Here’s the letter from Baylor the Ticats said ‘exonerated’ Art Briles

The Fort-Worth Star Telegram has obtained the letter from Baylor University to their former head coach Art Briles that – from the university’s perspective at least – clears him of many of the most serious allegations against him.

From the letter, which is dated May 23, 2017, and is signed by Baylor’s general counsel, Christopher W. Holme:

“As you speak with others regarding these issues, you can be assured you may make certain statements without fear of contradiction from Baylor based on the information currently known to us.

“In particular, at this time we are unaware of any situation where you personally had contact with anyone who directly reported to you being the victim of sexual assault or that you directly discouraged the victim of an alleged sexual assault from reporting to law enforcement or University officials. Nor are we aware of any situation where you played a student athlete who had been found responsible for sexual assault.

“We wish you the very best in your future endeavors.”

Briles was fired as the head coach of Baylor University in May, 2016 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.” One former player is serving a 20-year sentence for sexual assault and the school is facing a number of lawsuits, not to mention ongoing investigations by state and federal authorities as well as the NCAA.

Briles settled with Baylor the following month. The terms of the financial settlement were not disclosed, and Briles was owed $40 million on the remainder of his contract.

The Ticats hired Briles on Monday to serve as assistant head coach of the offence and team CEO Scott Mitchell initially defended the move, despite strong opposition from fans, sponsors and the CFL.

“Art was exonerated by his own university, he certainly had nothing to do with no criminal discussions or proceedings,” Mitchell said in an interview following the hire. But the team and the CFL announced later Monday that Briles would not be joining the club and owner Bob Young has repeatedly apologized for the decision.