After two seasons as head coach at Mount Vernon ISD, Art Briles has now resigned.
In a press release statement Dec. 14, the Franklin County school district announced that after leading the Tigers to the UIL State 3-A Division 1 semifinals and with an overall record of 20-6, Briles has decided to tenure his position as head coach of the Purple Tigers.
“After coaching 42 games of football from Florence, Italy to Mount Vernon, Texas, in the last 22 months, I respectfully resign as Head Football Coach and Athletic Director of the Mount Vernon Tigers,” Briles’ statement read. “Jan and I will forever be indebted to the great folks of Mount Vernon for welcoming us into their community with trust and open arms. Also [we extend] much love to the students, teachers and administrators, but most importantly to the players, trainers and coaches who dedicated their souls and spirt to achieve of vision of Tiger Grit. I also want to express a special thanks to Dr. McCullough and the Mount Vernon ISD School Board for their belief and trust.”
The Purple Tigers ended their storybook season Dec. 11 in Globe Life Park in Arlington after losing to Tuscola Jim Ned 24-17.
Mount Vernon Superintendent of Schools Jason McCullough provided the following statement:
“On behalf of the MVISD Board of Trustees and all of the Mount Vernon, I want to thank Coach Briles for his two years here in Mount Vernon,” the statement read. “He and his staff have invested themselves into our community, our school and more importantly into the lives of our students. The football season was an awesome experience and one that all of Mount Vernon will always remember. He is an amazing coach and the program he has built in Mount Vernon puts us in a position to continue to be successful moving forward. We wish him the very best in whatever the future holds for he and Jan.”
Briles, 65, is a Texas native who played receiver at the University of Houston from 1974-1977. He later graduated from Texas Tech University in 1979 and began a career as a high school football coach for the next 20 years. His first collegiate coaching job came in 2000 when he took a job at Texas Tech. He later returned to Houston to coach before the Baylor Bears came calling in 2007.
Briles enjoyed a wildly successful run at Baylor until he was fired in May 2016 during the fallout of the school’s highly publicized sexual assault scandal involving several platers. A year later he was hired by the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, but never coached a game there after the team changed their minds due to intense media scrutiny. The following year, in 2018, he accepted a head coaching job in the Italian Football League before returning to the States to take the job at Mount Vernon.
Last year, Briles led the Tigers to a 8-3 season before losing in the first round of playoffs. The Tigers finished the 2020 season with an impressive 12-3 record. There is speculation Briles is now possibly in the running for several collegiate coaching positions.