Baylor’s head football coach, Art Briles has been fired after 8 years with the program. He has been fired over sexual assault allegations that include several football players. Announced Thursday morning that Briles would be suspended indefinitely with the intent to terminate.
Briles is a coach who completely turned around Baylor’s football program and had visions of working with the NFL, but those dreams may be put to rest after investigations on sexual assault involving his football players. The allegations are too strong for NFL executives to take a chance on Briles in the future.
The victims were discouraged from filling reports of sexual assault at Baylor University according to a statement released by the university.
The statement states, “Actions by University administrators directly discouraged some complainants from reporting or participating in student conduct processes and in one instance constituted retaliation against a complainant for reporting sexual assault.”
These actions by the University and the athletic department forced the departure of Baylor’s President, Kenneth Starr and reprimanding of the Athletic Director, Ian McCaw alongside the suspension of Art Briles.
Sexual assault has been an ongoing problem at the university and when the allegations broke loose, it shocked many people who were blind to what was taking place. Richard Willis, the Board of Regents chairman at Baylor said, “This investigation revealed the University’s mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive, and caring environment for students. The depth to which these acts occurred shocked and outraged us.”
The statement put out by the University showed their worries for the football program. The report stated, “There are significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylor’s football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of student athlete misconduct.”
The allegations on sexual assault involving Baylor’s football players has forced the University to take a big hit and hurt the University as a whole.