A Grambling spokesperson told 247Sports that the school won’t be releasing a statement on the hire, instead allowing Briles to do an exclusive interview with a local Louisiana TV station on Thursday.
Hue Jackson, who was the head coach for the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns, took over as Grambling’s head coach in December. Jackson’s first year in Cleveland coincided with Briles being fired from Baylor. After Briles lost his job, he visited some of his former Baylor players – including Robert Griffin, Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon – at Browns training camp. Later that season, Jackson invited Briles to return and help out the the Cleveland offense for a few days as a guest. Jackson caught flak for that decision.
“I’ve gotten to know coach Briles and he’s a tremendous offensive-minded football coach,” Jackson said in 2016. “I’m always looking for different ways of doing things. What happened at Baylor’s at Baylor.”
When Briles was fired, Baylor’s board of regents concluded there was an “overall perception that football was above the rules, and that there was no culture of accountability for misconduct.”
Briles, who reportedly was paid $15.1 million to settle his Baylor contract, has contended he did nothing wrong. In 2018, Baylor’s legal counsel sent a letter to Briles saying that they were unaware of the coach ever discouraging sexual assault victims from going to the police. In August, an NCAA investigation ruled that Briles and Baylor didn’t violate any NCAA rules, even though it was critical of how the coach and school handled the sexual assault allegations.
After he was fired, Briles spent nine months coaching in the Italian Football League before returning to Texas to coach Mount Vernon High School. He spent two years at Mount Vernon before resigning after the 2020 season.
Briles went 34-28 in five seasons at the University of Houston, leading the Cougars to four bowl games before taking the job at Baylor. He led the Bears to two Big 12 titles in his eight seasons before he was fired.