Briles withdraws court filing amid settlement reports
WACO, Texas (AP) Fired Baylor coach Art Briles has withdrawn a demand for new lawyers in a federal civil rights lawsuit against him and the university amid reports he has settled a contract dispute with the school.
Briles' lawyers had told a federal court Thursday he wanted attorneys separate from Baylor and had no intention of settling the lawsuit filed by a woman who was raped by a Baylor football player. The filing suggested a bitter court fight was brewing between Baylor and the coach who claimed his May 26 firing was wrongful termination.
Briles withdrew the motion Friday as multiple media outlets cited anonymous sources in reporting Briles and Baylor had reached a settlement on his contract, which ran through 2023. According to USA Today's coaches' salary database, Briles made $4.2 million in 2015. Baylor, a private school, has not disclosed contract details.
A Baylor spokeswoman declined comment. Briles' attorneys did not respond to requests for comment.
Baylor fired Briles after an investigation found the school mishandled sex assault allegations for years, including some made against football players.