Appearing at his first SWAC football media day, Hue Jackson said he does not regret hiring Art Briles as Grambling State offensive coordinator despite the visceral reaction and ultimate departure of the one-time exiled coach.
“Me, I truly still believe in Art Briles,” Jackson reaffirmed Thursday. “I understand the backlash that came, but if people knew the information that I had at my disposal (and) not what everybody writes but what the truth is.”
Briles, who had not coached in college football since he was fired at Baylor in the wake of sexual assault allegations into the Bears football program while he was head coach, was hired in February and was on the job 10 days before resigning amid the mounting criticism.
Now, said Jackson, the team has moved past that rocky period and is looking ahead to the fall.
“That’s behind us now,” he said. “What I made the decision to do is to make myself the coordinator. We had Ted White who went to the Houston Texans. We had Art and it didn’t work out. So hey, Hue go do what you do. I’m excited. In fact, I’m rejuvenated and looking forward to leading this offense with John Simon and the rest of our coaching staff.”