Baylor president Kenneth Starr, and not football coach Art Briles, is taking the fall for school’s handling of the ongoing crisis of how the school has handled allegations of sexual assault and domestic violence involving Baylor football players.
The Baylor board of regents fired Starr Tuesday, according to Chip Brown of Horns Digest. Brown, citing a source, reports that Starr could be reassigned to a new role in the Baylor law school without having his pay reduced, and another source indicated that Starr might not go quietly.
Starr could also be terminated and paid a settlement, according to Brown.
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A Baylor spokeswoman said the university would not comment on the report.
The crisis has engulfed Baylor for months. Reports of sexual assault have been made against five Baylor football players. Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu were convicted of raping Baylor students. The school has been accused of inaction after at least six Baylor female students reported they were raped or assaulted by Baylor football players from 2009 through April 2016.
The regents made the move to fire Starr, according to Brown, before addressing the findings of the report by the Pepper Hamilton law firm. The firm was hired by Baylor to assess its handling of a series of sexual assault and domestic violence allegations against female students.
ESPN’s Outside the Lines last week detailed more allegations against Baylor football players that had previously gone unreported.
Brown reports Baylor’s senior vice president of operations and chief financial officer Reagan Ramsower, who oversees Baylor’s campus law enforcement, is a leading candidate to succeed Starr on an interim basis.
Citing sources, Brown reports that Briles, who has transformed the Bears from a Big 12 laughingstock to a national contender, will continue on has head coach unless evidence turns up that he was involved in a coverup.
“The feeling is if the board got rid of Art (Briles),” one source told Brown, “they’d be sitting in a $300 million mausoleum instead of that new football stadium.”