Briles' speech at coach convention canceled

From ESPN - January 8, 2018

Former Baylor coach Art Briles was scheduled to speak at the 2018 American Football Coaches Association convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, but his session was canceled "due to concerns," according to a statement on Monday from AFCA executive director Todd Berry.

"I am saddened that our coaches have lost an opportunity," Berry said in a prepared statement.

When asked what concerns beyond backlash from social media prompted the cancellation, an AFCA spokesman said: "Social media criticism was the biggest concern."

In response to the decision, Briles sent a text to ESPN saying, "My intention to speak at AFCA was to educate and inform coaches of making sure Title IX policies-procedures and reporting policies are in place. I want to give back to the profession that has given so much to so many!"


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