BU regents discuss Briles’ future; no announcements made

Art Briles. (File)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Baylor regents talked Monday night about whether to bring suspended head football coach Art Briles back for the 2017 season, sources close to the situation confirmed.

No vote was taken Monday night.

"The Baylor Board of Regents did meet last night to discuss a variety of matters. We can confirm, there was no vote regarding the employment status of Art Briles," university spokeswoman Tonya Lewis said in a statement Tuesday.

The preliminary vote earlier on Briles' status, however, was very close, sources said.

Some major university supporters are pushing for Briles’ return.

No further details were immediately available.

Former Board of Regents Chairman Dary Stone said in a phone interview Monday afternoon that he didn’t know anything about a vote and said he doubts one will be taken, but he said if the board decides it’s in the best interest of the university to bring Briles back, he would be happy about that decision.

"I would hope that Baylor Nation would trust and respect what that group of men and women are doing in their deliberations they are the only group that has all of the facts and has the ability to debate every nuance of those very complicated issues,” he said.

"I love and respect Coach Briles and I love and respect that board and I have confidence they would make the right decision if that is something they are considering," he said.

On May 26, Baylor regents reassigned President and Chancellor Ken Starr, suspended Briles with intent to terminate and put Athletic Director Ian McCaw on probation in the wake of the scathing report of a review of the sexual assault scandal that engulfed the school’s football program.

Truett Seminary professor Dr. David Garland was named to serve as interim president, a role he played from August 2008 until May 2010, before Starr was hired.

McCaw announced his resignation on May 30 after earlier announcing that Baylor had hired Jim Grobe, 64, as acting head football coach effective immediately.

Grobe was head coach from 1995 to 2000 at Ohio University and who finished his career from 2001 to 2013 at Wake Forest.

Starr resigned as chancellor on June 1, but remains on the Baylor Law School faculty.