FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2015, file photo, Baylor head coach Art Briles watches during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. The former Baylor coach has withdrawn a demand for new lawyers on Friday, June 17, 2016, in a federal civil rights lawsuit against him and the university amid reports hes settled a contract dispute with the school that fired him. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

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.


Posted: June 25, 2016, 2:34 am
The U.S. Defense Department has released a report criticizing a former leader of the Air Force Academy but saying he didn't impede an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and drug use by football players. The Pentagon's inspector general found that former superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould shielded a football coach from questioning, The Colorado Springs Gazette reported (http://tinyurl.com/ju2hyom). The Air Force Academy issued a statement saying the report found no system-wide problem but academy leaders still have a duty to improve the culture and climate at one of the nation's leading academies.
Posted: June 24, 2016, 9:53 pm

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2016, file photo, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams looks on during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game agaist Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. North Carolinas long-running academic fraud scandal case seems stuck in procedural limbo. The NCAA charged the school in May with five violations, including lack of institutional control, but there has been little movement since. Williams has said he wished there was a way to reach a

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.


Posted: June 24, 2016, 2:53 pm
Penn State's former top lawyer said in a deposition made public Thursday he advised the university's vice president in 2001 to notify a state agency of a complaint from an assistant football coach about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy in a team locker room. Former university general counsel Wendell Courtney also said in the deposition three weeks ago that no one from Penn State has ever asked him for details regarding his Feb. 11, 2001, phone discussion with then-vice president Gary Schultz or the research he did that day on reporting suspected child abuse. Excerpts from the deposition were attached to a filing by lawyers for former assistant coach Mike McQueary in opposing the university's effort to delay McQueary's whistleblower and defamation lawsuit against Penn State.
Posted: June 24, 2016, 12:51 am

FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2015, file photo, Baylor head coach Art Briles watches during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. The former Baylor coach has withdrawn a demand for new lawyers on Friday, June 17, 2016, in a federal civil rights lawsuit against him and the university amid reports hes settled a contract dispute with the school that fired him. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

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.


Posted: June 23, 2016, 11:36 pm
Former NFL executive and player Merton Hanks has been named senior associate commissioner of Conference USA. Hanks will be responsible for managing all of the league's operations for football and baseball. Hanks worked for the NFL for 13 seasons.
Posted: June 23, 2016, 6:11 pm

West Virginia wide receiver David Sills (15) celebrates the game winning touchdown during the second half of the Cactus Bowl NCAA college football game against Arizona State, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Phoenix. West Virginia won 43-42. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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.


Posted: June 23, 2016, 2:57 pm

Georgia coach Kirby Smart signals to his players during the first half of a spring NCAA college football game Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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.


Posted: June 23, 2016, 2:02 pm
A woman who said she was raped by two Oregon State football players and two other men in 1998 while Mike Riley was the head coach of the Beavers spoke Wednesday to Riley's Nebraska team about her experience. ''As part of our ongoing educational efforts, I invited Brenda Tracy to Lincoln, to share her experiences with the young men in our program,'' Riley said in a statement. The Associated Press generally doesn't identify sexual assault victims, but Tracy has spoken publicly to draw attention to her situation.
Posted: June 23, 2016, 1:32 am

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2015, file photo, Baylor coach Art Briles yells from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Lamar in Waco, Texas. Briles is accusing Baylor of wrongful termination and indicating he has no interest in settling a federal lawsuit filed against him and the university by a woman who was raped by a football player, according to a motion filed Thursday, June 16, 2016, as part of the lawsuit. Briles says he wants a judge to assign him new attorneys and his personal legal team is demanding that Baylor turn over all its files in the sexual assault scandal that has gripped the Baptist university for months. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

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.


Posted: June 22, 2016, 10:13 pm
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