Art Briles has dropped his libel lawsuit against Baylor school officials.
Rusty Hardin, one of the attorneys representing the three Baylor regents mentioned in Briles’ lawsuit, told the Dallas Morning News that Briles’ lawyer, Ernest Cannon, gave notice on Wednesday morning that the former Baylor coach was ready to drop his lawsuit.
Cannon did not comment on Briles’ decision to drop the lawsuit.
Since his dismissal last May, Briles has denied having any knowledge of the numerous alleged rapes and Title IX violations within his program, and he filed the lawsuit because he believed school officials were implying in interviews that he did.
Briles’ decision to drop the suit comes less than a week after new revelations about the Baylor program under Briles. A lawsuit filed against Baylor last week alleges that 52 “acts of rape” by 31 Baylor players, including five alleged gang rapes, took place at Baylor between 2011 and 2014. Briles took over the Baylor program in 2008.
The lawsuit also claims the program used sex to sell the program to potential recruits, with players players arranging for “women, alcohol and illegal drugs” to be available for recruits at off-campus parties.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Ex-Baylor coach Art Briles drops libel lawsuit against university officials