WACO — Kenneth Starr will no longer serve as Baylor University’s president and will instead become chancellor at the university’s law school, the university said in a statement.
Additionally, head football coach Art Briles has been suspended with the intent of termination.
Starr and Briles have come under fire for the university’s handling of sex assaults involving Baylor football players.
At least three players have faced sexual assault accusations, and there are reportedly a number of other Baylor students who’ve come forward with allegations of being sexually assaulted.
Two victims have said the school tried to cover up rape allegations. Jasmin Hernandez was sexually assaulted by Baylor football player Tevin Ellioot in April 2012.
“This person had numerous claims of assault made against him before, where we’re claiming very serious allegations and just being completely ignored and sort of pushed under the rug,” Hernandez said.
Elliott was convicted in 2014 and is serving a 20-year prison sentence.
The Sam Ukwuachu case raises even more questions about what was going under Kenneth Starr’s watch. Ukwuachu transferred from Boise State to Baylor in 2013 after being dismissed from that team for disciplinary reasons. Turns out, though, there were serious concerns about Ukwuachu’s violent behavior toward his then-girlfriend.
Art Briles denied knowing anything about Ukwuachu’s past. “Zero. Zero,” Briles said when asked how much he knew about what happened at Boise.
Boise’s former head coach contradicts that, saying he throughly apprised Briles of Ukwuachu’s disciplinary record and dismissal.
Ukwuachu arrived in Waco, and was convicted last summer of sexually assaulting a Baylor student.