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Former coach Art Briles drops libel lawsuit against Baylor officials

Melinda Barton | 03 February, 2017, 00:52

As part of it, Briles also claimed he was being prevented from finding another coaching job because of the allegations stemming from the sexual assault scandal at the school.

Former Baylor coach Art Briles has dropped a libel lawsuit against the school. His suit alleges that the university's actions inaccurately painted him as a responsible party for the assaults rather than focusing on staff responsible for addressing the incidents.

The suit was filed in Llano County because Briles was in residence there at the time of the alleged defamation.

Briles was sacked in May after an outside law firm hired by Baylor found "specific failings within both the football program and athletics department leadership, including a failure to identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player, to take action in response to reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, and to take action in response to a report of dating violence".

Briles' attorney, Ernest Cannon, told KWTX-TV of Waco on Wednesday, that the lawsuit was never about money.

"He was a non-factor as far as anybody investigating that was concerned", Herman said of Horny, later adding that his longtime friend had "no knowledge of the unfortunate circumstances at Baylor". During a coaching search last December, the University of Houston took the unusual step of announcing Briles, who had been head coach there before moving to Baylor, would not be interviewed.