Hue Jackson Defends Hiring Of Art Briles At Grambling State

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As we reported on last week, Art Briles accepted a job with Grambling State to be their offensive coordinator.

Briles was the head coach at Baylor from 2008-2015. His firing from the team in 2015 was a result of the Baylor University sexual assault scandal.

Through his foundation, Jackson released a statement on the hiring.

“We believe that through the hiring of Coach Briles and the well-developed programs we have in place, this hire will be instrumental in teaching others the importance of knowing how to prevent victimization, proper reporting procedures, provide adequate resources to individuals who have been victimized and develop strong law enforcement partnerships within the community,” the foundation said.

Doug Williams, former Grambling State player and coach, said, “It certainly put me in a tough situation being a supporter of Grambling football,” Williams told ESPN. “I don’t know Art Briles, but it doesn’t sit well with me.”

ESPN has more here.

UPDATE: Briles has resigned from his position as offensive coordinator.