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Reports: Baylor To Dismiss Head Coach Art Briles Amid Scandal

Update: Baylor has released its official set of 'leadership changes' following the findings of the Pepper Hamilton report. 

  • Art Biles has been "suspended indefinitely with intent to terminate"
  • Athletic director Ian McCaw has been sanctioned and placed on probation.
  • President Ken Starr is being transitioned from the role of President to Chancellor

">May 26, 2016

Earlier: One of college football's top coaches has been fired. Amid the sexual assault scandal that has enveloped Baylor University and its football program, ESPN's Brett McMurphy and Craig Smoak report that the school has dismissed head coach Art Briles, and that he has told the team via text message.

">May 26, 2016

">@ESPN. Briles informed players via text, source said. Announcement expected at noon ET

— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 26, 2016

Briles took over the Baylor program ahead of the 2008 season, and turned the moribund Bears program into a Big 12 title contender. Over that same span, a number of Bears players have been accused of or charged with sexual assault.

Tevin Elliott, a former Baylor defensive end, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for two counts of sexual assault in 2014. Sam Ukwuachu was sentenced to 10 years probation and 180 days in jail after being found guilty of sexual assault of a Baylor soccer player in August. Ukwuachu had been previously been dismissed from Boise State's program, and former BSU head coach Chris Petersen said he "thoroughly apprised" Briles of the situation. Most recently, star lineman Shawn Oakman was accused of sexual assault by a woman he met at a bar in April. Following that accusation, Orangebloodswriter Alex Dunlap obtained a police report showing a 2013 accusation of violence by an ex-girlfriend of Oakman.

We will continue to update this story as it develops.