Controversial Briles named head football coach at Mount Vernon High School

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MOUNT VERNON, Texas – Mount Vernon’s school board voted Friday night to hire former Baylor head coach Art Briles to lead the Tigers’ football program.

Briles left Baylor in 2016 after a scandal involving several athletes being alledgedly charged of sexual assaults on and off campus. Several sources reported to Fox Sports Texarkana early Friday that Briles would get the job.

The 63-year-old coach was in Italy when he applied for Mount Vernon’s athletic director and head football coach position. He replaces former Maud coach Josh Finney.

Briles a 1979 graduate of Texas Tech

A 1979 graduate of Texas Tech, he played wide receiver four years for the Red Raiders. His first coaching job was as an assistant at Sundown, Texas, in 1979. Briles was also an assistant at Sweetwater, Texas, prior to getting his first head coaching job at Hamlin.

The gifted mentor spent two years at Georgetown, Texas, prior to taking the head job at Stephenville in 1988. He enjoyed great success with state championships at Stephenville, leaving in 2000 to become the running backs coach at Texas Tech under Mike Leach. He served as head coach at the University of Houston in 2005, leaving for Baylor in 2008.

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