Baylor University fires football coach amid sex assault scandal

Following sexual assault complaints linked to the school’s football players, Baylor University’s board of regents announced Thursday that it will fire coach Art Briles and demote Kenneth Starr, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

In a written statement released Thursday, the Baptist university’s board of regents said it “apologizes to the Baylor Nation” and announced that David Garland would serve as the university’s interim president, replacing Starr who would become chancellor.

“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, in the statement.

“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 statement came after an independent investigation concluded that there was a “fundamental failure by Baylor to implement Title IX.”

The board fired Briles, effective immediately, according to the statement, and on May 31, Starr would begin to serve as chancellor. And the board said it would review the last three academic years’ worth of cases involving violence “to offer remedies, identify any current need for investigation, or isolate any broad pattern or cultural implications,” the board statement said.

Editor’s Note: The post has been updated to correct spelling.