Ah, well. The dream is over.
Four days after announcing Art Briles as Grambling State’s new offensive coordinator, the embattled former football coach at Baylor resigned.
A Grambling State spokesperson told the News-Star on Monday that Briles had resigned but offered no details.
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of your coaching staff at Grambling State University,” Briles said in a statement. “Unfortunately, I feel that my continued presence will be a distraction to you and your team, which is the last thing that I want. I have the utmost respect the university, and the players.”
At least he respects somebody.
Grambling athletic director Trayvean Scott told ESPN Thursday that it took him 10 days of researching before supporting the decision to hire Briles.
“I think the guy just wants to coach and lead men,” Scott told ESPN when asked specifically about what made him comfortable about hiring Briles when many other schools and organizations weren’t. “We’re not talking about a perfect situation or devaluing things done in the past and how it has has affected people. He’s sympathetic and empathetic about what went on.”
He probably spent the entire ten days looking for a single statement from Briles expressing remorse for what happened under his watch at Baylor.
We can only hope that this whole experience hasn’t re-traumatized the victims. Well, except for Briles, who can go screw himself. Now, on to getting Scott and Jackson to explain coherently what they were thinking in the first place besides just win, baby.