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“Vetting”? I do not think that word means what you think it means.

Dude, just say you wanted to hire Briles and didn’t care about the rest of it.  You’ll look less moronic.

This is why ADs hire search firms, by the way.

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Art Briles has a new home.

You know, they say in the PR business that if there’s news you have to release when people aren’t paying attention — at least you hope they aren’t — it’s late Friday.  Even better, late Friday on a holiday weekend.

That being said, I don’t think there’s late Friday enough to bury a news dump like this one.

The first thing you notice is that Briles is described as someone who “coached at three Texas universities” without, you know, actually mentioning Baylor by name.

There are so many cringeworthy quotes in that announcement that you wonder who thought it was a good idea to let people speak.  Start with the man himself:

“High school football is a Texas institution.  As a coach, it’s my first love. You’ll make no bigger impact in this world than when you shape the lives of young people — one practice, one game, and one life at a time.”

Oh, hells yeah.

His new boss is all into shaping, too.

“We are pleased to welcome Coach Briles back home to Texas,” he said. “He brings with him a wealth of not only football experience but also life experience. He is passionate about investing in the lives of young people and helping them to succeed both on the field and in life. After a thorough due diligence process and several earnest conversations, we believe our students will benefit greatly from his skills and experience.”

How people can say shit like this with a straight face is beyond me.  Still, I have to say Grant Teaff, who once was the Executive Director of the American Football Coaches Association and — get this — supervisor of the association’s Ethics Committee, wins the holiday weekend with this beaut:

“I have known Art Briles for over 30 years as an extremely successful high school coach and through his years as a college coach,” he said. “I have observed him as a man, husband, father, grandfather, and as a coach, always forthright and stellar.”

He went on to say that Briles never incurred a single recruiting infraction during his time at the collegiate level, as if that matters.

Nah, all that matters is winning… football games, that is.

Sounds like they’re all in for that.  High school, sheesh.

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A rock in Waco has just been turned over.

Who knows what’s going to crawl out?

A federal judge in Texas ruled Thursday that a law firm must turn over thousands of records that lawyers believe will give a fuller accounting of how Baylor University responded to sexual assault allegations made by students.

Judge Robert Pitman said in his order that Philadelphia-based Pepper Hamilton must produce all materials related to its internal review that resulted in a 2016 summary report finding an “institutional failure at every level.”

The firm “must produce all materials” in its control that Baylor either has not produced or doesn’t possess, Pitman determined. He swept aside several objections that Pepper Hamilton had lodged, including that the federal court in Waco, home to the university, did not have jurisdiction in the matter. He ordered that the materials be provided by April 11.

I have no idea myself, but hope it puts Ken Starr in the worst possible light.

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Ken Starr’s tone deaf quest for fairness

Ugh.  I get the whole innocent until proven guilty bit (and, to be fair, Shawn Oakman was found not guilty) but Ken Starr raising money for a Baylor athlete’s defense fund after presiding over the school’s lack of support for sexual assault and Title IX-related accusations (which, to be fair again, cost Starr his presidency there) isn’t a good look.  At all.

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One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch, girl.

A commenter asked me yesterday if Shawn Oakman’s acquittal changed my opinion on Briles and what reportedly transpired at Baylor.

I’m gonna have to go with nah on that.

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“This is the right thing to do, and it is in the best interests of the University.”

I’ve got one question after reading this story about Art Briles’ ill-fated interview process at Southern Mississippi.

Southern Mississippi supporters reacted swiftly after reports emerged that the school was interviewing former Baylor football coach Art Briles for its vacant offensive coordinator position.

In emails to the school’s administration and athletic officials, they lobbied against hiring Briles because of his role in a sexual-assault scandal that led to his firing at Baylor. Some threatened to revoke financial support, either through season tickets or donations.

They needn’t have worried.

Southern Mississippi’s interim athletic director had decided against the hire even before Briles set foot on campus for an interview on Monday, Feb. 4. In an email obtained by USA TODAY through a public-records request, Jeff Mitchell instructed head coach Jay Hopson early on Feb. 3 to “go in another direction” for that position.

Saying that he was following up on “our earlier communication both in person on Friday and via text this morning,” Mitchell also wrote that he “can’t get to a place to support” hiring Briles.  [Emphasis added.]

After openly defying his AD and embarrassing the school in the process, how is Jay Hopson still gainfully employed as Southern Miss’ head coach?

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Persona non grata, still.

Makes you wonder why they went through the process in the first place.

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UPDATE:  Never mind.

Jesus.  “He may not have acted in the proper protocol”?  Talk about tone deaf.

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