Former Baylor Coach Art Briles Drops Libel Lawsuit Against Baylor

Former Baylor coach Art Briles has dropped a libel lawsuit against the school.

Briles, who was fired last May amid a sexual assault scandal, had filed the lawsuit in December, alleging that his reputation had been damaged by “false and inflammatory statements” made by Baylor officials and seeking more than $1 million in damages, saying they had “likely ended his profession and career.”

Although Briles won two Big 12 championships and built the Baylor program into a consistent winner, several college sports officials have told USA TODAY Sports his reputation is toxic and he is essentially not hireable. During a coaching search last December, the University of Houston took the unusual step of announcing Briles, who had been head coach there before moving to Baylor, would not be interviewed.

Briles has consistently denied knowledge of wrongdoing. His lawsuit against the school was prompted by reports last fall in which Baylor regents implied he had knowledge of at least some of an alleged 19 sexual or domestic assaults. Last Friday, a lawsuit filed against the school alleged 52 “acts of rape” by 31 players from 2011-14.

Ernest Cannon, Briles’ attorney, told Waco TV station KWTX that Briles wanted some peace in his life for him and his family, and to put as much distance between him and his family and Baylor as he can.”

Source: USA Today | George Schroeder