Ian McCaw Resigns as Baylor AD: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

May 30, 2016

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Baylor University announced Monday that vice president and director of athletics Ian McCaw has resigned in the wake of the scandal that cost head football coach Art Briles his job.

The school announced its plan to dismiss Briles on Thursday.

Max Olson of shared statements from McCaw and Baylor’s board of regents after Monday’s decision:

According to 247Sports, McCaw was the athletic director for the Bears since the 2003-04 academic year and oversaw a successful period of Baylor sports. During his tenure, the Bears won two national titles in women’s basketball, two Big 12 championships in football and reached two Elite Eights in men’s basketball.

The 247Sports report also pointed out McCaw hired “several” coaches, including Steve Rodriguez (head baseball coach) and Jim Grobe (interim football coach).

Matthew Watkins of the Texas Tribune previously reported on Thursday that McCaw was “sanctioned and placed on probation” in light of the sexual assault scandal.

Baylor has recently been under the spotlight because of accusations regarding the way the school and athletic department handled a number of sexual assault cases. Sue Ambrose and David Tarrant of the Dallas Morning News reported in March “a young woman who was raped by a football player during her freshman year at Baylor” filed a lawsuit that said the school and officials (including Briles) failed to properly investigate her allegation.

Tevin Elliott was the player, and “he was sentenced to 20 years in prison” after being convicted of sexually assaulting the filer of the lawsuit, per Ambrose and Tarrant. Ambrose and Tarrant also said “last September, a jury found another football player, Sam Ukwuachu, guilty of sexual assault of a college athlete after Baylor’s internal investigation had cleared him.”

What’s more, Paula Lavigne of ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported in January that five women told police Elliott raped or assaulted them between October of 2009 and April of 2012.

Lavigne said “an investigation by Outside the Lines found several examples…in which school officials either failed to investigate, or adequately investigate, allegations of sexual violence. In many cases, officials did not provide support to those who reported assaults.”

Bruce Tomaso of the Dallas Morning News broke down the entire scandal and noted at least three football players were charged with sexual assault since the start of 2014.

Baylor released an announcement on its official site that included a statement from board of regents chairman Richard Willis that said, “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.”

According to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, Baylor was contacted by the NCAA and will cooperate.

The Pepper Hamilton law firm investigated how Baylor handled these assault allegations, per the Associated Press.

McCaw’s decision to resign on Monday comes on the same day Baylor announced it named former Wake Forest coach Grobe as the interim football coach for the 2016 campaign. Dan Wolken of USA Today said the school will “conduct a full search” for a head coach after the 2016 season is over.

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