Art Briles, the former Baylor football coach who was sacked three years ago amid a sexual assault scandal at the Baptist school, has been hired to lead an East Texas high school program.
Briles, 63, was Baylor's head coach from 2008-15, leading the Bears to two Big 12 championships. "After a thorough due diligence process and several earnest conversations, we believe our students will benefit greatly from his skills and experience".
Briles was sacked by Baylor in 2016 as the university confronted a sexual assault scandal involving football players. "I have learned many lessons during my time as a coach".
The dismissal came in the midst of the rape and assault scandal that brought reports earlier that university president Ken Starr had been fired in 2016.
He did receive a warm welcome from his former player Robert Griffin III.
At Baylor, Briles ended a 15-year bowl drought, developed Robert Griffin III in to the school's first Heisman Trophy victor and began beating schools like Texas and Oklahoma.
The former Baylor coach is now back in football coaching at the high school level.
"We are pleased to welcome Coach Briles back home to Texas", Mount Vernon superintendent Jason McCullough said in a statement.
Briles was introduced via Skype on Friday night to a room full of Mount Vernon staff, community members and almost 15 football players who all seemed extremely excited about their new coach. Some lessons are born out of success and others out of failure. "But they all present opportunities to grow, learn, teach, as we strive for excellence both on and off the field".
Briles has not been able to land a job in coaching in the United States since being let go by Baylor.
He spent a few hours as assistant head coach for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League back in 2017, before the team chose to rescind the offer. The last full season that Briles coached Baylor was during the 2015 campaign when he almost led his team to a Big 12 Championship for the second time.