Art Briles is returning to the sidelines.
The disgraced former Baylor coach has been hired by Guelfi Firenze, an American football team based in Florence, Italy.
“I am grateful to be back on the field coaching football, and doing what I love,” said Briles. “Jan and I are excited to arrive in Italy for this new opportunity. I will work tirelessly to make Guelfi Firenze a title contender.”
The 62-year-old Briles has been out of coaching since May 2016, when he was fired by Baylor in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that engulfed his football program and the university.
Last year, Briles was hired as an assistant coach by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. However, the Tiger-Cats backed out of the deal within hours of the announcement after facing a firestorm of criticism.
Briles’ contract with Guelfi Firenze is flexible and would allow him to return to the United States to accept a coaching position, according to a report by Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“We are thrilled that Coach Briles has accepted our offer and will be our head coach for the 2019 season,” said Guelfi Firenze general manager Edoardo Cammi. “We are all excited about the opportunity of having a professional of his stature as our coach and we can’t wait to welcome him on our Guelfi family starting from the offseason."
Former NFL wide receiver Wes Welker, who played at Texas Tech while Briles was an assistant under Mike Leach, offered his congratulations to the embattled coach on Twitter.
Congrats to Coach Briles! Happy for you coach! Exclusive: Former Baylor coach Art Briles hired by football team in Italy https://t.co/dwBIBXblwf— Wes Welker (@WesWelker) August 2, 2018