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Baylor regents take no vote on Briles during Monday meeting

Baylor regents took no vote on the status of suspended football coach Art Briles during a Monday night meeting, per a school spokesperson.
Baylor regents took no vote on the status of suspended football coach Art Briles during a Monday night meeting, per a school spokesperson. AP

A Baylor spokewoman said Tuesday that the school’s board of regents took no vote regarding the employment status of football coach Art Briles during a Monday night meeting. The meeting, said the spokeswoman, was conducted via conference call and dealt with a variety of matters.

But no vote was taken in regard to Briles, who was suspended May 26 with intent to terminate by board members in the wake of the Pepper Hamilton report that addressed rape allegations involving football players and cited instances of inappropriate responses to those allegations by Baylor administrators and individuals within the football program.

Multiple published reports leading into the meeting raised the possibility that regents would address the Briles situation because board members were dealing with what Waco station KCEN-TV cited as “an unbelievable amount of pressure” from influential boosters seeking Briles’ reinstatement for the 2017 season after serving a one-year suspension. With Briles out of the loop, Baylor officials hired Jim Grobe, 64, as the school’s acting football coach on May 30.

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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