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Report: Baylor, fired coach Art Briles reach contract settlement

Art Briles has reached a contract settlement with Baylor University, according to a report.
Art Briles has reached a contract settlement with Baylor University, according to a report. AP

One day after it appeared Art Briles would not go away quietly, apparently he will.

According to Jason King of Bleacher Report, Baylor and the fired football coach who lifted the downtrodden program to two Big 12 championships and national prominence have reached a contract settlement.

Details of the settlement are not yet known.

On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that Briles has no interest in settling a federal lawsuit filed against him and the university by a woman who was raped by a football player.

In a motion filed Thursday as part of the lawsuit, according to the AP, Briles said he wanted new attorneys separate from the school. His personal attorney Ernest Cannon contended that Baylor and the board of regents was using Briles as a scapegoat “to disguise and distract from its own institutional failure to comply” with federal civil rights protections.

Briles’ lawyer also demanded the school turn over to him all litigation files, including the information given to the Pepper Hamilton law firm that investigated allegations of mishandling cases of rape and violence by football players. Baylor released only a damning 13-page “Findings of Fact.”

Briles was “suspended with intent to terminate” on May 26. A group of wealthy donors made a push to convince the board of regents to suspend Briles for one year and bring him back in 2017. However, a vote was never taken, according to a Baylor spokesperson.

Baylor introduced acting football coach Jim Grobe at McLane Stadium recently, where he said he wanted to retain the current coaching assistants and they will all be charged with following NCAA guidelines on recruits. (Video by Mac Engel/Star-Teleg

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