That didn’t last long.
On Monday morning, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League announced they had hired former Baylor head coach Art Briles as their new offensive assistant. Then, less than 24 hours later, they changed their minds.
The Tiger-Cats and the CFL released a joint statement around 9 p.m. Monday night saying that Briles would not be joining the team as a coach. Briles, of course, has been out of coaching since May 2016 when Baylor suspended and then fired him for his role in the school’s sexual assault scandal. In the statement, the CFL said that, “We came to this decision this evening following a lengthy discussion between the league and the Hamilton organization. We wish Mr. Briles all the best in his future endeavours.”
What exactly those endeavors might be is still uncertain. Briles’ name has been tossed around in various capacities since his dismissal, including to fill the once-vacant offensive coordinator position at Auburn. That situation would have suited Briles well from a football perspective, as Auburn’s starting quarterback Jarrett Stidham previously played for Briles at Baylor in 2015.
But Auburn publicly denounced Briles, as has every other program he’s been affiliated with. Now the Tiger-Cats have joined that list, and social media was as excited about that as they were frustrated on Monday morning.