Baylor Officials Deny Defaming Ex-Coach Art Briles Amid Sex Assault Scandal

Former coach sued Baylor in January, says officials conspired to damage his reputation

Baylor University officials have responded to a defamation lawsuit filed by ex-football coach Art Briles, saying they were truthful in comments criticizing Briles' handling of sexual assault allegations against players.

Three Baylor regents and an administrator said in a court filing last week in Llano County that Briles is a public figure and bears the responsibility of proving any falsehood.

The four men, including Chief Operating Officer Reagan Ramsower and regent Chairman Ronald Murff, are requesting a jury trial.

Briles filed suit last month. It accuses the men of falsely stating he knew of reported assaults and alleged gang rapes by players and didn't report them.

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He contends Baylor officials conspired to damage his reputation and keep him from getting another coaching job.

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