By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Art Briles and Kenneth Starr were in charge of the Baylor Bears during one of their darkest times in school history. Briles, the former football coach, received $15.1 million from the school, according to federal tax forms recently filed by the school in an ESPN story.
Starr received $4.5 million. Both Briles and Starr were forced out following a sexual assault scandal that involved the athletic department.
The information, according to ESPN, was previously undisclosed. But they were included in the school’s 990 tax forms for 2016.
The Dallas Morning News first obtained the information.
The 62-year-old Briles, who will likely never coach again at the college level, was fired on June 24th, 2016. He was owed $39 million at the time of his ouster, but received less than half of that money.
He had eight years left on a ten-year deal that he signed in Nov. 2013. The tax returns indicated that Briles was paid $6.19 million per season.
Instead of being fired right away, like Briles, Starr was then demoted from president and chancellor. He later resigned and was paid $1.3 million per season.
Ian McCaw, who was then the Baylor athletic director, who resigned shortly after Briles was let go, also received money in this settlement. He received $761,509.
McCaw is presently the Liberty athletic director.
The sexual assault scandal involved numerous football players under Briles-led teams. There was also mishandled information, which has been scrutinized by the media.
Matt Rhule was hired by the school after Jim Grobe served one season as the interim head coach. Rhule previously served as the Temple Owls head coach.
There have been ten Title IX lawsuits against the school, according to ESPN, by 22 women. Twenty of these women allege either being sexually assaulted or physically assaulted.
Four, according to ESPN, had their complaints settled or dismissed.
The scandal has been investigated by the Texas Rangers, McLennan County District Attorney’s office, U.S. Department of Education, the Big 12 Conference, and the NCAA, according to ESPN.
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