The fallout continues at Baylor as the University deals with its troubling history of neglecting sexual assaults and other violent crimes among students, including several football players. After University President Ken Starr was reassigned and stripped of any real power, and head football coach Art Briles was fired last week, the school's athletic director Ian McCaw announced today that he has resigned.
The law firm Pepper Hamilton recently reviewed Baylor's handling of these cases, and its compliance with Title IX regulations and released a report that found university-wide failure to properly address sexual assault on campus, and in many cases actively covered up cases involving athletes, mostly from the football team. Although Art Briles was fired, it does seem strange that McCaw, his boss, has been able to resign, rather than get fired himself. Nevertheless, McCaw released a statement through the University, announcing his decision.
"After much reflection and prayer, I have decided that a change in athletics department leadership is in Baylor University's best interest in order to promote the unity, healing and restoration that must occur in order to move forward. I have always sought to put the University's needs ahead of my own. My time at Baylor has been an incredible journey filled with some of the most remarkable people I have ever known. I am grateful to Baylor Nation for its support and dedication, and to all who have done so much to advance the athletics program."
One of McCaw's final decisions at Baylor was hiring Briles's interim replacement, former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe. The University appended a brief statement of its own to McCaw's.
"We understand and accept this difficult decision by Ian McCaw to resign as Athletic Director and are grateful for his service to Baylor University. We also appreciate Ian's commitment and involvement in bringing a person of integrity such as Jim Grobe to the University before making this decision."