Ex-Baylor coach Art Briles apologizes: 'I made mistakes. I did wrong'

A few weeks after insisting he'd done nothing wrong, Art Briles apologized for his wrongdoing in the school's sexual assault scandal.
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A few weeks after insisting he had "never done anything illegal, immoral or unethical" during his lifetime, former Baylor coach Art Briles apologized for his wrongdoing during his time at school, when a sexual assault scandal happened under his watch.

In an interview with ESPN's Tom Rinaldi, Briles said he was sorry for what happened during his time as coach of the football team.

"I made mistakes. I did wrong, but I'm not doing this trying to make myself feel better for apologizing," Briles told ESPN. "I understand I made some mistakes. There was some bad things that went on under my watch. I was the captain of this ship. The captain of the ship goes down with it. So, I understand that I made some mistakes, and for that I'm sorry. But I'm not trying to plead for people's sympathy. I'm just stating that, 'Hey, I made some mistakes. I was wrong. I'm sorry. I'm gonna learn. I'm gonna do better."

Briles lost his job in wake of the scandal, in which an investigation found the university administration and football program failed to take action on incidents involving multiple Baylor football players. He was the only coach fired in the fallout of the events, officially parting ways with the school in June.

The 60-year-old brought in two players that were accused of sexual assault at Baylor in Sam Ukwuachu and Shawn Oakman, who were dismissed from their previous schools following off-field incidents.