Report: Formal NCAA notice of allegations sent to Baylor

Ryan YoungYahoo Sports Contributor
The NCAA has completed its investigation into Baylor amid the massive sexual assault scandal surrounding the university and the football program, and has sent a formal notice of allegations to the school. (Getty Images)
The NCAA has completed its investigation into Baylor amid the massive sexual assault scandal surrounding the university and the football program, and has sent a formal notice of allegations to the school. (Getty Images)

The NCAA has finally completed its lengthy investigation into Baylor University and has sent the school a formal notice of allegations, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Former coach Art Briles is among those at Baylor alleged to have committed NCAA violations, which fall under “Head Coach Responsibility: Failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance,” per the report. The NCAA, among other things, is alleging a “lack of institutional control,” too. 

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Baylor and the NCAA declined to comment to the Star-Telegram.

Baylor has had dozens of sexual assault accusations at the university in recent years, many of which involve the football program under Briles. One lawsuit, which has since been settled, alleged that 52 acts of rape by 31 football players occurred at the school between 2011 and 2014. The scandal has led to the filing of 10 Title IX lawsuits.

The school hired the law firm Pepper Hamilton to investigate its handlings of many of the sexual assault allegations at Baylor, which found “specific failings within both the football program and athletic department leadership.” It also said there were “significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylor’s football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of student-athlete misconduct.”

Both Briles and president Ken Starr were fired in the wake of the massive scandal, and athletic director Ian McCaw resigned. Briles is currently coaching an American football team in Italy, but could be subject to a NCAA show-cause penalty.

Once Baylor issues a response to the official allegations, which it has 90 days to do, the NCAA will have 60 days to respond.

Per the report, Baylor is also investigating allegations that former board of regents chairman Richard Willis used offensive language during a private conversation in 2014. He has denied making those comments.

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