Art Briles exonerated, Baylor receives no major penalties from NCAA in response to sexual assault scandal


The attorney for former Baylor coach Art Briles said Wednesday’s release of the NCAA’s findings into the Baylor sexual misconduct cases has exonerated Briles.

The NCAA’s Committee on Infractions found Baylor had not violated NCAA rules when it failed to report allegations of sexual and interpersonal violence on its campus.

Not long after those findings were released, Briles’ attorney, Scott Tompsett, released the following statement:

“My client Art Briles has been completely exonerated and cleared of all NCAA violations alleged against him. As the NCAA Committee on Infractions explained, the conduct at issue was pervasive and widespread throughout the Baylor campus, and it was condoned or ignored by the highest levels of Baylor’s leadership. The NCAA’s decision clears the way for Mr. Briles to return to coaching college football.”

Baylor was embroiled in controversy after a number of football players were accused of sexual assault or rape, and athletic officials were slow to react. According to CBS Sports, in 2016, university regents said that 19 former football players were accused of sexual or domestic assault by 17 women from 2011-16 and that four of those accusations involved gang rapes. A 2017 lawsuit against the university from victims allege the numbers were much higher, upwards of 31 players and 52 incidents of rape.

Briles was removed in 2016 after athletic officials were slow to react.
Briles was 65-37 in eight seasons at Baylor. Widely regarded as one of the top offensive minds in college football, he coached the Bears to Big 12 championships in 2013 and 2014 and recorded 10 or more wins in three of his last four years.

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