Former Baylor football coach Art Briles has dropped a lawsuit against a group of university officials, a lawyer of his announced Wednesday:
“All he wanted was his good name." Cannon said.
“I'm sorry we didn't get this resolved for all the Baylor people, so they could know the truth,” Cannon said.
“A man can only carry so much.”
“They overloaded him in an endless supply of money, lawyers, resources, and no restraints on anything they'll do to achieve their goals,” Cannon said.
“Art wants some peace in his life for him and his family, and to put as much distance between him and his family and Baylor as he can, and I wholeheartedly agree with him.”
Baylor fired Briles amid a sexual assault scandal in May 2016. In December, he filed a libel and conspiracy suit against three university regents and a vice president.
Briles suggested he’d been made a fall guy for a broader institutional failure to properly address sexual assault and Title IX compliance issues, and he said the officials conspired to keep him from getting another coaching job. He specifically accused regents of telling media members, falsely, that he’d been made aware of alleged gang rapes by Baylor players and didn’t correctly report them.
News of a different lawsuit, this one against Baylor, broke a week ago. That suit alleges 52 rapes committed by 31 of Briles’ players between 2011 and 2014.
After Baylor fired Briles, it replaced him for the 2016 season with former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe. Briles’ assistants stayed in place and openly feuded with the school’s administration over perceived mistreatment of their former boss.
Baylor hired Temple’s Matt Rhule this offseason to be Briles’ long-term replacement, finally making more of a break from the Briles era.