Art Briles’ post-Baylor career, a play in three acts:
Man, that was a shorter employment run than O’Leary enjoyed with Notre Dame.
What, you must be wondering, was Hamilton thinking hiring Briles? Evidently there wasn’t much thinking involved at all.
In an interview with the Hamilton Spectator, Tiger-Cats CEO Scott Mitchell initially defended the decision to hire Briles.
“We just thought it was a very serious situation, but we also felt that after talking to dozens of people, people we trust, people we admire, that Art Briles is a good man that was caught in a very bad situation,” Mitchell said. “Clearly, some serious mistakes were made along the way, but we feel strongly that people deserve second chances and that’s what we’ve decided to do with Art Briles.”
Ah, the old “mistakes were made” passive tense defense. Art, the innocent bystander, helpless in the face of those bad ol’ mistakes making themselves happen. When you put it that way, hiring the man was almost an act of charity.
Snark aside, if Briles is too toxic to hold down an assistant staff position in the Canadian Football League for more than a few hours, you have to think his college football future is dim, at best. In fact, he may be the first untouchable coach since Jerry Sandusky. No wonder the Laner couldn’t get away from him fast enough.
Now if only the same standards applied to Ian McCaw…