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Art Briles resigns as head football coach, athletic director at Mount Vernon

The announcement was made Monday afternoon on the Mount Vernon ISD Facebook page.

MOUNT VERNON, Texas — Art Briles has resigned as the head football coach at Mount Vernon High School following the team's 24-17 loss to Jim Ned in the UIL 3A Division I state semifinals.

The announcement was made Monday afternoon.

"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' resignation read. Han 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 much love to the students, teachers, and administrators, but most importantly to the players, trainers, and coaches that dedicated their souls and spirit to achieve a 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."

MVISD Superintendent Dr. Jason McCullough released the following statement on Briles' resignation:

"On behalf of the MVISD Board of Trustees and all of Mount Vernon, I want to thank Coach Briles for his two years here in Mount Vernon. He and his staff have invested themselves into our community, our school, and more importantly into the lives of our students. This 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 was hired by Mount Vernon in May 2019 on a two-year contract.

Before the hire, Briles was coaching Guelfi Fierenze, an American football team in Florence, Italy. He was previously fired from the head football coaching job at Baylor on May 26, 2016, in wake of the program's sexual assault scandal. 

This is a developing story and CBS19 will update this article as more information becomes available.

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