By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Art Briles has resigned from his position at Mount Vernon High School in . He served as their head football coach and athletic director.
When he was hired in May 2019, he received a two-year agreement. That contract was due to expire in May 2021.
“After coaching 42 games of football from Florence, Italy, to Mount Vernon, Texas in the last 22 months, I respectfully resign as head football coach and athletic director of the Mount Vernon Tigers,” Briles said in a written statement. “[My wife] Jan and I will forever be indebted to the great folks of Mount Vernon for welcoming us into their community with trust and open arms! Also much love to the students, teachers and administrators, but most importantly, to the players and trainers and coaches that dedicated their souls and spirit to achieve a vision of Tiger Grit! I also want to express a special thanks to Dr. McCullough and the Mount Vernon ISD School Board for their belief and trust.”
As the Mount Vernon head coach, he went 20-6.
Briles name has come up as a leading candidate to replace Hugh Freeze should he leave Liberty University. Despite signing a contract extension in November, Freeze is a hot commodity in the coaching circles.
His name has been brought up at several job openings so far. One of the major jobs so far on the off-season market, AL.com is reporting that the Auburn Tigers is reportedly not interested in Freeze.
If Briles gets hired by the Flames, he’ll be reunited with Athletic Director Ian McCaw. He was the Baylor Athletic Director when Briles led the football program.
However, the two were forced to resign due to a Baylor scandal. This has caused both Briles and McCaw to receive severe backlash.
Briles is 99-65 as a college football head coach. He is also 166-46-4 as a high school football coach.
Besides serving as a head coach at Mount Vernon, he also served as head coach at Hamlin High School, Georgetown High School, and Stephenville High School.
Briles also served Sundown and Sweetwater as a assistant coach.
After a stint as the Texas Tech running backs coach, he served as the Houston Cougars and Bears head coach. Briles also spent time as a coach in Italy as the leader of the Estra Guelfi football team.
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