The law firm’s findings exposed problems across the university and ultimately led to the resignation or firing of university president Ken Starr; his football coach, Art Briles; and athletic director Ian McCaw. The NCAA delivered a notice of allegations, which is the equivalent of an indictment for the college sports industry, to Baylor in 2018.
On Wednesday, however, the NCAA investigation ended with just a handful of violations involving academic and recruiting rules. The penalties imposed by the committee for these offenses included four years’ probation.
In addition to NCAA scrutiny, Baylor has faced a criminal investigation and a wave of civil litigation related to sexual assault. Baylor prevailed in one of those cases in June, when a jury in Houston found that under state law the university was not responsible for the sexual assault of a woman in 2017.
But Baylor has been penalized in other ways. In October, for example, the US Department of Education fined the university more than $ 461,000 in connection with violations of a federal law that governs campus crime statistics. The university has also made deals with some women who have filed complaints under Title IX, the federal law that effectively prohibits sexual harassment and assault in educational institutions.
While the NCAA has generally focused its enforcement power on more trivial issues in college sport, it has intervened in allegations of sexual misconduct in the past.