Baylor head coach Art Briles fired amid allegations against football program

According to sources close to the Baylor football program, the school has decided to part ways with head coach Art Briles following a slew sexual assault allegations against the program.

The news comes as Baylor awaits an independent investigation into reports of sexual misconduct within the program. The allegations involved former DE Sam Ukwuachu, who was sentenced following a sexual assault conviction last year, and DE Shawn Oakman, who was arrested on charges of sexual assault on April 13. Outside The Lines also obtained documents detailing additional allegations and institutional awareness.

Baylor HC Art Briles

During his eight seasons as head coach Briles has compiled a 65-37 record, 50-15 since 2011, and led the Bears to back-to-back Big 12 Championships in 2013 and 2014. He also helped turn around a program that hadn’t played in a bowl game since 1994 and suffered 12 straight losing seasons before his arrival. After going 4-8 in each of his first two seasons,  Baylor went 7-6 in 2010 and has yet to miss a bowl game since.

The school also announced that Ken Starr would be stepping down from president to chancellor and that athletic director Ian McCaw would be sanctioned and placed on probation.

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