BU advised to self-impose sanctions, bowl ban, newspaper reports

Published: Aug. 7, 2018 at 7:31 PM CDT
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Baylor may be talking publicly about shooting for a bowl game this season, but privately the university is considering self-imposed sanctions that could include a bowl ban, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Tuesday evening.

“I expect us to go fight to go to a bowl game,” Baylor head football coach told reporters during Big 12 Media Days last month, but “multiple sources” told Star-Telegram reporter Mac Engel that the law firm that represents the university in the NCAA investigation of the school’s sexual assault scandal is recommending the sanctions include a one-year bowl ban this season.

The newspaper quoted unnamed sources as saying the NCAA’s direction on the case may have changed after recent interviews of ousted head coach Art Briles, former Baylor president Ken Starr and former athletic director Ian McCaw.

Rumblings about the possibility of self-imposed sanctions surfaced late last month.

KWTX asked university spokesman Jason Cook on July 31 to confirm or deny whether a bowl ban was on the table and Cook replied, “There is no truth to this information.”

Tuesday evening, Cook said in an email that the NCAA investigation is still underway and it’s too early to say what sanctions, if any, the school might face.

“It is irresponsible to report that Baylor is considering a football bowl ban for the 2018 season when in fact the NCAA investigation into the prior football staff and previous athletics administration remains active and ongoing,” he said.

“Additionally, it is premature to speculate as to what the University’s sanctions will be at this point in time.”

Recent revelations in the deposition of McCaw likely haven’t escaped the attention of NCAA investigators.

McCaw told attorneys during a deposition in one of the Jane Doe rape suits against the school he left the university because he “was disgusted at that point with the regents, the racism, (and) the phony finding of fact,” and “did not want to be part of some Enron cover -up scheme."

McCaw testified during the deposition that the athletic department generally, and black football players and Briles in particular, were made scapegoats in an effort to cover-up a much larger problem.

Baylor issued a statement in response to the McCaw’s testimony in which it said, "The plaintiffs’ counsel have grossly mischaracterized facts to promote a misleading narrative in an effort to deflect attention away from the actual facts of the case pending before the court.”