Art Briles is back in college football.
Multiple outlets are reporting that the controversial former Baylor coach has been hired as offensive coordinator at Grambling State. Though the school has declined to confirm the hire (and even denied it as recently as Wednesday), Shreveport (La.) television station KTAL is touting an exclusive interview with Briles about his new job that is set to air later Thursday.
The 66-year-old Briles posted a 65-37 record with a pair of Big 12 championships in eight seasons at Baylor, but was fired in May 2016 following an internal investigation into a series of sexual assaults committed by football players. The school found Briles did not do enough to vet transfers entering his program and expressed “significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylor’s football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of athlete misconduct.”
Attempts by the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2017 and Southern Miss in 2019 to hire Briles as offensive coordinator were quashed after negative publicity. He eventually surfaced as head coach of a professional team in Italy, then returned to his native Texas as head coach at Mount Vernon High School in 2019.
Briles coached at Mount Vernon for two seasons, going 20-6 before resigning following the 2020 season. He was out of coaching in 2021.
Once a powerhouse of HBCU football under legendary coach Eddie Robinson, Grambling hired former Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson as head coach in December. The Tigers fired long-time coach Broderick Fobbs following a 3-7 finish in 2021.