Jerry Jones vouches for Art Briles, would want grandson to play for him

Art Briles — and Jerry Jones for that matter — doesn’t believe the sexual assault scandal that rocked Baylor will deter the former Bears coach from getting another job.

Briles, who was fired in May as part of the fallout for how the university mishandled countless rape allegations, visited Dallas Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, Calif. this week. He has a couple former players on the roster, including wide receiver Terrance Williams and rookie tight end Rico Gathers.

Jones invited Briles up to a tower overlooking the Cowboys practice field (Oscar De La Hoya was also there). The Cowboys owner and general manager discussed his support of Briles with reporters.

From the Dallas Morning News:

“I will vouch for him as a person,” said Jones. “He’s top quality as a person. I’d want my grandson, if he had the chance, to play for him.”

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Briles said he believes he’ll be hired when jobs — in college or the NFL — open in November or December. He’s confident he’ll get a second chance despite how his career ended at Baylor.

“I know who I am,” he said. “I know what I’ve been through 60 years. People may doubt what you say, but they always believe what you do. I’ve always lived my life in a righteous manner.”

Briles said he’s “dumfounded” by everything that transpired leading to his dismissal. He reshaped the Bears’ football team, taking the program from the bottom of the Big 12 to consecutive conference titles in 2013 and ’14.

Then he lost everything this spring when the Pepper Hamilton report revealed institutional failure and improper handling of sexual assault allegations made against his players.

There’s not guarantee Briles gets another shot at coaching. But he said he’s going to “redefine himself” and “start a new chapter.” He added he will learn from his mistakes.

“I’m just going to make sure that I have policies in place that are protective of everybody,” he said, “students first and foremost, then administrators, coaches.”


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