Ticats name Art Briles assistant head coach offence

Former Baylor head coach Art Briles will join the Hamilton Tiger-Cats coaching staff as assistant head coach offence.

New Ticats head coach June Jones said he would be bringing in a coach to help on offence and that’s Briles’ area of expertise.

The 61-year-old gained notoriety for turning around the Baylor University football program after inheriting the worst Big 12 team when he was hired as the Bears head coach in November 2007.

In 2011, quarterback Robert Griffin III – who is currently on the Tiger-Cats negotiation list – rose to superstardom under Briles’ guidance. Griffin threw for 4,293 yards (72.4 per cent completion percentage) 37 touchdowns and nine interceptions while rushing for 699 yards and 10 touchdowns to beat out Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson for the Heisman Trophy. Baylor went 10-3 that season.

In all, Briles took Baylor to six straight bowl games.

Then, scandal struck. Briles was fired in May 2016 after an independent investigation found that football coaches and athletics administrators had run their own improper investigations into rape claims and that in some cases they chose not to report such allegations to an administrator outside of athletics.

“The choices made by football staff and athletics leadership, in some instances, posed a risk to campus safety and the integrity of the University,” the report stated.

Briles denied covering up sexual violence by his players or trying to obstruct the investigations. A number of lawsuits against Baylor are still pending and Briles has been out of football since.

– with files from AP