In his first statement since his termination, Art Briles admitted to making mistakes during his time as Baylor’s head coach in the wake of the sexual assault controversy that led to his firing last week.
“After 38 years of coaching, I have certainly made mistakes, and, in hindsight, I would have done certain things differently,” Briles said, according to KWTX. “I always strive to be a better coach, a better father and husband, and a better person.”
Briles said that the Pepper Hamilton report, which concluded the football program had failed to take action against players accused of sexual assault, had not been shared with him, and that he was contractually obligated not to comment on the specifics of the situation.
“I hope to share with you what I was aware of as soon as I can so Baylor Nation can begin the healing process,” Briles said.
After the release of the report, athletic director Ian McCaw and chancellor Kevin Starr resigned. Former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe was named interim head coach on Monday to replace Briles, who had served as Baylor’s head coach since 2008.
“My heart goes out to the victims for the pain that they have endured,” Briles said. “Sexual assault has no place on our campus or in our society. As a father of two daughters, a grandfather, and a husband, my prayers are with the victims of abuse, wherever they are.”
Read Briles’s full statement here.