Former Baylor University head football coach Art Briles filed an emergency motion Thursday, accusing Baylor of unfairly blaming him and the football program for the school’s institutional failure in addressing sexual assault.
The motion is part of the Title IX civil rights lawsuit filed in March by a sexual assault victim, which states the university was keeping Briles in the dark about plans to settle the lawsuit. Briles was not informed of a meeting scheduled for Friday between Baylor officials, the plaintiff and her attorney.
The plaintiff was identified publicly with the filing of the lawsuit. In 2012, the former student was raped by former football player Tevin Elliott. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000 for sexually assaulting the woman, and his criminal trial revealed allegations against him of raping three other women and trying to assault another woman.
A letter included with the motion filed Thursday states that Briles, the legendary four-time Texas state champion head coach at Stephenville High School does not want to settle the case.
Briles has suggested that the school is using him and the football program as a scapegoat in the ongoing Title IX and sexual assault controversy.
The plaintiff’s lawsuit names Baylor University, coach Briles and Athletic Director Ian McCaw as defendants. In the motion filed Thursday, Briles is asking to be represented by his own counsel separate from the firm representing Baylor.
A separate Title IX lawsuit against the University was filed Wednesday.