University of the Incarnate Word needs a new football coach, and former Baylor coach Art Briles could be a candidate for the opening.
Famed billionaire booster B.J. “Red” McCombs is urging Incarnate Word to hire Briles as its next coach, according to a report from the San Antonio Express-News.
“You not only will be getting the best football coach available but also the best man,” McCombs told the school’s board of trustees, although Incarnate Word reportedly has no interest in Briles’ services.
Baylor fired Briles in May 2016 after the Pepper Hamilton report showed that the football program mishandled multiple reports of sexual assault while he was the Bears’ coach.
Despite that fact, McCombs still vouched for Briles. He also criticized Baylor’s handling of the situation.
“The man that I know wouldn’t even come close to being the kind of guy those people (painted him out to be),” McCombs told the Express-News. “I don’t think (Baylor) handled the job right, but that’s their business, not mine.
“But what happens to little Incarnate Word is my business,” McCombs added. “I want them to do well, but I am afraid they are fighting an uphill battle, and this could be their big breakthrough.”
Briles led Baylor to a 65-37 record throughout eight seasons.
Incarnate Word, on the other hand, is now in the market for a new coach after firing Larry Kennan following a 1-10 2017 season.
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