Update: It turns out that the backlash toward the team and league was too much. After releasing the ominous statement below earlier in the day, the CFL announced Monday night that former Baylor coach Art Briles will not be joining coach June Jones' staff with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats despite the original announcement by the team.
"Art Briles will no longer be joining the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a coach," read a joint statement from the CFL and the Tiger-Cats. "We came to this decision this evening following a lengthy discussion between the league and the Hamilton organization. We wish Mr. Briles all the best in his future endeavors."
Art Briles is heading to The Great White North.
It was only a matter of time before the former Baylor coach found another coaching job somewhere, and it appears that somewhere is Canada. The Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League announced Monday that they had hired Briles as the team's "assistant head coach offense."
As for Briles, he's been out of work since May 2016 when he was fired by Baylor in the midst of a sexual assault scandal at the school.
The CFL issued a statement on the hiring Monday afternoon that suggests that, while the move was officially announced by Hamilton, the league is considering stepping in.
"The Commissioner is in continuing discussions with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats regarding the hiring of Art Briles as a coach," the statement read. "We will have no further comment until those discussions have concluded."
Briles has denied having any knowledge of the numerous alleged rapes and Title IX violations within his program while he was at Baylor, and he filed a lawsuit because he believed school officials were implying in interviews that he did. Briles dropped the lawsuit in February 2017 after a new lawsuit against the school alleged that 52 "" by 31 Baylor players occurred at the school between 2011 and 2014. The lawsuit also claims the program used sex to sell the program to potential recruits, with players arranging for "women, alcohol and illegal drugs" to be available for recruits at off-campus parties.