Ticats CEO says franchise caught off guard by level of anger surrounding Art Briles

Art Briles – whose invitation to be a coach in Hamilton was pulled late Monday night, was fired as the head coach of Baylor University last May after an investigation discovered the school mishandled numerous sexual assault allegations, including some against football players and that “football personnel chose not to report sexual violence and dating violence.”

Ticats CEO Scott Mitchell says the franchise was caught off guard by the level of anger that would follow the hiring of Briles, who’d been at the centre of one of the largest sexual assault scandals in U.S. college history.

“We underestimated the tsunami of negativity that was going to happen,” Mitchell told The Fan590 radio station in Toronto.

Mitchell said he believed Briles deserved a second chance after being fired from Baylor but society and the media decided it wasn’t the time.

“I think it became clear this was not acceptable to people.”

Mitchell says nobody will be fired for what he acknowledged was a “bad decision.”

Mitchell said he hopes Briles gets a second chance in coaching someday.

“There’s no moral high ground on an issue like this,” Mitchell said.

Full interview here.

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