Even with disgraced coach Art Briles away from the program, Baylor football is still having issues with sexual assault allegations.
Coach Matt Rhule announced two players have been “separated” from his squad as a result of an alleged incident involving female students on Baylor’s equestrian team in November 2017. The players have not been identified.
“I can’t get into too many of the details on this specific incident,” Rhule said in an interview with KCEN-TV. “I really don’t know too many of the details on this specific incident, but I do know things have been handled the right way.”
According to a police report obtained by ESPN, two female Baylor students told police they were sexually assaulted at a Waco apartment complex after the Bears’ 38-24 loss to Texas Tech on Nov. 17, 2017.
To Baylor’s credit, this incident seems to have been reported and handled correctly at every level. According to ESPN, the alleged victims first reported the alleged incident to Baylor’s equestrian coach, Casie Maxwell. Maxwell then notified Baylor’s Title IX office, Clery Act specialist Shelley Deats and Baylor police chief Brad Wigtil.
“I feel like the university put those processes in place, and it’s our job to carry them out,” Rhule told KCEN-TV. “And, from what I’ve seen, the university has carried them out and everything has been done in a way that it should be done.”
But this is yet another incident involving Baylor’s football program, and it happened 18 months after Briles was let go. At some point, things have to start getting better in Waco.