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Attorney: Art Briles expects to be coaching in 2018

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After years of scandals at Baylor, is Art Briles ready to return to the sidelines? Yes.

At least that’s the way Art Briles sees it.

The former Baylor coach believes he will return to the coaching ranks, his attorney told the Waco Tribune-Herald.

The interview came after the settlement of a Title IX lawsuit filed against Briles and former athletic director Ian McCaw by a former Baylor student who was raped by a Bears football player. That player, Tevin Elliott, is serving a 20-year prison sentence. McCaw now is the AD at Liberty University, which plays FCS football but is moving into the FBS ranks in 2018.

Now that the lawsuit is out of the way, Briles plans to go back into college football.

Briles’ attorney, Mark Lanier, said Briles expects to coach again, as early as 2018. He said Briles already has received inquiries from colleges interested in hiring him.

“There’s no question this is one step toward him getting back into coaching,” Lanier said. “He did not want to get back into coaching until he finished through the legal system.”

Considering the end to Briles’ tenure in Waco, that may not be an easy sell.

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During Briles’ time at Baylor, multiple members of the team were accused of violent crimes, including sexual assaults, in a wide-ranging scandal. A lawsuit filed this spring alleged that the football team had a “system” of hazing in which players participated in gang rapes as a “bonding experience.”

In May, two of Briles’ former assistants were hired at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla., an NAIA school not affiliated with the NCAA.

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