Briles sues Baylor officials for libel and conspiracy

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Nearly seven months after Baylor fired him amid an ongoing sexual-assaults scandal, former head football coach Art Briles filed a lawsuit against three regents of the school and its vice president.

Briles accuses the officials-three school regents and one vice president-of libel and slander.

A Baylor spokeswoman declined to comment. The regents told the newspaper that Briles knew about at least one alleged incident but didn't alert police or school staff members who were tasked with handling allegations of sexual violence. Ken Starr was also fired as president, and Starr resigned from his other university posts. Despite all that success, Briles has not reportedly been considered for any head coach openings in college football this month.

According to the lawsuit, the assertions that Briles was aware of attacks that he did not report were not true, and were meant to "expose Coach Briles to public hatred, contempt, ridicule and cause him financial injury".

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Gators coach Jim McElwain said in a statement Thursday "we will do everything we can to support and assist him and help him get what he wants". The suit also said Briles "is neither a public official nor public figure for any objective".

Those figures had never been disclosed to Briles when he was sacked or during his settlement after he sued for wrongful termination, Briles' lawsuit said.

"These defendants have been relentless in their false attacks upon Coach Briles in the media despite his repeated requests that they cease and retract their onslaught of untruths", the suit alleges.

"In their actions to defame Coach Briles, the Baylor Regents Defendants have expended and continue to expend millions of dollars contributed to the University in good faith by large and small donors and (alumni)". The lawsuit was filed in Llano County in Central Texas. The resulting report, by Pepper Hamilton, 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". Before the settlement, Briles filed a motion in a separate Title IX lawsuit accusing Baylor lawyers of using information Briles told them against him, leading to his firing. McCaw was recently hired as athletic director at Liberty University in Virginia.



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