Former Baylor AD Ian McCaw says he acted ‘responsibly’ amid sexual assault charges

Former Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw released a statement through his attorney in regard to the report released by Baylor today. In the report, Baylor claims that both McCaw and head coach Art Briles willfully attempted to subdue victims of sexual assault and prevent the assaults from become a police matter.

McCaw, currently the athletic director of Liberty University, a public Christian university in Virginia which provided the statement to reporters.

New statement from Ian McCaw's lawyer, provided to reporters by Liberty University spokesperson

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Aside from claiming that there were no “policies or procedures” in place for handling or reporting allegations of sexual assault, the statement reads mostly as an endorsement of character. It does little to explain why the matter was never reported to police, the obvious course of action for circumstances like these, but goes on at length about what a swell guy he is.

One of the exchanges released between McCaw and Briles:

Briles: “Just talked to (the player) – he said Waco PD was there – said they were going to keep it quiet – wasn’t a set up deal … I’ll get (Colin Shillininglaw) to ck on Sibley (local attorney Jonathan Sibley).”

McCaw: “That would be great if they kept it quiet!”

When asked about this specific instance, the spokesperson for Liberty University responded by saying “no comment for now”.