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Lane Kiffin Denies Using Former Baylor Head Coach Art Briles As a Consultant

Lane Kiffin claims the report suggesting Art Briles is an FAU consultant is a non-story.

Earlier this week it was reported that FAU head coach Lane Kiffin was utilizing disgraced former Baylor coach Art Briles in a consulting role, with Kiffin telling the Sun Sentinel, "Every once in a while, I’ll text or call him and bounce something off of him.”

Moreover, FAU offensive coordinator Kendal Briles—Art's son—added “Obviously, he has ideas. He wants to know personnel and different guys and making sure we’re getting those guys in the right spots and getting them touches and all that stuff. He’s a football coach, that’s all he’s ever been. He’s definitely involved and we talk daily.”

But Kiffin clarified today, claiming Briles is "absolutely not a consultant" for FAU.

Per ESPN:

"Somebody texted me and wanted to know why I hired Art Briles, and I was like, 'What?'" Kiffin said. "He's absolutely not a consultant and has never been to practice or spoken to our team. That's classic 'somebody trying to make it a story' because it's Art Briles and Lane Kiffin."

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"He's a coach's dad just like mine, and I told him that his son is doing a really good job, which all dads, especially coach's dads, love to hear," Kiffin said. "It's no different than when you call a player's parent and tell them their son is doing well. And in the course of that, I've asked him a few questions because it's obviously his [offensive] system that he's run for years. So I've asked him a couple of questions about alignments of players or something like that."

Art Briles was fired in 2016 amidst Baylor's ongoing sexual assault scandal.