Updated February 16, 10:33 AM CT
Ex-Baylor AD: Black athletes scapegoated for sexual assault issues
Former Baylor University athletic director has claimed regents schemed to make black football players scapegoats for a decades-long problem of sexual assault at the nation's largest Baptist school.
Excerpts taken from Ian McCaw's June 19 deposition appear in documents filed Wednesday in a federal lawsuit pending against Baylor. Ten women are suing the school over how it handled their allegations of sexual assault.
Baylor's sexual assault scandal surrounded its football team in 2016 and fired former coach Art Briles and demoted former president Ken Starr in 2016. McCaw is now athletic director at Liberty University in Virginia.
McCaw says Baylor's former police chief discouraged sexual assault reporting and ignored some rape reports.
Baylor officials said McCaw's testimony is ''selectively quoted'' and based on speculation.
Baylor football players interviewed about sexual assault
Four Baylor students, at least two of them football players, have been interviewed as suspects in connection with an alleged sexual assault that occurred at apartments near campus in November, Waco (Texas) TV station KWTX is reporting.
The alleged victim and the complainant are both members of Baylor’s equestrian team, multiple sources said. Reports were filed in the week following the incident.
The football players are both redshirt-freshman, and the alleged incident occurred late night Nov. 11 into the early morning hours of Nov. 12, after the Bears football team lost to Texas Tech at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
According to sources, there was video recorded of the incident, which is now in the possession of Baylor’s Title IX investigators. The video may have been posted on social media.
At least four Baylor faculty or staff members were interviewed as witnesses, according to police reports, but the school did not clarify whether they are athletic department employees or coaches.
The Baylor football team played two more games after the incident – Iowa State at home on Nov. 18 and at TCU on Nov. 25.
No arrests have been made, nor have any charges been filed, but the investigation is ongoing.
Another alleged sexual assault around the Baylor football team is particularly troubling, as the program was embroiled in a sexual assault scandal dating back to 2015 that involved multiple players and led to the firing of coach Art Briles.
Baylor shocked in opener by Liberty
Stephen Calvert threw for 447 yards and three touchdowns and Liberty spoiled Matt Rhule's coaching debut at Baylor, stunning the Bears with just their second-ever loss to a lower-division team in a 48-45 victory in Waco on Saturday night.
The Bears lost their seventh straight regular-season game since starting 6-0 last season, while a 19-game regular-season winning streak against nonconference opponents ended.
Rhule was hired after a year with interim coach Jim Grobe following a sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of two-time Big 12-winning coach Art Briles. The Bears lost an opener for the first time since Briles' first game in 2008.
Baylor's only other loss to a lower-division team was 18-17 to Division I-AA Lamar in the 1981 opener, when the Bears were coming off one of two Southwest Conference championships under Grant Teaff, the school's winningest coach.
The matchup up of private Christian schools was a big win for Liberty and athletic director Ian McCaw, who resigned the same job at Baylor last year after a scathing report over the school's handling of sexual assault cases involving football players.
Calvert, the sophomore quarterback guiding the Flames in their final FCS season, also ran for a score while helping Liberty to its first win over a Big 12 school and fifth against an FBS opponent. Liberty is transitioning to full-time FBS status in 2019. Calvert was 44 of 60 without an interception.
Antonio Gandy-Golden had a career-high 192 yards receiving and two touchdowns, including a 13-yarder that put Liberty ahead for good at 34-31 late in the third quarter.
The teams traded touchdowns twice in the fourth quarter, starting with Calvert's 8-yard run on a broken play for a 10-point lead. The Bears twice got within three points on touchdown runs from John Lovett, who had 89 yards after starting running back JaMycal Hasty left in the first half with a lower-extremity injury.
The Flames ran out all but 32 seconds of the final five minutes. Anu Solomon's desperation pass as the clock expired was intercepted around the 10-yard line by Calvert, in the game to defend the Hail Mary.
Thursday, August 08:03:43
Ex-Baylor player sent fiery emails to media over coverage of his rape trial
Police in Dallas say it is unlikely harassment charges will be filed against a former Baylor football player who sent a series of fiery emails to The Dallas Morning News questioning coverage of his sexual assault trial.
The Waco Tribune-Herald reports Sam Ukwuachu continued to send emails to the Dallas newspaper after it sent a cease-and-desist letter to Ukwuachu and his attorney.
Ukwuachu was convicted in 2015 of sexual assault but an appeals court earlier this year overturned that conviction. McLennan County prosecutors are seeking to have the conviction reinstated.
Ukwuachu also has sent emails to the Tribune-Herald and other media. He's profanely proclaimed his innocence to Tribune-Herald reporters and threatened to sue prosecutors.
His case and others resulted in broad criticism at the way Baylor responded to allegations of sexual assault on campus.
Friday, July 2017 07:28:55
Baylor ordered to provide sex assault reports dating to 2003
A judge has ordered Baylor University to turn over to plaintiffs' attorneys records of all cases of sexual assault and harassment since 2003 in a lawsuit against the nation's largest Baptist school.
A group of women is suing Baylor, claiming the school in Texas mishandled or ignored claims of sexual assault for years. Baylor officials wanted to provide the court with a summary of cases. They cited privacy concerns for students not part of the lawsuit.
U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman in Waco said Wednesday that the assault reports will be covered by a protective order against public release.
Pitman said Baylor would not have to turn over documents it provided to the Big 12, investigators for the NCAA and a state criminal probe.
Wednesday, July 2017 07:26:58
Baylor's Rhule won't recruit Texas HS players who transfer out of state
Matt Rhule doesn't appreciate when in-state high school players leave Texas for other schools, so he simply isn't going to recruit them.
Baylor's first-year head coach made his vow during the Texas High School Coaches Association's coaching school Tuesday, according to Jessica Morrey of KCENTV.com.
Texas head coach Tom Herman shared similar thoughts Monday, saying he doesn't understand why recruits think leaving the state will make a difference.
"I don't understand it," Herman told Adam Coleman of the Houston Chronicle. "I get nervous that one of those things is going to take off here in the state of Texas. I'd be happy - if you've got any kids out there that are thinking about moving - if you want to put me in touch with them and me telling them it's not going to matter in terms of their recruitment, because it doesn't."
Herman later clarified his comments, saying, according to Jeff Howe of 247Sports: "Playing football in our state is tremendously rewarding, but I also recognize the value for those who choose to pursue other opportunities."
Friday, July 2017 07:08:37
Baylor settles lawsuit with woman who alleged sexual assault
Baylor University has agreed to a settlement with one of several women who sued amid a sexual assault scandal that has rocked the nation's largest Baptist school.
A settlement notice was filed in federal court in Waco, Texas on Thursday. No details were released but the agreement represents Baylor's first settlement to resolve a cascade of federal lawsuits over the past 18 months filed by women who said they were attacked and had their cases ignored or bungled by the university.
Baylor has settled with at least three other women who did not file lawsuits and still faces five federal Title IX lawsuits from more than a dozen women. The school also faces state and federal criminal and civil rights investigations and an NCAA probe into the athletic program.
The scandal, and the school's own investigation into how Baylor responded to assault allegations, led to the firing of former football coach Art Briles and the demotion and eventual departure of former school President Ken Starr in 2016.
''Baylor University is pleased that the parties were able to resolve this dispute in an amicable fashion. We are unable to comment further regarding this particular claim out of respect for the student's privacy,'' the school said in a statement.
The case noted for settlement Thursday involves a woman identified anonymously as Jane Doe. The woman said in 2015 she was assaulted after she was drugged and abducted from an off-campus residence known as ''The Rugby House,'' a place where Baylor officials had received several previous reports of assaults. The lawsuit did not name her assailant but noted he was not a member of Baylor's rugby club team.
According to the lawsuit, Baylor officials initially attempted to help identify the attacker, and told her there were two more reported victims with similar experiences at the house. But school investigators stopped all correspondence with the woman after five weeks and did not schedule an administrative hearing in her case, the lawsuit said. The woman dropped out of Baylor in summer 2015 and moved home out of state.
The woman sued in 2016, alleging Baylor's own investigation into sexual assault responses showed that officials ignored rape claims at the cost of safety to its students for years. The lawsuit accused the school of creating a ''hunting ground for sexual predators to freely prey upon innocent, unsuspecting female students, with no concern of reprisal or consequences.''
The woman's lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The settlement notice said the two sides are finalizing details and expect to have the case dismissed within the next two months.
Baylor is locked in legal battles with the other women who have sued. The lawsuits have alleged gang rape, a football program that fostered sexual violence and accused the school of using a strict student code of conduct that prohibits premarital sex and drinking alcohol to intimidate victims and witnesses into silence.
Baylor's 2016 investigation into sexual assault responses found a football program that acted as if it was ''above the rules'' as coaches and staff had improper contact with complainants, and interfered or impeded school and potentially criminal investigations.
Briles has long denied any wrongdoing and insisted he did not cover up sexual violence by his players or try to obstruct any investigations.
Saturday, 27 May 2017
Baylor head coach Matt Rhule drives point with players: "Respect women"
The new Bears coach say's he texts players nearly every weekend about respecting women and off-field behavior. "That's not because we're at Baylor," Rhule said. "That's because I'm dealing with 18- to 23-year-old kids, and I feel a responsibility just like I would feel for my son."
Rhule sends the texts every two hours on Thursday and Friday night, starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 3 a.m. Baylor fired Art Briles last year after an investigation into how the program handled allegations of sexual assault. The school still has six Title IX lawsuits pending from 15 different women.
"I think one thing I'll say - and I feel very passionately about this - is so often football coaches say, 'Of course, I'm against rape. I have two young girls.' To me, it's not just the fact that I have girls in my life is why I don't believe in rape," Rhule said. "When you communicate like that with football players or any young people, they begin, in my mind, to differentiate between women they know and love and women who they don't know, and then they don't place any value on them.
"We talk about what it means to be a man, and a major part of that is not just how to treat your mom, but how to treat all women, the way to be respectful to all women, how to look at women, how to speak to women and how to treat women each and every day."
Ex-Student: Gang Rape Was 'Bonding' for Baylor Players
Claims 'drugged, assaulted by up to 8 players'
A former student at the world's largest Baptist college says she was gang-raped by football players who treated the assault as a "bonding" experience. The women, a former member of Baylor University's volleyball team, filed a lawsuit against the college Tuesday over its handling of the alleged assault in 2012, CNN reports. The lawsuit says the institution in Waco, Texas, allowed football players to "run wild" and she was "manipulated into not pursuing her rights" after she was allegedly drugged and raped by up to eight players. Her attorney says she didn't inform police at the time because "the mindset at that time was the football players could do whatever they wanted."
Court documents state that a coach spoke to some of the players involved and they said they had only been "fooling around," calling it "a little bit of playtime," the Dallas Morning News reports. In the lawsuit, the woman says that after the coach's talk, football players verbally harassed her on campus and sent her family text messages. This is the seventh Title IX lawsuit for the university, which has been dealing with allegations of mishandling of football-related sexual assaults for years, reports Reuters. Last year, the scandals led to the firing of football coach Art Briles and the departure of university president and chancellor Ken Starr.
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A former athletic director for Baylor University denies that he failed to properly respond to sexual assault allegations against a football player.
Ian McCaw defended himself in a court filing Friday against accusations by Jasmin Hernandez, who was raped by former player Tevin Elliott. Elliott was convicted in 2014 and is serving a 20-year prison sentence.
McCaw argues that after he notified former head football coach Art Briles of the allegations, Briles indefinitely suspended Elliott from the team.
A judge earlier this month ruled that Hernandez's lawsuit against the school can proceed to trial. She contends the university violated Title IX by disregarding multiple rape claims against Elliott.
The Associated Press generally doesn't identify sexual assault victims, but Hernandez has asked that her name and case be publicized.
2013 Baylor football player charged with assault
RELATED: A Texas court of appeals has overturned the sexual assault conviction of Sam Ukwuachu and granted the former Baylor football player a new trial. Ukwuachu was sentenced to 180 days in jail and given 10 years of probation in 2015 after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a female soccer player in 2013.
The 10th court of appeals overturned the conviction based on the exclusion of text messages between the woman and her friends from evidence at trial. Ukwuachu served two months of his jail sentence before being released on bail while awaiting his appeal.
Baylor cracking down - fires staffer over inappropriate texts to teenager
Baylor has dismissed associate director for football operations DeMarkco Butler, after Butler allegedly sent inappropriate text messages to a teenager, according to KWTX in Texas. "DeMarkco Butler is no longer employed by Baylor University," said Baylor spokesperson David Kaye told.
"As a personnel matter, we have no further comment." Butler was hired just 28 days ago on Feb. 15. This is the second staff member fired by Baylor under new head coach Matt Rhule, as Brandon Washington was fired after being arrested for being part of a prostitution sting in February. This latest news comes as Baylor deals with a scandal surrounding the sexual assaults of at least 17 women by 19 football players.
Briles: "Let me be clear. I did not cover up sexual violence,"
Art Briles is denying allegations that he turned a blind eye to alleged incidents of sexual assault while coaching at Baylor in a one-page letter he released Thursday. On Wednesday, the Texas Rangers opened a preliminary investigation at the behest of Texas legislators into the manner in which Baylor dealt with assault allegations.
"Let me be clear. I did not cover up sexual violence," Briles wrote in the letter addressed to "Baylor Nation" via KWTX.com. "Anyone well-versed in my work as a coach knows that I strove to promote excellence, but never at the sacrifice or safety for anyone."
Briles was fired by Baylor after eight seasons on May 26, 2016 at the suggestion of university regents who held him responsible for a lack of accountability for athlete misconduct, including sexual assault allegations. In October, regents told the Wall Street Journal the allegations of violence included 17 women reporting sexual or domestic assault incidents against 19 football players, including four allegations of gang rape, dating back to 2011. However, a regent anonymously told KWTX that "The vast majority of those allegations presented did not have facts to support them." In January, a victim filed a lawsuit against Baylor claiming to have been gang raped by two football players. The suit alleged that 31 Baylor football players committed at least 52 acts of rape between 2011 and 2014. Baylor officials have since denied those numbers. Baylor president Ken Starr and athletic director Ian McCaw also lost their jobs in the wake of the scandal. Briles had yet to publicly respond to the allegations before Thursday. Briles began the letter by bluntly stating he "did not obstruct justice on or off campus." He filed a libel lawsuit against some Baylor regents, but dropped the suit in February. KWTX reports Briles was paid more than $15 million in exchange for a non-disparagement and confidentiality agreement.
"Despite the insistence of certain people, I can remain silent no longer," Briles wrote. "There is an onslaught of information coming out in the press that is inaccurate, misleading, and unfair to Baylor, its amazing students, its strong faculty, the administration, and its athletic programs. "Rumor, innuendo, and out of context messages, emails and comments have no place in a true fact-finding mission. The key to growth for the school begins with full transparency, not selective messaging. To participate, or worse yet, instigate such, is unfair to the victims, the accused, the programs and all of Baylor Nation. "I hope and pray that at some point, those feeding this disinformation will stop, and full disclosure rather than messaging misdirection will take place. It's long overdue."
Briles releases letter defending actions at Baylor
Art Briles released a letter Wednesday evening that denies he covered up sexual assaults when he was the head coach at Baylor. "Despite the insistence of certain people, I can remain silent no longer," Briles wrote, according to Phillip Ericksen of the Waco Tribune. "Let me be clear. I did not cover up sexual violence. I had no contact with anyone that claimed to be a victim of sexual or domestic assault. Anyone well-versed in my work as a coach knows that I strove to promote excellence but never at the sacrifice of safety for anyone. I did not obstruct justice on campus or off." Briles was fired last spring after an investigation into the way the program handled accusations of sexual assaults against its players.
Last month, Baylor regents claimed Briles hid information on player misconduct and released alleged texts from the coach, one of which appeared to show Briles trying to hide information from the Bears' judicial department. The 61-year-old responded to those claims in the letter, saying the texts were taken out of context and the school needs to be more transparent. "Rumor, innuendo, and out-of-context messages, emails, and comments have no place in a true fact-finding mission," Briles added. "The key to growth for the school begins with full transparency, not selective messaging. To participate or, worse yet, instigate such is unfair to the victims, the accused, the programs, and all of Baylor nation. I hope and pray that at some point, those feeding this disinformation will stop, and full disclosure rather than messaging misdirection will take place. It’s long overdue."
Baylor suspends stand-out DB after accusations of repeated violence
Baylor has suspended Travon Blanchard indefinitely after the star defensive back was accused of multiple acts of violence against a woman he had a relationship with in a protective order issued Tuesday. "The Baylor Athletics Department is aware of a complaint made against Travon Blanchard through the McLennan County District Attorney's Office," Baylor said in a statement obtained by David Smoak of ESPN-Central Texas. "Immediately upon notification on February 7th, the appropriate campus student-conduct process was initiated and Blanchard was suspended indefinitely from all team-related activities, pending the outcome of the investigation."
According to the affidavit filed in support of the order, on Feb. 4, Blanchard became upset when a waiter approached the woman at a restaurant and asked whether they knew each other. Blanchard “began verbally abusing the applicant”, and followed her as she tried to leave, the affidavit says. He grabbed her hand in an attempt to take her car keys and broke her finger, cutting the finger “to the point where she was unable to have it stitched,” the affidavit says. She was able to flag down a nearby police officer, but Blanchard fled the scene, and police weren’t able to find him.
The order, which was obtained by John Carroll and Mikel Lauber of KWTX.com, claims the Bears standout engaged in acts of violence and that there is a "threat of family violence in the future." Blanchard has also been ordered to stop communication with the woman. According to the order, there have been at least four incidents of violence against the applicant by Blanchard, dating from July 4, 2016 to Feb. 4, 2017.
The redshirt junior was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection for the 2016 season.
Dem wants Rangers to open probe on Baylor
AUSTIN, Texas (AASN) Texas lawmaker Rep. Roland Gutierrez, a San Antonio Democrat, wants the state's top law enforcement agency to look into Baylor's sexual assault scandal and whether school officials worked to cover up crimes.
Rep. Gutierrez called on the Texas Rangers on Monday to probe the nation's largest Baptist school. Baylor fired football coach Art Briles and pushed out former President Ken Starr in 2016 after an internal report found the Waco school mishandled sexual or physical assault allegations for years. Baylor officials have acknowledged that at least 17 women reported being raped by 19 football players since 2011.
Lawsuits against the school put the number of alleged sexual assaults at more than 50 over a four-year period. Baylor officials say federal civil rights investigators will be on campus this week.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017
Baylor official cleared of choking reporter
WACO, Texas - A grand jury has declined an indictment against a Baylor University athletics official charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly grabbing a reporter by the throat following a football game. The McLennan County grand jury declined the indictment Wednesday against associate athletic director Heath Nielsen.
The 17-year Baylor spokesman was accused of grabbing James McBride, a reporter for the Keller-based Texas Blaze newspaper, as McBride tried to take a picture with a Baylor player on Nov. 5. According to an arrest affidavit, McBride said Nielsen told him he was violating his media privileges. The affidavit says McBride had visible scratches and complained of pain around his throat. McBride also told police it hurt to swallow. Nielsen, who denied the charges, is no longer listed on the Baylor athletics website.
Wed, 08 Feb 2017
Big 12 to withhold 25 percent of revenue from Baylor
The Big 12 Board of Directors voted unanimously to withhold 25 percent of future revenue distribution payments to Baylor, pending the outcome of a third-party verification review, the conference announced Wednesday. "The board is unified in establishing a process to verify that proper institutional controls are in place and sustainable," University of Oklahoma president and Big 12 Conference Board of Directors chairman David Boren said. "Effective immediately, the Conference is withholding 25 percent of Baylor’s share of any future revenue distribution until the proper execution of controls is independently verified. "By taking these actions the board desires to ensure that the changes that were promised are actually made and that systems are in place to avoid future problems.
The proportional withholding of revenue distribution payments will be in effect until the Board has determined that Baylor is in compliance with conference bylaws and regulations as well as all components of Title IX." Baylor was not included in the vote and will be responsible for all associated costs. "While the withholding of conference distributions is an unexpected financial event, we do not deem these actions to materially impact the overall financial position of the university," Baylor interim president David Garland said in a statement. "We pledge our full cooperation, and we will work with the Big 12 conference to conduct the audit as expeditiously as possible. "This ... will provide an opportunity for us to demonstrate our progress to date and our ongoing commitment in establishing Baylor as a leading institution in athletics compliance and governance and for preventing and addressing sexual assaults on college campuses."
The school's regents submitted documents in a lawsuit last week alleging that former coach Art Briles hid information about player misconduct, including incidents relating to the sexual assault scandal that's engulfed the university.
The NCAA has since reportedly launched an in-depth investigation into possible rule violations by Baylor, including impermissible benefits and Title IX issues.
Fri, 27 Jan 2017
Lawsuit alleges 52 rapes by Baylor players during 4-year span
A lawsuit filed Friday by a Baylor graduate claims 31 players committed 52 acts of rape during a four-year span, including two that raped her in 2013. The woman alleges that former Bears players Tre'Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman raped her following a party on April 18, 2013, according to Sarah Mervosh of The Dallas News. Both players were named as suspects by police in an investigation regarding that rape, however, neither were charged. Lawyers in the suit identified at least 52 "acts of rape" by 31 players from 2011-14, with two of the incidents classified as gang rapes committed by 10 or more players at once.
The lawsuit details a culture of sexual violence inside the Baylor athletic program, and has a Dallas-area high school athlete claiming former assistant Kendal Briles once said, "Do you like white women? Because we have a lot of them at Baylor and they love football players." According to the lawsuit, Chatman was accused of rape before the incident involving the plaintiff, after a student athletic trainer reported he had raped her at his apartment. Baylor reportedly moved that trainer to a female sports team and agreed to pay for the remainder of her education, provided she sign a non-disclosure agreement.
The numbers presented in the suit are in stark contrast to those posted by Baylor after an independent investigation by the Pepper Hamilton Law firm in 2016. Regents told the Wall Street Journal in October that 17 women reported sexual or domestic assaults by 19 players during the same time span.
Thu, 26 Jan 2017
Ex-Baylor aid officer files Title IX lawsuit against school
The sexual assault scandal that gutted the Baylor football program has rose back to the top, following a federal Title IX lawsuit filed by a former financial aid officer, according to Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach of ESPN. Lyn Wheeler Kinyon, a former assistant vice president for student financial aid, was fired for what she claims was retaliation for reinstating a football player's scholarship that she alleges was improperly revoked over sexual assault allegations. In July 2016, Kinyon chaired an appeal committee that voted to allegedly reinstate defensive tackle Jeremy Faulk, only to have her new supervisor fire her months later.
Faulk is not named in the lawsuit, but his case lines up with the accounts described by Kinyon. The football player had his scholarship revoked, after Baylor administrators heard about sexual assault allegations, though the Title IX office had not notified Faulk he was being investigated. In the lawsuit, it states the player "had not committed sexual assault, was wrongfully accused of unspecified misconduct, kicked off the football team, denied his scholarship, housing and meal allowance on May 30, 2016." Faulk said previously that he had consensual sex with the woman who claimed to be sexually assaulted, resulting in police filing no criminal charges. Kinyon also claims the sexual activity was consensual. When Faulk returned to campus on May 30 for the summer semester, the lawsuit alleges he was told he had been removed from the program and was denied having housing.
On June 1, school officials requested Faulk to sign a release that would allow them to receive his student records from Florida Atlantic where he played from 2013-14.
Six days later, Baylor officials told Faulk he had been dismissed from the team, where Faulk was then notified by the Title IX office of a complaint filed against him.
Faulk appealed the decision, where during the hearing, according to the lawsuit, "Baylor's representatives dropped the allegation that (Faulk) had been involved in sexual activity in violation of Title IX as justification for rescission of the scholarship, although the allegation of sexual misconduct were the sole motivating factor for Baylor's termination of his scholarship." The lawsuit alleges school officials changed course, stating Faulk was untruthful in his transfer papers from Florida Atlantic, failing to mention any "academic or behavioral misconduct."
During his time at Florida Atlantic, Faulk was placed on academic probation, while campus police were called to an incident involving Faulk and a friend bursting through a door to a teammate's room when the teammate was naked in bed with his girlfriend. No charges were filed. The appeals committee voted to reinstate Faulk, after gaining reassurance it would not face retaliation from the school over the decision. In October, after formally ending its investigation, the Title IX office informed Faulk the complaint would be suspended, providing Faulk agreed to never seek readmission to Baylor and never return to campus.
That same month, interim head coach Jim Grobe disputed a statement made by the school that said Grobe was involved in the decision to remove Faulk from the program. Kinyon was fired from her position in November.
Baylor's Mulkey side-steps questions on her rant
WACO, Texas (AASN) Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey met with reporters Monday for the first time since she made controversial comments which included saying critics of Baylor should be "knocked in the face." Those comments were followed by an apology on Sunday for her "poor choice of words," which Mulkey issued through espnW's Mechelle Voepel.
Rather than clarifying her comments or offering further explanation of her apology on Monday, Mulkey avoided answering questions and simply referred the gathered reporters to the Voepel piece from a day earlier. One reporter asked when Mulkey realized she should issue an apology, to which the coach responded, "Honey, I can't remember the third quarter tonight." in reference to Monday's win over Oklahoma.
Thu, 19 Jan 2017
Ex-Baylor Title IX coordinator: School interfered in assault investigations
Gabrielle Lyons, a former Title IX officer at Baylor, claims several of the school's senior administrators discriminated against and intimidated her as she tried to investigate sexual assault cases. The ex-employee has filed the complaints with federal officials, according to ESPN's Paula Lavigne, and said she was treated worst when probing cases involving football players.
Lyons is the second former Baylor Title IX coordinator to allege such claims against the university. Patty Crawford, who resigned in October 2016, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights that said Baylor was continuing to violate Title IX provisions after it pledged to change its approach to handling sexual assault claims, as recommended in the Pepper Hamilton investigation.
Lyons left Baylor in November 2015 after claiming senior administrators ignored complaints from her and several colleagues about being short-staffed, adding that she and other staffers required mental-health services to cope with emotional stress after having to deal with so many stories of abuse.
Fri, 13 Jan 2017
Baylor officials deny defaming ex-coach Briles amid scandal
WACO, Texas - Baylor University officials have responded to a defamation lawsuit filed by ex-football coach Art Briles, saying they were truthful in comments criticizing Briles' handling of sexual assault allegations against players.
Three Baylor regents and an administrator said in a court filing last week in Llano County that Briles is a public figure and bears the responsibility of proving any falsehood. The four men, including Chief Operating Officer Reagan Ramsower and regent Chairman Ronald Murff, are requesting a jury trial. Briles filed suit last month.
It accuses the men of falsely stating he knew of reported assaults and alleged gang rapes by players and didn't report them. He contends Baylor officials conspired to damage his reputation and keep him from getting another coaching job.
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Fallout continues at Baylor
Athletes decommit, coaches cite "risk-reward" of job
Baylor was still able to begin its schedule with a 6-0 record despite all the turmoil surrounding the program entering 2016, rising to the No. 8 spot in the AP Poll on October 23. Then they started playing better teams and the losing started. It isn't just on the field that the Bears are losing, as the program is also seeing coaching candidates and recruits shy away on an almost daily basis.
Just 36 days after hitting the No. 8 spot in the AP Poll with that 6-0 start, the Bears are 6-5 and face the real possibility of going 6-6. The game left on the schedule is a daunting visit to No. 18 West Virginia as 17-point underdogs. Since the Bears peaked in the AP Poll, the results for Jim Grobe's outfit have looked absolutely terrible.
Texas 35-34 Loss
TCU 62-22 Loss
Oklahoma 45-24 Loss
Kansas State 42-21 Loss
Texas Tech 54-35 Loss
The weight of the allegations seems to be finally catching up to Baylor football as they are being blown-out on a regular basis.
The Bears have been outscored by a 238-136 margin, including a minus-101 point-differential in the past four games. They face West Virginia on Saturday.
Heading into May, Baylor looked to have the best recruiting class in the history of the program, but the majority decided to leave after Briles was fired. That trickle-down affect has only magnified for the 2017 recruiting class, as there is now just one player still committed to the Bears. Just over 91 miles down the road from the Baylor campus sits Texas A&M, which currently has 23 players committed for the class of 2017.
Here's who has decommitted from Baylor's 2017 recruiting class:
Kedrick James (TE) 4-star TE Alabama
Jayden Peevy (DT) 3-star 58th DT Texas A&M
Donovan Stiner (S) 3-star 69th S Houston
Hezekiah Jones (WR) 4-star 18th WR Texas A&M
Noah Daniels (DB) 3-star Undeclared
The only player remaining is 3-star safety Jalen Pitre from Stafford, Texas.
The dilemma is, without a coach in place for next season, Baylor will not get a whiff of 3+star recruits right now. The whole process of removing Briles and Kenneth Starr has created a domino-effect that instead of being given the "Death Penalty", they've been given the "Slow-Death Penalty"
Baylor's future looks bleak.
Carousel of Coaches
Interim head coach Jim Grobe already announced to the surprise of no one, he's not interested in returning for the 2017 season,
The Baylor coaching search first centered on Tom Herman, but the former Houston man left the Cougars program for a lucrative deal with Texas.
SMU's head coach Chad Morris was considered to be the next top candidate in line as he has had great success at the high school level in Texas.
Travis Haney of 247 Sports reported Monday that Morris and Baylor are moving away from each other due to the Mustangs coach's high salary demands. Most feel Morris would rather have the Texas A&M job should Kevin Sumlin be dismissed.
Other names under consideration is North Carolina's Larry Fedora, Cal's Sonny Dykes, and Colorado's Mike MacIntyre. It's hard to imagine either of those three men leaving their current situation for the uncertainty surrounding the Baylor program.
Liberty University hired former Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw as its new AD, announcing the move at a Monday press conference. McCaw served as Baylor’s athletic director from Sept. 2003 until May 2016.
An investigation by law firm Pepper Hamilton uncovered “institutional failures” in the way the school and athletic department handled sexual assault cases.
McCaw resigned in May in the aftermath of the Title IX sexual assault scandal that also led to the firing of head football coach Art Briles.
Last week Baylor settled a lawsuit with two women who reported being gang-raped by football players in 2012.
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