DALLAS -- The bombshell Baylor sex assault scandal ultimately cost head football coach Art Briles and university president Ken Starr their jobs. It’s a wake-up call not only for Baylor, but all teams in the Big 12.
There's now a renewed focus to make sure schools are in compliance with measures to prevent and respond to violence against women on college campuses. It was the focus of Wednesday’s Big 12 Conference State of College Athletics Forum in Dallas.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby began the discussion with a startling fact, "Somewhere over 90% of the sexual assaults on campus are not even reported. That does nothing but perpetuate an awful situation."
Even NFL player Ray Rice, who's now a spokesman against domestic violence after his indefinite suspension in 2014, was in attendance to weigh in on the subject.
"My video shed light on the horrors that happen with domestic violence, and I went around and spoke to several colleges," Ray said. "And I realized that the football programs are the biggest programs in the school, so I do want them to understand that you don't have to be the man, you need to be a man."
Hopefully, this discussion sparks much needed change so that another scandal like the one at Baylor becomes a thing of the past.