Baylor and Art Briles reportedly reach a contract settlement. What are the five things that matter for Baylor, Briles, and the football program?
– Art Briles claimed he was wrongfully terminated from the Baylor head coaching job, threatened to sue, and according to Jason King of Bleacher Report, the school reportedly settled with him for an as-of-this-moment undisclosed amount. Briles was owed $40 million on his contract before being launched.
– This puts an end to the whole idea that Briles will return in 2017 after a “suspension” for a season. Last week, Baylor created a whole new controversy with some of the major donors/boosters reportedly looking to bring Briles back after a year off following the football program’s failure to properly handle the sexual assault allegations against a few former Bear players.
– Briles claimed he was never shown any of the evidence about why Baylor chose to fire him. This all came after a suspension of Briles with an “intent to terminate” following the Pepper Hamilton investigation allegedly detailing the breakdown and issues – this was an oral report – that isn’t being made public.
– Things were about to get ugly if Baylor didn’t do this. Briles fired away at the school with his attorney claiming the former head coach was being used as a “scapegoat” after working with the school’s lawyers in the Hamilton investigation. Originally, Briles’ attorney claimed there wouldn’t be a settlement.
– What Does This Really Mean? Basically, Baylor seems like it wants this to all go away and doesn’t want any lawsuits and any more problems than it’s already dealing with. This could’ve dragged out for a while and been a PR disaster on top of all the other current issues. The school has Jim Grobe in place to be the head man for at least the 2016 season, and the team is good enough to come up with a solid year.
But if Grobe’s not the answer going forward, the school might now be slightly hamstrung in terms of money available to go after a top-shelf head man for 2017 and beyond. Because it’s a private school, Baylor doesn’t have to disclose the terms of the settlement, but it’s sure to be enough – total guess, but maybe $25 million of the $40 million owed? – to become a factor.