An update to a story we originally published last week:
Former University of Baylor, Art Briles, is trying to revive his coaching career at Mount Vernon High School. However, Briles is currently under fire for using two players who were deemed ineligible to play. The players, Brock and Cameron Nellor, were ruled to have moved into the district for athletic purposes only.
Mount Vernon, the District 7 3-A school, is 5-0 this season outscoring their opponents 233-85 has enjoyed a ton of success under Briles this year. However, on top of the allegation of using ineligible players, Briles is being accused of using a coach that isn’t a full-time employee of the district.
Coach Briles faced a public reprimand by the district executive committee on these issues. Mount Vernon ISD Superintendent said to The Dallas Morning News:
“We are disappointed by and disagree with the sudden reversal of field by the District 7-AAA Executive Committee but respect its decision,” McCullough said in a statement. “Facts presented at a previous meeting on this topic resulted in the exoneration of the two students and validation of their athletic eligibility.” (Dallas Morning News)
The district did rule that the school will not face forfeiture of games, however, that the students were still ineligible. The two players are able to file an appeal to the UIL.