Ken Starr Defends Baylor and Ousted Football Coach

September 26, 2016

Ken Starr (right), who resigned as president of Baylor University amid a scandal over its handling of sex assault allegations against athletes, on Saturday defended the university and its ousted football coach. Starr gave his first extensive interview to The Texas Tribune. In the interview, Starr characterized Baylor as facing similar problems to those confronted by other colleges and universities. And he said Art Briles, who was ousted as football coach, was a victim of inaccurate press reports.

An outside review commissioned by the university -- delivered to Baylor's board shortly before Starr and Briles left -- found numerous problems at Baylor. Among them were university administrators discouraging people from reporting allegations of sex assaults. Specifically, the report said that "football coaches or staff met directly with a complainant and/or parent of a complainant and did not report the misconduct" and that the football program operated its own "internal system of discipline" that "resulted in conduct being ignored or players being dismissed from the team based on an informal and subjective process."

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