Some Baylor Bears Donors Are Trying to Bring Back Coach Art Briles

Some Baylor donors have started a campaign to bring football coach Art Briles back after a one-year suspension, according to multiple reports. Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images
Some Baylor donors have started a campaign to bring football coach Art Briles back after a one-year suspension, according to multiple reports. Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images

Baylor interim president David Garland acknowledged Monday that a movement to bring back Art Briles as football coach in 2017 has gained momentum among a few key donors, though he indicated that nothing is imminent.

“A lot of fans love what the coach did on the football field, and you can understand that,” Garland told WFAA-TV in Dallas. “But other factors have to be taken into consideration.”

USA Today reported Monday that a “small minority” of Baylor donors have pushed to have Briles serve a one-year suspension, then return to coaching. The newspaper reported it was “unlikely” to happen.

Horns Digest, a publication for Texas football fans, reported Monday that the Baylor board of regents would vote Monday night on whether to bring Briles back, citing a source. Waco television station KWTX, citing sources, also wrote that a vote was scheduled for Monday, reporting that a preliminary vote on the matter was “very close.”

Garland did confirm to WFAA.com that there was a previously scheduled conference call with Baylor’s board of regents Monday night, but that it wasn’t set up to be about Briles.

“The meeting was scheduled before, and for a quite different issue,” Garland said.

Bears players have been informed of the plan to try to bring Briles back, according to KCEN-TV, citing a source.

Baylor did not return a phone call from ESPN seeking clarification on whether a meeting has been scheduled or will take place.

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SOURCE: ESPN