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Briles Files Suit Against Baylor Administrators

Jason Scott

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Llano County, Texas, ex-Baylor head coach Art Briles has alleged that three university regents and the school vice president have unjustly harmed his reputation and interfered with his ability to get a job in the wake of an ongoing sexual assault scandal.

Briles was fired at Baylor months ago, after an investigation into sexual assault allegations against football players found that the program mishandled those allegations. Briles himself, and former AD Ian McCaw were implicated in a statement by Baylor that claimed they had heard about an alleged gang rape perpetrated by five football players and did nothing about it. Briles has denied any wrongdoing.

According to the Washington Post, the lawsuit specifically names regents Ronald Murff, J. Cary Gray and David Harper, as well as Baylor vice president Reagan Ramsower, and accuses them of “libel, slander, tortious interference with prospective business relationships and intentional infliction of emotional distress.”

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for Briles, including for pecuniary losses, as he will likely be unable to find another job as head football coach. Baylor has not issued a response to the suit.

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