More than two years after Art Briles was dismissed from Baylor University following a rape scandal that rocked the small Waco campus, the former head coach has landed another job, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Briles has been hired to coach American football team Guelfi Firenze in Florence, Italy. The Job will reportedly begin in the fall as the American football season in Europe does not begin until March. Italy may be a half a world away, Briles says, but he’s excited to be coaching again.
“I’m a football coach and it’s all I’ve ever done and all I’ve ever really had a passion to do,” Briles said. “This gives me a chance to be on the field and between the lines…It’s a golden opportunity for me… I’m jacked about it.”
The Baylor football program was ravaged by dozens of complaints of alleged sexual assault against team members in the spring of 2016. Baylor officials said the investigation found that 17 women had reported 52 incidents of sexual and domestic violence involving 19 Baylor football players since 2011, including several cases that involved gang rapes. Briles was ousted when he was accused of taking part in a coverup of the allegations. He has denied any wrongdoing and continues to maintain his innocence.
“I would have done more if I had known more,” Briles said of the scandal. “When these allegations came out, we found out at the same time you did. I had a meeting with the (Baylor) Board of Regents where I made suggestions that I never had the chance to fulfill; it would have been similar in the NFL that handles the discipline problems that took it out of the football coaches’ hands.”