reconfirmed the eligibility of two players who transferred from Colorado to Mount Vernon High School, where former Baylor head coach Art Briles is now coaching.

Although KWTX has learned that Mount Vernon ISD officials sought confirmation of eligibility before allowing either of the two boys to play, questions were raised over the players’ residence, KLTV in Tyler reported.

Brothers Brock and Cameron Miller were living with a parent in an RV park as their family completed the move from Colorado after their mother received a job transfer, KLTV reported.

Six members of the District Executive Committee, which is comprised of superintendents of districts included in 7-3A D1, were allowed to vote on the issue during a meeting Wednesday morning, KLTV reported.

Three voted to reconfirm the players’ eligibility and the other three abstained.

The results will be sent to the University Interscholastic League for review.

The district confirmed in May that it had hired Briles as head football coach.

Briles was coaching a semi-pro team in Italy at the time, his only coaching job since Baylor fired him in May 2016 in the wake of a scathing report on the school’s handling of sexual assaults involving athletes.

Various witnesses deposed in Jane Doe lawsuits filed against the university including former Athletic Director Ian McCaw have since testified that the school made Briles a scapegoat in an effort to cover up a larger institutional problem, a claim the school denies.