As Baylor University awaits the report of the investigation regarding the school’s response to alleged sexual assaults by students, specifically Baylor football players, the school has cut ties with head football coach Art Briles and fired him, ESPN reports. Both Briles and the athletic director have been under fire because of complaints that their actions in response to the sexual assaults have been not been enough. ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported that Baylor officials, some from the football team, knew about the assaults and domestic violence accusations against women, but players accused did not miss playing time.
Briles was head coach for 8 seasons, bringing Baylor back into competition and bowl games, even as he was criticized for recruiting players who were previously dismissed by former schools.
Baylor president Ken Starr’s job is also reportedly on the line as part of this scandal and how the school handled the rape and assault reports, with some reports saying the Baylor Board had voted to terminate him.