Former Baylor football coach Art Briles’ first season as the head coach at Mount Vernon ended Saturday with a 20-14 loss to Gladewater Sabine in the first round of the UIL playoffs.
On Wednesday, we learned more about how Briles got back to his Texas high school coaching roots, and what could possibly be in store for his coaching future.
Briles, according to a report from The Washington Post, was “in play” to be the next athletic director and head coach at Mount Vernon for about a month before the school district announced the hire on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, just hours before the high school’s graduation. It was a shocking hire that sent Mount Vernon, an east Texas town of less than 3,000, into the national spotlight.
Landon Ramsay, a lawyer in town and the husband of former Baylor football recruiting staff member Leigh Anne Ramsay, first reached out to Briles about the possibility of coaching at Mount Vernon, something Briles confirmed during media availability after Mount Vernon’s first fall practice.
Art Briles said he’s been searching for a “yes” to coaching, after the CFL and Southern Miss situations. Italy was the first yes, and then former Baylor staffer Leigh Anne Ramsay and her husband reached out and told him about Mount Vernon. @SportsDayHS pic.twitter.com/HkscxMfQUx
— Joseph Hoyt (@JoeJHoyt) August 6, 2019
Ramsay then brought the idea of Briles coaching Mount Vernon to the district’s superintendent, Jason McCullough, according to The Post. Only about a dozen people in town knew before the announcement was made.
Just over two months later, on Aug. 5, Briles was back on the practice field, coaching Mount Vernon. That same day, a statement from Briles’ legal team addressed their side of what happened at Baylor and what led to Briles being fired in 2016 amid a sexual assault scandal at the school. Briles received a $15.1 million settlement from the school — less than half of the $39 million remaining on his 10-year contract…
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