Big 12 football recruiting: team-by-team report, rankings

Team-by-team Big 12 recruiting analysis, arranged in order of 247Sports composite national rankings:

TEXAS LONGHORNS

National rank: 3

Easily Texas’ best class since 2012. Only Georgia and Ohio State did better. It’s the first time Texas has out-recruited Alabama since 2010. Tom Herman pulled it off by running the SEC, and everyone else, out of the state. The Longhorns signed the top five players on the American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 list of top state recruits, seven of the top 10 and 10 of the top 15. There are a near-record 17 Fab 55 honorees in the 27-man group. … Texas’ 17 four-star recruits are second nationally to Ohio State’s 20. … Texas had lost the title of DBU to several other programs in recent years, but this class could go a long way toward restoring it. The four highest-rated Longhorns recruits — led by five-star safeties Caden Sterns and B.J. Foster — are DBs. … Late addition Joshua Moore highlights a group of three high-end, four-star WRs. … The only nit to pick involves the defensive line, although the signing-day additions of DTs Keondre Coburn and Moro Ojomo help. … Look for Keaontay Ingram to rather quickly brush aside the competition at RB.

Midway’s Tanner Mordecai scrambles away from Lake Travis’ Jayden Hutchings (13), Mateo Lopez (11) and Patrick Medina (9). Mordecai was Oklahoma’s only quarterback signee. Photo by Jay Plotkin

OKLAHOMA SOONERS

National rank: 9

Lincoln Riley’s first recruiting class, 22 players strong, was an enormous success, easing fans’ fears after Bob Stoops’ departure. Riley looks like quite the closer in regards to defensive linemen. On Wednesday, the Sooners secured the nation’s No. 4 DT Michael Thompson, one of their five additions on the second signing day. On Dec. 20, the initial signing day, they grabbed U.S. Army All-American Ronnie Perkins, the nation’s No. 5 DE. Both are from St. Louis. … OU hauled in six consensus top-100 players, starting with 6-foot-7, 320-pound OT Brey Walker, a five-star talent. … Four Fab 55 players are included: OLB DaShaun White (No. 19), who flipped from Texas A&M; WR Jaquaylin Crawford (No. 20); OT Darrell Simpson (No. 32); and QB Tanner Mordecai (No. 35) of Waco Midway. … Thompson, Perkins, Walker and White should see playing time in short order. … Eight players are from Texas, six from Oklahoma and four from Florida.

TCU HORNED FROGS

National rank: 25

Gary Patterson reeled in arguably his best recruiting class, yet it ended with a thud. The Horned Frogs had hoped for a late push but saw things breaking the wrong way as several hopefuls made late announcements to go elsewhere. The Frogs, with just five additions in a 22-man group, fell from 20th after the first signing period, yet they remained third in the Big 12. … Justin Rogers, the No. 2 dual-threat QB in the country, is TCU’s highest-rated signee ever, though the Bossier City, La., star missed most of his senior season with a knee injury. … The three Fab 55 players are: WR Tevailance Hunt (No. 21); CB Trevon Moehrig-Woodard (No. 27); and S Atanza Vongor (No. 40). … Two Austin-area talents in the class are Manor DE Ochaun Mathis and Wimberley OL Ian Burnette. … The Frogs thrived along the OL and struggled along the DL. … Late misses included WR JaMarr Chase (LSU) and OLB Aaron Brule (Mississippi State).

BAYLOR BEARS

National rank: 29

Matt Rhule’s first full recruiting cycle produced a major uptick. Although the Bears fell seven spots in the 247Sports composite team rankings from their lofty Dec. 20 perch, their highly regarded 22-man class is a unqualifed win for the program. No other team with anything approaching a 1-11 record flirted with the top 25. … The one player Baylor added Wednesday was OG Johncarlo Valentin, the No. 1 junior college recruit at his position. Rhule had ties to the Philadelphia native as a high schooler, when he was a four-star recruit. … QB Gerry Bohanon is the headliner. The No. 1 player from Arkansas chose the Bears over Auburn, Oregon, North Carolina, Louisville and Arkansas. … The three Fab 55 players are: RB Craig Williams (No. 46); WR Joshua Fleeks (No. 51): and WR Kalon Barnes (No. 52). … WR BJ Hanspard, son of former Texas Tech great Byron Hanspard, is the 30th best player in the state according to 247Sports composite.

OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS

National rank: 33

Another Big 12 program that basically had its class set Dec. 20, OSU made only two additions and therefore lost six spots in the composite ratings. … The Cowboys rounded out their group with DE Amadou Fofana and DT Samuela Tuihalamaka, both three stars. Those two received little attention from Power Five programs. … Skill-position talent was desperately needed with record-setters Mason Rudolph and James Washington leaving. It was addressed with OSU’s two highest-rated signees: QB Spencer Sanders and WR C.J. Moore. Sanders of Denton Ryan was the Gatorade Texas Player of the Year after finishing with 3,845 yards and 54 TDs passing and 1,380 yards and 16 TDs rushing. The 6-5 Moore fell just short of five-star status. … The Pokes signed four OL prospects who are 6-5 or taller. … DE Braden Cassity of Westlake is one to watch, though he probably needs some time to bulk up.

WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS

National rank: 34

Not only did WVU round up one of its better classes, it did it without relying on junior college players; only five of 22 signees are transfers. The additions Wednesday were brothers Joe and Mike Brown, both offensive linemen. Joe is a transfer from Miami; Mike de-committed from Kansas. They should get chances to play because the guard position has been thinned out. … DE Dante Stills, son of former Mountaineers linebacker Gary Stills, is a consensus four star, as is DB Kwantel Raines, the No. 7 player from Pennsylvania. … WVU dropped four spots in the final rankings. … The Mountaineers win the Big 12’s most traveled award, picking off players from 12 states, including four from Georgia.

IOWA STATE CYCLONES

National rank: 52

The Cyclones posted their highest finish in 247Sports history and were one of the few conference teams to move up, rising four spots in the national rankings from the first signing day. The crown jewel Wednesday was Brock Purdy, a late-blooming QB from Arizona who had offers from Alabama, Texas A&M and Central Florida among others. … ISU also signed speedy Georgia WR Tayvonn Kyle, fending off West Virginia, Maryland and Purdue. … The top recruit is four-star WR Joseph Scates, the No. 8 player from Ohio. … Dual-threat QB Re-al Mitchell, from California power St. John Bosco, is an exciting addition. … Sean Shaw Jr., a 6-6 wideout, snagged 40 TD passes for his career. … Eleven states were represented overall.

KANSAS JAYHAWKS

National rank: 64

When you’re 3-33 overall and 1-26 in league play but still have a job, you’re desperate for immediate help. David Beaty knows he needs to approach .500 this year or else. So he signed 11 junior college players, topped by DEs Najee Stevens-McKenzie and Azur Kamara. … The Jayhawks lured their first Rivals top-100 player in school history, CB Corione Harris of New Orleans. RB Anthony Williams of Boutte, La., is a second consensus four-star get. … Rockdale QB Torry Locklin is fresh off a Class 3A, Division I state-title season in which he rolled up nearly 5,000 total yards and 57 TDs. … KU may have a sleeper in ILB Kenny Bastida, a Floridian who drew late interest from Missouri, North Carolina and South Carolina.

KANSAS STATE WILDCATS

National rank: 68

It’s a pretty typical Bill Snyder class, finding under-recruited diamonds in the rough and players who fit the system. Seven pieces were added Wednesday. The name that stands out is WR Hunter Rison, a transfer from Michigan State who is the son of former NFL star Andre Rison. … CB Darreyl Patterson, one of five junior college players, is plenty good enough to have a shot at early playing time. … Snyder usually redshirts nearly all his high school signees, but safeties Lance Robinson and Wayne Jones could be exceptions. … The Wildcats were the only Big 12 school to sign a fullback, Luke Sowa. … There are five players from Texas and Kansas and four from Georgia in the 21-man class.

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS

National rank: 74

With the basketball team ranked an all-time high seventh in the nation, maybe Tech fans won’t fret over their football class being the lowest-rated among all Power Five programs. They added five players to a group that plummeted 16 places from Dec. 20 and ended up trailing schools like Florida International and Tulane. … Houston Lamar scatback Ta’Zhawn Henry is the best of Wednesday’s additions. … Hard to fathom, but 13 of the 17 signees play offense. Not a recipe to fix a perennially weak defense. … QB Alan Bowman is an excellent prospect and threw for 11,393 yards and 119 TDs in his Grapevine career. … Four of the top players are wide receivers, naturally. Leading the way is four-star Erik Ezukanma. … Tech landed two locals: Burnet WR Sterling Galban and New Braunfels OT Weston Wright.

Baylor’s Rhule lauds former Lake Travis QB Charlie Brewer

Former Lake Travis High School star Charlie Brewer accepts the state championship game offensive MVP honors from the UIL’s Susan Elza. (Photo by Jay Plotkin)

Charlie Brewer, the best player in the state of Texas last high school football season and a national record holder, is turning heads at Baylor, his new school.

Brewer graduated early and is enrolled at Baylor for the spring. He’s currently going through spring drills, vying for playing time behind Zach Smith, who ended the season as the Bears starter, and Anu Solomon, a transfer from Arizona.

Under new coach Matt Rhule, Baylor is installing a new offense that will have some up-tempo elements as well as a physical, pro-style attack.

Rhule talked to the media Wednesday and brought up Brewer’s name when he was asked about freshman receiver R.J. Sneed. Like Sneed, Brewer already was committed to another school when Rhule was hired in December. Sneed had been a pledge to Mississippi, Brewer to SMU.

Rhule said: “He and Charlie Brewer, they should be at the prom right now, they should be sitting in like homeroom right now. They are really mentally and physically light years ahead of where you would think a kid would be at that time. … They’re high character kids, they’ve spent a lot of time at football.”

Rhule said that Brewer and Smith are always spotted together at the football complex.

Brewer, who led his team to the state championship, was selected as high school player of the year by the Associated Press Sports Editors. His single-season completion percentage of 77.4 broke a national record, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. Brewer threw for more than 3,900 yards and rushed for more than 700.

 

 

 

 

 

Big 12 will dock Baylor 25 percent of revenue pending outcome of review

From the Big 12 Conference:

The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors voted unanimously to withhold one-quarter (25 percent) of future revenue distribution payments to Baylor University, pending the outcome of third-party verification review of required changes to Baylor’s athletics procedures and to institutional governance of its intercollegiate athletics programs, among other matters.

In this Dec. 5, 2015, file photo, Baylor helmets on shown the field after an NCAA college football game in Waco, Texas. Baylor University will look to rebuild its reputation and perhaps its football program after an outside review found administrators mishandled allegations of sexual assault and the team operated under the perception it was above the rules. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
In this Dec. 5, 2015, file photo, Baylor helmets on shown the field after an NCAA college football game in Waco, Texas. Baylor University will look to rebuild its reputation and perhaps its football program after an outside review found administrators mishandled allegations of sexual assault and the team operated under the perception it was above the rules. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

“The Board is unified in establishing a process to verify that proper institutional controls are in place and sustainable,” said University of Oklahoma president and Big 12 Conference Board of Directors chairman David Boren. “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 Board vote and will be responsible for all associated costs.

Statement from Baylor Interim President David E. Garland

Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland statement on Big 12 Board action today:

“Upon learning the scope and scale of the troubling incidents that occurred within our campus community through an independent investigation, Baylor University took unprecedented corrective actions that led to leadership changes within the University administration and athletic department and 105 recommendations to strengthen the safety and security of our students. No other university in the country has responded as aggressively and decisively as Baylor regarding incidents of sexual assaults on its campus.

“Under the University’s new leadership, Baylor has demonstrated a firm commitment to athletics compliance and integrity, increased awareness and prevention of sexual assault, implementation of Title IX best practices and providing comprehensive support services for any student in need of them. Baylor already had planned to hire an outside auditor to audit the implementation of our enhanced practices, and we welcome the Big 12 Conference’s request of an independent review. 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. We pledge our full cooperation, and we will work with the Big 12 Conference to conduct the audit as expeditiously as possible.

“This third-party review at the request of the Big 12 Conference 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.”

More details soon.

UPDATE: Another Baylor coaching target out of mix

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 21: Head coach Jeff Brohm of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers looks on during the 2015 Miami Beach Bowl against the South Florida Bulls at Marlins Park on December 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Purdue officially announced that it has hired Western Kentucky’s Jeff Brohm, who had been a candidate for Baylor’s opening.

EARLIER: Western Kentucky’s Jeff Brohm has accepted the Purdue job. That’s according to multiple reports.

Baylor had talked to Brohm, who led his team to consecutive Conference USA titles, about its opening over the weekend.

Brohm, the former NFL journeyman quarterback, had emerged as a top name for several openings, including Baylor, Purdue and Cincinnati. He runs a wide-open offense, which was appealing to a program like Baylor.

Baylor officials also had talked with SMU’s Chad Morris and inquired about hiring Houston’s Tom Herman before Herman took the Texas job.

Other Baylor coaching options include California’s Sonny Dykes and two former Bears assistants, Tulsa’s Phil Montgomery and Syracuse’s Dino Babers. Both worked for former coach Art Briles, who was fired May 26th. Montgomery left Baylor for Tulsa in December, 2014, and Babers took a job as head coach at Eastern Illinois in December, 2011. Babers also was an offensive coordinator at Texas A&M in 2001-02.

Dykes is a Texas Tech graduate and also runs an up tempo offense. His dad, Spike Dykes, is a Red Raiders coaching icon.

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to say that Purdue has hired Jeff Brohm.

 

 

 

Big-money Baylor alums demand new ‘independent’ investigation of sexual assault cases

October 15, 2016: Full stadium during the game between Baylor University and Kansas at McLane Stadium in Waco, TX (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

A group of powerful Baylor alums demanded Monday that the school’s board of regents hire a new firm to interview all sides to determine what happened when sexual assault charges were made against football players and other students.

The group also wants the investigation to review the conduct of the regents and the school’s administrators.

Several members of the Bears for Leadership Reform met Monday morning with three Baylor regents to discuss a new investigation. The meeting was described as “spirited.”

John Eddie Williams, a lawyer and spokesman for the reform group, said he and others would donate money to help offset the costs of a new investigation, which he estimated could come with at least a $1 million price tag. The field at McLane Stadium is named for Williams, who has told the American-Statesman he has given “millions and millions of dollars” to the school.

Williams said the group also wants to know how much the school paid for the Philadelphia firm Pepper Hamilton to conduct the initial investigation, which culminated in the firing of school president Ken Starr and football coach Art Briles. Athletic director Ian McCaw was reprimanded and he chose to resign days later.

The Pepper Hamilton report studied how Baylor reacted when athletes and other students were accused of sexual assault. The report found that the football team believed itself to be above the law.

Williams said Monday that it was confirmed that no accused athletes were interviewed as part of the Pepper Hamilton report.

The reform group also continues to question why there is no written record of the Pepper Hamilton report.

Williams said in the meeting Monday that the regents were asked how much the school has paid in overall settlements and why the board took a secrecy oath in regards to the report. He also questioned why anyone who was fired with cause would be given a settlement. Briles agreed to a multi-million dollar buyout of his contract this summer.

Drayton McLane, whose name is on the football stadium, attended the meeting Monday morning, but couldn’t speak at the press conference because of a previous engagement. McLane, the former owner of the Houston Astros, is the biggest benefactor to Baylor in school history.

Former Texas Gov. Mark White and former Baylor regent Randy Ferguson represented the reform group along with Williams during Monday’s press conference.

 

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Ex-Baylor student says Art Briles, other staff knew she was assaulted

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 27: Devin Chafin #28 of the Baylor Bears watches the replay against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 27, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
FORT WORTH, TX – NOVEMBER 27: Devin Chafin #28 of the Baylor Bears watches the replay against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 27, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Former Baylor student Dolores Lozano told sports journalist Joe Schad that ex-Baylor running back Devin Chafin assaulted her three times and that multiple coaches knew about it, including deposed head coach Art Briles and current assistant Jeff Lebby.

Schad wrote in a Facebook post that according to a statement of facts prepared by Lozano’s attorneys, Chafin “slapped,” “kicked,” “slammed Lozano against the wall,” and “choked Lozano until she lost feeling in her body,” in March of 2014.

Lozano, who dated Chafin, states in April of 2014, Chafin “slammed” her against a vehicle.
Later in April of 2014, Lozano alleges Chafin “forcibly and aggressively grabbed” her and “slammed” her “to he ground.”

Schad, who worked for ESPN until recently, said Lozano provided him multiple photos that she also gave to the police, allegedly taken at the time of the incidents. The photos appear to show large bruises on her left arm and shoulder.

Lozano told Schad she exchanged text messages with Lebby about the alleged incident, while trying to decide if she should go to Waco police. She also said “Chafin’s mom urged her “not to report the issue to police.”

Lozano said she went to LaPrise Williams, Baylor acrobatics and tumbling coach at the time of the alleged incidents, and that Williams reported it to her supervisor, Nancy Post, and also to Baylor Chaplain Wes Yeary and councilors.

Briles reportedly was told of the alleged assaults and warned Chafin to “stay away” from Lozano.

Lozano said Chafin did not even face a formal student judiciary hearing.

She said she took the allegations to Waco Police in April, 2014, but Chafin was allowed to play afterward.

“Baylor turned their backs to what was going on,” Ricky Patel, Lozano’s attorney, told Schad. “The University is a place where people are supposed to feel safe. When something like this happens, it breaks your trust.”

Chafin, who rushed for 1,256 career yards and 21 touchdowns, was recently dismissed by Baylor after being charged with marijuana possession.

Lozana plans to file aa Title IX lawsuit against Baylor, an action others already have reportedly taken.

For more coverage of the Baylor sex scandal:

6 key findings from the Pepper-Hamilton report

Baylor head football coach Art Briles talks to the media during the first day of spring football drills, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Waco, Texas. The school announced Briles' dismissal Thursday. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald via AP)
Baylor head football coach Art Briles talks to the media during the first day of spring football drills, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Waco, Texas. The school announced Briles’ dismissal Thursday. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald via AP)

In the wake of how Baylor University responded to sexual assaults on campus, the university hired the outside law firm Pepper Hamilton in August 2015 to investigate policies, cases and internal school communication. The firm’s report, which was released online Thursdays, found evidence that the school and the athletics department created a “cultural perception that football was above the rules.” Because of these findings, Baylor officials fired head football coach Art Briles and put its athletics director, Ian McCaw, on indefinite probation.

We present six key findings in the Pepper-Hamilton report released by Baylor this morning:

Baylor administrators encouraged victims to not report complaints

“Pepper (Hamilton) also found examples of actions by University administrators that directly discouraged complainants from reporting or participating in student conduct processes, or that contributed to or accommodated a hostile environment. In one instance, those actions constituted retaliation against a complainant for reporting sexual assault.”

Football program “was above the rules”

“Leadership challenges and communications issues hindered enforcement of rules and policies, and created a cultural perception that football was above the rules.”

Athletics failed to report alleged sexual assaults to school admins

“In certain instances, including reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, athletics and football personnel affirmatively chose not to report sexual violence and dating violence to an appropriate administrator outside of athletics. In those instances, football coaches or staff met directly with a complainant and/or a parent of a complainant and did not report the misconduct.”

Football staff conducted own inquiries, discredited complainants

“Football staff conducted their own untrained internal inquiries, outside of policy, which improperly discredited complainants and denied them the right to a fair, impartial and informed investigation, interim measures or processes promised under University policy.”

Football staff diverted cases from criminal processes

“Football coaches and staff took affirmative steps to maintain internal control over discipline of players and to actively divert cases from the student conduct or criminal processes.”

Potential transfers were not properly vetted by school

Baylor did not consistently conduct due diligence with respect to potential transfers. In at least one identified instance, the process reflected a failure to conduct appropriate due diligence and assessment of risk regarding past criminal or student conduct and an affirmative decision not to seek additional information about an athlete’s prior criminal or student conduct records.

 

 

‘Injustice’: Baylor football players tweet displeasure with Art Briles’ firing

Earlier this week, the only name on college football fans’ lips was “Ken Starr,” as rumors swirled of the Baylor University president’s firing in response to the school’s sexual assault scandal. On Thursday, that whirlpool abruptly changed directions, as news broke of the ultimate coaching staff shakeup: Art Briles is out.

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2015, file photo, Baylor coach Art Briles yells from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Lamar in Waco, Texas. Baylor University's board of regents says it will fire Briles and re-assign university President Kenneth Starr in response to questions about its handling of sexual assault complaints against players. The university said in a statement Thursday, May 26, 2016, that it had suspended Briles "with intent to terminate." Starr will leave the position of president on May 31, but the school says he will serve as chancellor. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
FILE – In this Sept. 12, 2015, file photo, Baylor coach Art Briles yells from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Lamar in Waco, Texas. Baylor University’s board of regents says it will fire Briles and re-assign university President Kenneth Starr in response to questions about its handling of sexual assault complaints against players. The university said in a statement Thursday, May 26, 2016, that it had suspended Briles “with intent to terminate.” Starr will leave the position of president on May 31, but the school says he will serve as chancellor. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

The school said in a statement that it was “horrified” at what was revealed in an independent investigation report from law firm Pepper Hamilton. The resulting personnel changes announced Thursday went all the way to the top, but according to the university, Starr is sticking around, albeit not as university president.

SEE PHOTOS OF ART BRILES THROUGH THE YEARS

And even before the official word came from Baylor University officials, the school’s football team had already expressed hard feelings about head coach Briles’ ouster.

Baylor linebacker Taylor Young was among the most vocal on Twitter.

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Outside the locker room, the conversation predictably went many different ways, from satisfaction over the coach’s exit …

… to shock …

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… to disappointment.

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But a consistent thread across social media was asking, “What’s next?”

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Watch the video below to learn what could be next for the Baylor football program.

UPDATED: Art Briles suspended, athletic director on probation, Ken Starr moved to chancellor

Baylor head football coach Art Briles talks to the media during the first day of spring football drills, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Waco, Texas. The school announced Briles' dismissal Thursday. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald via AP)
Baylor head football coach Art Briles talks to the media during the first day of spring football drills, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Waco, Texas. The school announced Briles’ dismissal Thursday. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald via AP)

UPDATED: The Baylor Board of Regents announced Thursday that football coach Art Briles has been suspended, but with “an intent to terminate.”

Athletic director Ian McCaw was placed on probation and school president Ken Starr would be moved to chancellor.

RELATED: ‘Injustice’: Baylor football players tweet displeasure with Art Briles’ firing

The school said in a statement that it was “horrified” at the extent of the sexual assault charges.

“We were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus. This investigation revealed the University’s mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive and caring environment for students,” said Richard Willis, chair of the Baylor Board of Regents. “The depth to which these acts occurred shocked and outraged us. Our students and their families deserve more, and we have committed our full attention to improving our processes, establishing accountability and ensuring appropriate actions are taken to support former, current and future students.”

The Pepper Hamilton report found:

“In addition to broader University failings, Pepper found specific failings within both the football program and Athletics Department leadership, including a failure to identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player, to take action in response to reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, and to take action in response to a report of dating violence. Pepper’s findings also reflect significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylor’s football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of athlete misconduct.”
You can read the report here. Recommendations can be found here.
Briles, 60, earned $5.3 million in base pay last year. He was hired in 2008 to resurrect a moribund program. The Bears won the Big 12 in 2013 and were co-champions in 2014. Baylor ranked as high as second nationally last fall.

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UPDATED: There still is no official word from Baylor confirming the news that football coach Art Briles has been terminated.

But Briles’ official Twitter account was deactivated at about 11 a.m.

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EARLIER: Several outlets are reporting that Baylor has dismissed coach Art Briles and that his players have been informed.

Baylor linebacker Taylor Young is posting on social media that he will refuse to play unless the school reinstates  Briles.

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EARLIER: Baylor is planning to release the findings of an independent review today that will detail how the school handled sexual assault allegations made against its players over the past five years.

 

Baylor hired the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton last September to study how it handled allegations.

As buzz grew that school president Ken Starr would be fired, the school said earlier this week that it would announce its findings by June 3.

The school has come under national scrutiny since August as allegations of sexual assault against its football players continued to surface.

Former Baylor players Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu, both defensive ends, were imprisoned after being convicted of rape. Defensive end Shawn Oakman was charged with sexual assault last month. Tight end Tre’Von Armstead was expelled from school after it determined that he had sex with a student too inebriated to give consent.

Elliott was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2014. Prosecutors said he raped five women. Ukwuachu, a transfer from Boise State who never played for Baylor, was sentenced in August to 180 days in a state jail.

Oakman, who set Baylor’s career record for sacks, was charged in April after a woman said he raped her after the two met at a Waco nightclub. He was arrested days before the NFL draft and was not selected.

Then ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” uncovered Waco police reports that detailed investigations of three more players, although charges were never filed. The players were accused of domestic assault.

The school has settled one lawsuit filed by one of the victims. A second suit was filed earlier this year by a woman who contends that the school failed to protect her.

The regents received a preliminary briefing two weeks ago about a report from Pepper Hamilton, a Philadelphia law firm the school hired last fall to conduct an independent review of how it has handled the allegations.

Last week, the Texas attorney general’s office ordered the Baylor campus police department to release certain records pertaining to its sexual assault investigations. A year ago, the Texas Legislature ordered that records from police departments of private universities across the state to be subject to public information laws.