One thing about college football — winning seems to bring out the worst in some people.
Mark Lanier, Briles’ attorney, said schools have contacted his client about coaching again, and he expects Briles to be coaching in 2018. Briles was fired in May 2016 amid the school’s sexual assault scandal.
“There’s no question this is one step toward him getting back into coaching,” Lanier said. “He did not want to get back into coaching until he finished through the legal system.”
Yeah, who needs the distraction, amirite? Any athletic director worth his salt wants a coach who’s fully focused on the job. And if that’s what you’re looking for, Briles is your kind of football coach.
“It was definitely eye-opening because I think there were people in the room that didn’t want to fire Art Briles, but they also felt like they had to have somebody in charge who could fix the problems and it was pretty clear the guy was nothing but a football coach,” Schlabach said. “It just felt like it was the end of the game where he made a bad play call and said, ‘It won’t happen again.’ I don’t think he really understood the gravity of the problems and really just wouldn’t admit to what had happened under his watch.”
Oh, but he’s learned his lesson.
Lanier said Hernandez dropped the suit against Briles and did not request money or an apology from him.
Lanier said Briles feels “a measure of vindication” by Tuesday’s filing.
“He does feel bad for anybody who was hurt at all,” Lanier said of Briles. “Whether through Baylor or otherwise, he’s still got a soft heart for a victim of any crime at all. He’s cognizant of that.”
That we live in a world where Briles feels vindication and some school is prepared to enable that is pretty depressing.