Baylor's athletics director, Ian McCaw, has resigned, the university announced Monday. McCaw's decision came days after Baylor's Board of Regents fired the university's head football coach amid allegations that the world’s largest Baptist university has continuously mishandled -- and sought to suppress public discourse about -- sexual assaults committed by its football players and other students. Baylor's president, Kenneth Starr, stepped aside on Thursday at the board's urging.
The board chose not to fire McCaw last week, though it did place the athletics director on probation for his role in mishandling allegations against players.
“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," McCaw said in a statement Monday. "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.”
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