From 2011-2016, multiple infractions occurred within the Bears’ organization. According to a statement from the NCAA, impermissible benefits were provided to a player who was failing to meet an academic performance plan and the university operated a predominantly female student-host program in direct violation of NCAA recruiting rules.
A former assistant director of football operations also refused to participate in the investigation, further contributing to the punishments.
The sanctions against Baylor include probation, recruiting restrictions, fines, vacation of records and more.
Here’s the full list of punishments, per the NCAA:
- Four years of probation.
- A $5,000 fine.
- A reduction to 30 football official visits during the 2021-22 academic year.
- A three-week ban on unofficial visits in football during the 2021-22 academic year.
- A two-week ban on football recruiting communication during the 2021-22 academic year.
- A reduction of football evaluation days by three during fall 2021 and by 10 during spring 2022.
- A five-year show-cause order for the former assistant director of football operations. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him must restrict him from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply.
- A vacation of all records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible. The university must provide a written report containing the contests impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 14 days of the public release of the decision.
While these violations were uncovered in the process, the NCAA was unable to prove the main focus of the investigation. A Division I Committee on Infractions hearing panel was unable to conclude that Baylor violated NCAA rules when it failed to report allegations of sexual violence committed on its campus.
Despite the university president at the time calling this sexual assault scandal a “colossal operational failure,” current NCAA rules do not adjudicate how schools respond to sexual violence.
“Baylor admitted to moral and ethical failings in its handling of sexual and interpersonal violence on campus but argued those failings, however egregious, did not constitute violations of NCAA rules. Ultimately, and with tremendous reluctance, this panel agrees,” the panel said in its decision. “To arrive at a different outcome would require the [committee] to ignore the rules the Association’s membership has adopted — rules under which the [committee] is required to adjudicate. Such an outcome would be antithetical to the integrity of the infractions process.”
All things considered, these penalties seem like a mere slap on the wrist for the Baylor program.