Baylor Football Coach Art Briles Fired For Mishandling Several Rape Claims Against Players

Art Briles

Baylor University fired Art Briles on Thursday. During his tenure as head football coach, several of his football players were accused of sexual assault. Two have been convicted.  

Briles sent this text to his players. 

Athletic director Ian McCaw also was sanctioned and placed on probation. 

Briles wasn’t the only one who did nothing about Baylor’s sexual assault problems. ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported that Baylor officials knew about the allegations

The entire university pretty much ignored several sexual assault claims. One victim claimed that Baylor was indifferent to her reports. They did not comply with federal regulations to investigate her assault. Another woman said that Briles was aware she was assaulted by a player on two separate occasions. 

She told Outside the Lines, “I’d seen other girls go through it, and nothing ever happened to the football players.”

Former players, Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu, have since been convicted of rape. None of the players missed even a minute of playing time

Tre’Von Armstead and Myke Chatman were named in a sexual assault police report that the school took two years to investigate. Shawn Oakman was arrested in April on one count of sexual assault. Running back Devin Chafin was accused but never charged. 

Elliot played defensive end at Baylor. He was convicted on two counts of sexual assault for assaulting another student at a party. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000 in January 2014.

Five different women told police he attacked them. 

The news of Briles’ firing was first reported by ESPN 1660, and ESPN

Baylor just received the results of an investigation from an independent law firm. It looks at how Baylor responded to sexual assault allegations against football players from several female students. 

“We were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus. This investigation revealed the University’s mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive and caring environment for students,” Richard Willis, chair of the Baylor Board of Regents, said in a statement.

Baylor has gone 50-15 during the past five seasons under Briles. The team won a pair of Big 12 Conference championships and reaching two New Year’s Six bowl games.

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