A statement released by the university Friday night said Baylor and Briles ''agreed to terminate their employment relationship.'' The move was effective immediately. ''Both parties acknowledge that there were serious shortcomings in the response to reports of sexual violence by some student-athletes, including deficiencies in University processes and the delegation of disciplinary responsibilities with the football program,'' said part of what was called a joint statement from Baylor and Briles. Briles' lawyers had told a federal court June 16 that he wanted attorneys separate from Baylor and had no intention of settling the lawsuit filed by a woman who was raped by a Baylor football player.
North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham is hopeful the school is finally near the end of its long-running academic fraud scandal. The school is a month away from its 90-day deadline to respond to the NCAA's latest Notice of Allegations (NOA), which outlined five serious charges that include lack of institutional control. In an interview with The Associated Press, Cunningham said UNC will meet that deadline - there had previously been an eight-month hiccup in the process - in a case that hung over a strong 2015-16 sports season.
Baylor is releasing five incoming freshman players from their national letters of intent and allowing them to attend other schools without losing eligibility. The players were not identified in Baylor's news release Thursday, but all requested release prior to May 31, according to the school. The requests came after the Baylor board of regents fired coach Art Briles following the release of a report commissioned by the school that found he and other university leaders inappropriately handled sexual assault allegations by female students.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Former blue-chip quarterback recruit David Sills, who received a scholarship offer from Southern California while he was in middle school, is leaving West Virginia and plans to transfer to junior college.
Georgia freshman defensive back Chad Clay has been dismissed from the football team following his second arrest in less than three months. Coach Kirby Smart announced the ''very disappointing'' news of Clay's dismissal in a news release on Wednesday night following Clay's arrest for the theft of headphones from another student on campus. Clay was released from the Athens-Clarke County jail on $1,500 bond on Wednesday night, according to the jail's website.
The Big 12 is asking Baylor for a full accounting of the investigation into how sexual assault allegations were handled at the school, including information that has not been released publicly. The conference released a statement Wednesday saying Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had sent a letter to Baylor interim President David Garland ''once again'' requesting all documents associated with the investigation by the law firm of Pepper Hamilton. The Big 12 is requesting written materials as well as any information that was conveyed orally to Baylor leadership and its board of regents along with pertinent internal documents.