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Former Baylor coach Art Briles to coach in Italy

Former Baylor football coach Art Briles says he is going to Italy to try to revive his career. Briles was fired by Baylor in 2016 amid a sexual assault scandal at the Baptist school and hasn’t coached since. He told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he has been hired to coach an American football team in Florence.

Art Briles says he didn’t cover up sexual assaults at Baylor

Former Baylor coach Art Briles says he didn’t cover up any sexual violence or try to obstruct investigations at the nation’s largest Baptist university. Briles was fired in May 2016. He has released a one-page letter defending himself against allegations that he ignored incidents of assault by his players and operated a program that considered itself above the rules.

Baylor rocked by wave after wave of ugly allegations

The allegations against Baylor, its football program and former coach Art Briles, get uglier with each new lawsuit and legal filing. Among the most recent: More than 50 acts of rape by dozens of football players in four years. Briles asking why an alleged rape victim would hang out with “bad dudes” (his own players). And coaches encouraging female students in a hostess group to have sex with recruits.

Attorneys: Art Briles drops libel suit against Baylor officials

Attorneys say Art Briles has dropped a defamation lawsuit that accused four university officials of making false statements against the former football coach. Briles in December sued three Baylor regents and a university vice president for libel and slander, claiming they falsely stated that he knew of reported assaults and alleged gang rapes by players and didn’t report them.

Some Baylor assistants finding jobs and mixed reactions

Former Baylor coach Art Briles conceded months ago that the sexual assault scandal that led to his firing likely ended his career. That’s not the case for some of his former assistants, including his son. At least 3 former assistants and staff members from last season have new jobs, while others are still looking as Baylor faces multiple lawsuits filed by alleged victims accusing the school of promoting “a culture of sexual violence.”

Baylor: Art Briles, others told about gang rape allegation

Baylor University has explained for the first time how former football coach Art Briles and others responded to a woman’s claims that she was gang-raped by five players. University officials told The Dallas Morning News that the student-athlete informed her coach in April 2013 that she’d been assaulted a year earlier and that the coach told Briles, ex-athletic director Ian McCaw and a sports administrator. The board of regents says no one reported the allegation as required by law.

Major Baylor donor McLane wants Art Briles’ ‘honor restored’

Billionaire businessman Drayton McLane, whose name adorns the Baylor University football stadium, says he wants to see fired football coach Art Briles’ honor “restored” and evidence that led to his dismissal publicly released by the school’s board of regents. McLane and a group of influential alumni and donors called Thursday for more transparency from regents, demanding they release what was uncovered in an investigation by the law firm Pepper Hamilton.

In brief: Northern Ireland steps up at Euro

Northern Ireland won its first game at the European Championship on Thursday, in Lyon, France, with a 2-0 victory over Ukraine that helped to eliminate its opponent.

Baylor demotes Ken Starr, fires Art Briles amid scandal

Baylor University demoted school president Ken Starr and fired football coach Art Briles on Thursday, issuing a scathing report over the university’s handling of sexual assault complaints against players.

Baylor football coach Art Briles embarrassed by aide violations

Baylor football coach Art Briles said Monday he was embarrassed to find out that one of his assistant coaches was on the sideline during an Oklahoma home game, the second potential NCAA rules violation by his staff to be disclosed in as many weeks. Briles (pictured) said he wasn’t aware beforehand that passing game coordinator Jeff Lebby, who is also his son-in-law, was going to be at the Sooners’ game against Tulsa. “If I had been aware, that situation would have never happened,” Briles said. “It’s embarrassing to me, quite honestly.” When he found out, Briles said he called Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and apologized. Stoops alluded to an NCAA rule that prohibits off-campus, in-person scouting of future opponents. “That seems to be … a pretty fundamental rule. That’s not allowed, so I don’t know what he was doing here,” Stoops said. – AP

Chris Petersen declines to elaborate on Sam Ukwuachu situation

Washington coach Chris Petersen has declined to expand on his statement from last week regarding the transfer of Sam Ukwuachu from Boise State to Baylor when Petersen was the Broncos’ head coach. Petersen spoke with reporters Tuesday in Seattle for the first time since Ukwuachu was found guilty on sexual assault charges Friday in Texas. Petersen declined to get into further details about conversations he had with Baylor coach Art Briles when Ukwuachu transferred from Boise State to Baylor after he was dismissed from the Broncos’ program. Petersen stood by the statement he released last week. – AP

Kerkhoff: Sam Ukwuachu shouldn’t have been accepted at Baylor

Two weeks before the college football season opens, one of the ugliest stories in the sport is unfolding in Waco, Texas. Talk of Baylor football centered on its prospects as a national championship contender, until Thursday, when Sam Ukwuachu, a defensive end who has never suited up for the Bears, was convicted of second-degree sexual assault in an October 2013 attack on a Baylor soccer player.