Ex-BU coach to face media for first time since landing high school job

Former Baylor head football coach with members of the Mount Vernon High School team. (Photo courtesy of Mount Vernon Optic-Herald)
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MOUNT VERNON, Texas (KWTX) Former Baylor University head football coach Art Briles is scheduled to hold what could be his first and only press conference since being hired to coach football in the U.S. again.

According to the Mount Vernon Independent School District, there will be a post-practice media session on Monday.

“Coach Briles will remain on the practice field for 15-20 minutes to answer Tiger Football related questions. All Baylor University related questions will be addressed in a formal written statement to be made available at that time,” the district said on its Facebook page.

Briles was hired in May to be the new head coach at Mount Vernon High School.

Briles had been a high school football coach in Texas for 20 previous years before he made the jump to the collegiate level.

He had great success at Houston and then turned Baylor into a nationally prominent program during his time in Waco.

He was fired by Baylor in 2016 after the Pepper Hamilton report detailing a sexual assault scandal was presented to the Board of Regents.

Briles coached Baylor to a 65-37 record during his stint in Waco.

The Bears won three bowl games during his tenure.

In March 2018, Baylor tax records showed how it paid the three men at the center of the investigation into the handling of the sexual assaults by students.

Between Briles, former Athletic Director Ian McCaw and its former President Ken Starr the university gave the trio almost $20 million as gross severance in 2016.

Briles was paid the most getting 15,105,000; Starr's sum was $4,520,199 and McCaw received $761, 059.

On May 26, 2016 regents released a 13-page findings of fact statement and a list of 105 recommendations from the law firm, and announced the firing of head football coach Art Briles, the reassignment of Chancellor and President Ken Starr, and the suspension of athletic director Ian McCaw.

Four days later, on May 30, McCaw resigned, later saying during a deposition in a Jane Doe suit against the university that he left because "he was disgusted at that point with the regents, the racism, the phony finding of fact" and because "he didn't want to be part of some Enron cover-up scheme."

McCaw is now the athletic director at Liberty University in Lynchburg. Va.

Starr resigned from his position as chancellor on June 1.

He severed all ties with the university in August 2016.