Baylor football went from Cinderella to Cruella de Vil with the release of the scathing independent report about the conduct of its football program. The report, prepared after an investigation by the law firm Pepper Hamilton, excoriated members of the Baylor athletic department and football program for tacitly condoning violence against women by members of its football program. Baylor dismissed star head coach Art Briles and university president Ken Starr as a result and agreed to myriad policing measures going forward.
In a press release, the Baylor Board of Regents said "we were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus" -- also saying that the "depth to which these acts occurred shocked and outraged us." The Pepper Hamilton report said that "the choices made by football staff and athletics leadership, in some instances, posed a risk to campus safety and the integrity of the University." Having the football team on campus was a threat to campus safety.
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