If he can’t make it there, he won’t make it anywhere.

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

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37 responses to “If he can’t make it there, he won’t make it anywhere.

  1. Tommy

    Sandusky’s touchability is a bit much to contemplate this early in the morning.

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  2. DoubleDawg1318

    Well at least there appears to be some justice in the world. Low bar to clear but they cleared it. I hope the Feds catch up to him one day.

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  3. mdcgtp

    Hopefully, the failure of this “trial balloon” will ensure that Briles never coaches at the college level or higher again.

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  4. Otto

    …and certainly shorter than Mike Price’s stint at Bama

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  5. David K

    I’m sick of reading about how Briles was such a “good man” or whatever. You don’t look the other way while your players are rapists. You don’t slut shame girls who come forward with allegations of rape. He’s a fucking dirt bag who cared about nothing other than winning football games.

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    • Russ

      +100. I still don’t understand why he isn’t in jail. If you know of crimes committed under your watch, aren’t you supposed to come forward?

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  6. The Dawg abides

    Who was it on here that guaranteed Briles would have a big time college job next year just a few days ago?

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    • Cousin Eddie

      Ole Miss still hasn’t made a full time hire yet, so….
      The internet doesn’t reach all parts of Mississippi so they might not know what he has done and the ones that do don’t care as long as he can beat Bama.

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      • mdcgtp

        I would be shocked if Sankey did not deliver a message to Ole Miss in the strongest way possible that the SEC wants no association with Art Briles.

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        • Russ

          I’d be shocked if Sankey delivered any message to anyone, much less a strongly worded one. Sankey seems cut from the McGarity cloth of leadership.

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          • mdcgtp

            Without hijacking this into a discussion of our feckless AD, the manner in which the league handled the hurricane a year ago leads me to agree with you. That said, even Magic Mc and Sankey get no-brainers like this one right. This is an easy call on his part, but we are probably discussing a hypothetical that will never happen anyway as Ole Miss is probably not going to offer him the job.

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    • Dog in Fla

      Turner Gill updates resume

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    • Mayor

      I did. And I stand by that statement.

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  7. Derek

    If he’s looking for an opportunity where personal standards are irrelevant perhaps he should run for the GOP nomination for President.

    At least he can say that has done some actual winning.

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    • Napoleon BonerFart

      Although Bill Clinton wholeheartedly endorses the “mistakes were made” defense. Also ignoring personal character.

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      • Derek

        Clinton bragged about committing sexual assault on tape? That’s a new one but it does beg the question how’d he find the time between all the murders?

        A second question: when your standards are “your ______ too!” do you have any standards whatsoever? I remember “rule of law” and “dignity of the White House” and all the other bullshit that you never actually meant. What you meant to say is we want the power and we’ll say what we need to get it even if we don’t mean a word of it. You meant “hell, we’ll even go in with the Russians if we can have power!” I heard you then and I hear you now.

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        • Napoleon BonerFart

          It may not seem like it, but I really do get tired educating you on every subject under the sun. But here goes again. Trump’s exact words included, “they let you do it.” That means it is consensual. That means no crime. Honestly. Even though he’s a Republican, if he has consensual sex with a woman, it’s legal. I know that blows your mind, but there you have it.

          As for my standards, I simply enjoy pointing out hypocrisy. Especially the hypocrisy of the hysterical Left. “Trump’s terrible because he cheats on his wife and acts boorishly towards women. Bill Clinton’s a hero even though he cheated on his wife, acts boorishly towards women, and was accused of rape. The Russians having an opinion on the person elected President is outrageous and probably treasonous. The Chinese illegally donating large sums of money to Bill Clinton’s campaign is cool.”

          Surely even you can spot the inconsistencies. And no, I’m no Trump fan. I didn’t even vote for him. But I am one of the millions of people who thought he would probably be less awful than Hillary. So, calling Trump names doesn’t hurt my feelings. But it does amuse me when the best you can do is to accuse him of the same shit your heroes have done.

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          • Derek

            Viewed in context it was clear he was referring to “forgiveness” not “permission.”

            You’d have to explain “I don’t even wait” and “you can grab them by the pussy.” He’s saying it’s being tolerated because he’s a star.

            I know it’s in English and you have that language barrier to overcome but literate people understand that he was describing an assault…that he would then get away with. He was right when it comes to you.

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            • Napoleon BonerFart

              You’ve still got that arrogant stupidity firing on all cylinders, eh kiddo? Even you are using the phrase, “it’s being tolerated” to try to describe sexual assault. It just won’t fly.

              As a thought exercise, try to identify how a woman that allowed Trump to grope her is a victim, but Juanita Broderick isn’t. I’m keen to see how far your rationalizations can go.

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              • Derek

                Maybe she is. Maybe she isn’t. In that case we have an allegation without an admission. In trumps case we have an admission and far more allegations: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.vox.com/platform/amp/2016/10/12/13265206/trump-accusations-sexual-assault

                These are not the same no matter how hard you want to believe that they are albeit apparently they both have a set of hands and a dick so “both sides.”

                Still stuck on stupid aren’t we?

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                • Napoleon BonerFart

                  Of course you are. You still want to condemn Trump for groping and kissing women, while he claims they consented, while ignoring worse claims against Clinton. Unsurprising.

                  Of course, Clinton did sign the Brady Bill, so that’s a get away with rape free card from you, right?

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                • Derek

                  I also condemn Pol Pot, Adolph Hitler and Joe Stalin for their political murders while ignoring the claims that the Clintons are also murderers of political opponents.

                  The “both sides” argument in this and other contexts is essentially looking at your friend who has a $400 a day coke habit, trying to get him to see he needs help and his response is: you did it once in college too! It’s an inane defelection of a desperate person for whom a confrontation with the truth is an impossibility.

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                • Napoleon BonerFart

                  As I said, your rationalizations never fail to amuse. I guess groping somebody really is worse than rape if there’s a R after their name.

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  8. Re: McCaw….

    I should heed my mama’s advice about not saying anything if you don’t have something nice to say. Let’s say I don’t have any nice things to say about Jerry Falwell, Jr. for a myriad of reasons, but hiring McCaw to be the Liberty U. AD is just the shit cherry on top of the turd sundae.

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  9. South FL Dawg

    The “he/she is a good person” defense is beyond ridiculous when the person has never accepted responsibility or recognized the gravity. I would say he is a criminal walking the streets a free man.

    Still I sometimes wonder if there could be a way for offenders like Briles to go back to work with the condition that they donate 100% of their earnings to charity. Something good coming out of something horrible.

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  10. 69Dawg

    Okay I’m 70 years old and maybe I’m getting senile but this seems like a sign of these times. I’m not defending Briles just like I didn’t defend Joe Pa but the trials by press and execution by public opinion can’t end well. What happened was terrible but as a retired lawyer we as a country have abandoned the rule of law for the rule of the mob. We have adopted a, well he might not have committed a crime but we are going to hold an internet trial and punish him. We are going to make his life a living hell and forbid anyone from hiring him. This was a professional football team not a college team. He never should be allowed to coach at another public or private school but should we not at least recognize the fact that the man has a right to earn a living. I can only hope that none of the internet mob comes for any of you as it is apparently a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

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    • Briles is a PR nightmare. Why would you want to be put in the position of defending his hire — especially if you’re, say, the commissioner of the CFL?

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      • 69Dawg

        I’m not defending him, I’m just pointing out the way the mob now rules the internet. Your an attorney, do you think this is any way to fulfil the rights of the accused?

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        • Are you saying Broyles has the right to a coaching job?

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          • 69Dawg

            He has no right to work just like the ex49er QB has no right to work. It’s interesting that politics on both sides of the spectrum are doing the same thing. My argument is now the mobs rule the world via the internet. Don’t believe it, take a case that is unpopular to the Alt-right or the Alt-left and see how it turns out for you. (I think you practice real estate law but you get my point).

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          • Mayor

            I started this several days ago and in 69’s absence let me respond. I agree with 69 on the civil libertarian issue. The mob isn’t supposed to decide Briles’ fate via the inter tubes. That said, I’m not saying Art Briles has a right to a coaching job. I’m saying someone will hire him because he wins games.

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            • ASEF

              If the mob puts him in jail, then you have a point.

              If a business that relies on people giving them discretionary dollars wakes up to the fact that a lot less people are going to give them discretionary dollars because the business hired a scumbag, then we call that capitalism.

              Or at least I do.

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            • So if you’re the CFL commissioner and you see a PR debacle for your league, one that will likely affect the bottom line, you just sit back and take it because of the mob?

              That’s crazy.

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    • Derek

      I think you’re missing the point a little though. Any professional team can hire Art or Colin Kaepernick for that matter. The business side has to decide whether it wants to withstand the scrutiny of it or not. If you think this is new, ask Fatty Arbuckle’s 85 year old corpse about it.

      If you want Art on the payroll, buy a team. Your bean counters will discourage it. As far as dealing with how the public reacts to scandal, as I pointed out above, it helps if you’re in politics. If you are at least 35 percent of the people will be convinced that you’re the victim. In some places that may be over 50% and you can be elected to something. If you’re marketing a product though, why put up with any degree of a boycott or protest when you don’t have to?

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      • 69Dawg

        Your right of course (never thought I’d write that). My point is this internet mob rule really good in the end. All business men have to know their customers and like it or not they get instant feedback from the fringe on both sides. Oh well it’s a new world I guess. Like I said good old fashioned shamming has come back with a vengeance

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      • ASEF

        Whoops. Should have just +1ed you,

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