The Baylor Bears have had a pretty rough summer this year as the sexual assault scandal has led to the firing of head coach Art Briles and the departure of many top recruits in the 2016 class. Now, the team will meet with the Big 12 this week to discuss the situation in full.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby addressed the issue on Monday and said that the Board of Directors had asked the school for a detailed account of all the findings during the scandal. They had previously been issued only a summary of the Pepper Hamilton report that led to where the Bears are today.
“Our board has asked for a full accounting from Baylor University relative to the sexual assaults and their university’s response to that situation,” Bowlsby said. “I think it’s fair to say that they’re deeply concerned about the associational elements of this. … From a purely athletic standpoint, we also have to be satisfied that there haven’t been Big 12 rules broken and there haven’t been NCAA rules violated. That is the essence of our process, and it’s very early in the process right now.”
The Bears seem to be much more cooperative with the Big 12 after Briles, former athletic director Ian McCaw and former university president Ken Starr seemed reluctant to work with them.
“I thought all of them were very forthright,” Bowlsby told ESPN last week. “They are in the middle of a midst of a number of potential civil actions, and on the advice of counsel, they are not sharing everything they have. At least not right now.”
It is going to be very interesting to see what comes out of this meeting with Baylor and the conference tomorrow.