Baylor University president Ken Starr issued a statement last night, recommending that the school retain outside counsel to conduct its investigation into the handling of former football player Sam Ukwuachu, who was convicted of rape last week and has had controversy surround just why he was allowed at Baylor to begin with ever since.
The Dallas Morning News issued Starr’s statement, which was as follows:
“We must guarantee there is no room at Baylor University for those who would perpetrate sexual violence on our campus. I want to thank Jeremy Counseller, Professor of Law and Faculty Athletics Representative, for his judgment and guidance. After reviewing the results of his internal inquiry, I am recommending that our Board of Regents retain the services of outside counsel to investigate thoroughly these matters and recommend continued improvements. The Board plans to announce its selection of outside counsel early next week.
“In addition, I am creating a unique position, housed in the Division of Athletics, that has the authority and oversight of all student-athlete behavior. This officer-level position will report directly to the President and ensure our student-athletes maintain the high level of personal ethics and integrity that Baylor Nation demands. I will work directly with the Board of Regents to formulate the specific responsibilities of this position.
“Baylor University is committed to maintaining the highest degree of campus safety to protect the welfare of all our students. This is central to Baylor’s mission as a Christian university and at the heart of our commitment to our students, faculty and staff. We must have zero tolerance for sexual violence on our athletic teams and our campus.”
It was revealed during Ukwuachu’s trial that he had often physically abused his then-girlfriend while at Boise State University, and Baylor coach Art Briles said that he had no idea about his now-former player’s violent history. Oppositely, former Boise State coach Chris Petersen, now at Washington, has claimed he gave Briles the full rundown regarding Ukwuachu’s behavior.
Either way, President Starr is making the right decision in retaining outside counsel, as it thus eliminates all suspicion of a potential coverup.
As more information regarding the investigation comes to light, Campus Sports will update this story.
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