WACO, TX – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears looks on as the Bears take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the second half at McLane Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)The news of Art Briles becoming a coach once again hasn’t been out for a full day, yet it already has the majority of people on social media enraged.On Friday, Mount Vernon in Texas announced that Briles will become the football team’s head coach for next season. The former coach of the Baylor Bears was fired for the school’s sexual assault scandal that took place.In the press release, Mount Vernon said “We are pleased to welcome coach Briles back to Texas. He brings with him a wealth of not only football experience but also life experience.”Just the thought of Briles coaching at the high school level has brought out a plethora of negative reviews, but the way Mount Vernon handled the situation has drawn even more attention. The timing of the announcement has led many people to believe that Mount Vernon tried to bury the hiring.With the school year coming to an end very soon and Memorial Day weekend upon us, the news of Briles getting hired almost slipped through the cracks.Now, most sports analysts and writers are unleashing on Mount Vernon for dumping the news late on Friday.Art Briles gets hired at dinnertime on Friday before Memorial Day weekend. News dump of all news dumps.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) May 24, 2019Mount Vernon announced the hire of Art Briles on a Friday evening, going into a holiday weekend, right as the school year is winding to a close.They made EVERY effort to bury this.— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) May 25, 2019The Friday before Memorial Day news dump is a big one …… Art Briles is coaching again, and it’s for a Texas High School.Seriously, he is https://t.co/bM9b481Kz4— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) May 25, 2019During his time as the coach at Baylor, Briles led his team to an overall 65-37 record.Fans won’t argue against Briles’ ability to coach, especially on the offensive side of the football, but his actions at the collegiate level have made him a controversial figure in the sports world.
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR Putin opened his wallet today in a bid to win his long-running battle with the European Union over Ukraine’s future, saying Moscow would buy €11 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds and sharply cut the price of natural gas for its economically struggling neighbour.The announcements came after Putin held talks in Moscow with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who is facing massive protests at home for his decision to shelve a pact with the EU in favor of closer ties with Moscow. Russia’s bailout package angered protesters, who immediately accused Yanukovych of selling the country out to the Kremlin and pressed demands for his ouster.Washington said the Kremlin agreements would not address concerns of the demonstrators in Kiev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed what she described as a “bidding competition” over Ukraine.Putin’s move came as Ukraine said it desperately needs to get at least €7.2 billion in the coming months to avoid bankruptcy. The Fitch ratings agency has given Ukraine’s bonds a B-minus rating, which puts them in “junk bond” territory.Putin sought to calm protesters in Kiev by saying he and Yanukovych didn’t discuss the prospect of Ukraine joining a Moscow-dominated economic bloc they fear will pull their country closer into Russia’s orbit. The protests continue in Kiev today [Ivan Sekretarev/AP/Press Association Images]Yanukovych has maneuvered between Russia and the EU in an apparent in a search for the best possible deal. He has insisted Ukraine still intends to sign the EU agreement, but wants to negotiate better conditions.But neither Putin nor Yanukovych mentioned the possibility today and they didn’t take questions, suggesting they were keeping their messaging tightly-controlled.Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said after the Kremlin talks that Russia would purchase €11 billion in Ukraine’s Eurobonds starting this month. The money will come from Russia’s rainy day National Welfare Fund which accumulates oil and gas revenues.Putin emphasized that Russia’s decision to buy the Ukrainian securities wasn’t contingent on Kiev freezing social payments to its citizens — a clear jab at the International Monetary Fund, which has pushed Ukraine to reduce spending as a condition for providing a bailout loan.Read: “America stands with you,” John McCain tells Ukraine protestersExplainer: What exactly is going on in Ukraine? > Read: Demonstrators topple Lenin statue in giant Ukraine protest >