Long-time coach Art Briles has been fired by Baylor University over sexual assault scandals. The convictions and allegations were enough to erase Briles’ brilliant coaching record.
Pepper Hamilton, the school’s law firm representative, has deemed that the coach had “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,” USA Today quotes.
Two of Briles’ players went under for sexual assault. Another one is undergoing investigation.
During the Big 12 coaches’ teleconference, Briles told the media that he was concerned when these issues hounded his team and that they did their best to support their athletes and train them on how to handle themselves in situations.
Baylor University went ahead of the NCAA to clean its athletic department of erring staff starting with Coach Art Briles.
Ken Starr was relieved of his position as president but remained as a professor of the Baylor law school. Athletic director Ian McCaw has also been given a sanction due to the incident.
After news broke out that the coach will be fired on top of the suspension, Coach Art Briles is said to have sent a farewell message in the form of a text message.
— Jessica Morrey (@JessicaMorrey) May 26, 2016
However, the move to fire the coach as a matter of disciplinary action backfired on the Baylor Bears team.
ESPN reports that top player Kedrick James backed out of his commitment with the Baylor Bears. He sent out a tweet thanking Coach Briles and the staff.
Due to the departure of Coach Briles, I'd like to open my recruiting and decommit from Baylor. Thank u Baylor staff esp Coach Lebby & Bedell
— Kedrick James (@kedrickjames044) May 26, 2016
After eight successful seasons, Briles brought the team to a pair of Big 12 Championships. However, university officials did not see the top 3 officials of the athletics team as irreplaceable.