Former Baylor head football coach Art Briles and former athletic director Ian McCaw knew about an alleged group sexual assault and chose not to report it, according to a statement issued yesterday by the university. This confirmation also indicates that the assistant coaches who spoke out last week in defense of Briles weren’t being truthful about his role in the scandal.
Details of who knew what, and when, remain difficult to come by; there is no written report of the university’s investigation into the scandal. The university fired Briles and forced McCaw to resign in May, after the investigation’s initial findings of fact showed “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,” among other faults. But for months, no specific information beyond that vague language was made available by either the university or the law firm behind the investigation, Pepper Hamilton.
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