Baylor University announces leadership changes and extensive corrective actions following findings of external investigation

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WACO, Tx.- Baylor University is making changes to its athletic and academic leadership in the wake of a sexual assault scandal involving numerous football players.

In the past several months, the world’s largest Baptist college has faced criticism of not doing enough to investigate reports of rapes of female students by its male athletes.

The school announced Thursday it has suspended coach Art Briles with intent to terminate him after eight seasons.

In addition, the school president, Ken Starr has been removed as president and will transition to the role of chancellor; he remains a professor at the Baylor law school.

Dr. David Garland has been named interim university president. Athletic director Ian McCaw has been sanctioned and placed on probation.

A report from Pepper Hamilton, an outside law firm hired by Baylor last fall, found the school “failed to take appropriate action to respond to reports of sexual assault and dating violence reportedly committed by football players. The choices made by football staff and athletics leadership, in some instances, posed a risk to campus safety and the integrity of the University.”