A Comprehensive Timeline of Scandal, Cover-Ups and Failure at Baylor
More than 10 years ago, Baylor — a small, private Baptist university in the middle of Texas — found itself at the epicenter of scandal when one basketball player murdered a teammate.
This involved guns, drugs, lies, a coach covering up details, and ultimately, the NCAA sanctioning the Bears with some of the harshest penalties of that time.
Fast-forward to this week when Baylor announced it would suspend with the intention of firing it’s $6 million, ultra-successful head football coach Art Briles in the wake of an investigation of countless sexual assaults involving players in his program.
For years, numerous players at Baylor have been accused of sexually assaulting women while their team was winning games and becoming not just a powerhouse in the Big 12, but a consistent contender for the College Football Playoff due in part to Briles’ high-powered offense.
But last fall after former Bears defensive end Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of sexually assaulting a former Baylor soccer player and sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years’ probation — he was later released after a little more than two months on a $100,000 appeal bond — the university decided to take action. In September, Baylor hired Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP to conduct an independent external investigation into the school’s handling of alleged sexual violence incidents.
Eight months later, Pepper Hamilton presented its findings and recommendations to Baylor’s Board of Regents and they made the decision to fire Briles.
Below is a timeline of some highs and a lot of lows that have occurred at Baylor in the last 13 years.