The Baylor sexual assault scandal is one of the worst that we've seen in college sports. It wound up costing numerous Baylor football officials their jobs, including head football coach Art Briles.
When the story broke, some even wondered if the Big 12 might re-evaluate Baylor's spot in the league. Apparently, those concerns existed in Waco as well.
According to CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd, someone close to the situation was legitimately worried that the program could be kicked out, given the gravity of the scandal.
A prominent source close to the ongoing Baylor sexual assault scandal was "worried" about the school's continued membership in the Big 12 as the incident unfolded.
The source made this assertion to CBS Sports as the NCAA and Big 12 are concluding ongoing investigations into the scandal that broke in 2016, spanning four years of sexual assault convictions and allegations surrounding the football team and athletic program.
The source, who did not wish to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the proceedings, told CBS Sports that the still-ongoing legal issues threaten to make the Baylor scandal the "biggest in higher education."
"I was worried about [Big 12] membership," the source said.
It is unclear how the NCAA will handle penalties in the wake of the Baylor sexual assault scandal.
The organization has been all over the place in its handling of other recent scandals. After the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State was originally handed down some of the most significant penalties since SMU football was given the "death penalty," but many of those have since been reversed. North Carolina had a wide-ranging academic scandal that spanned decades, but the NCAA ultimately decided against major penalties on the men's basketball program, pinning the issues on the university rather than the athletic department specifically.
Baylor may get hit by the NCAA, however, it doesn't sound like the Bears will needed to find a new conference home.