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Report: Baylor Won’t Get Penn State-Level Punishment

Jason Scott

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the NCAA does not plan to levy punishment against Baylor equivalent to that received by Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

Baylor is currently under investigation for its handling of sexual assault cases concerning football student-athletes. An independent review found that Baylor failed in its handling of numerous sexual assault and domestic violence cases. The revelations eventually led to sweeping leadership changes at the university, as head football coach Art Briles was fired and president Ken Starr and AD Ian McCaw resigned.

Penn State’s penalties in the wake of the Sandusky scandal included a multi-year bowl ban, reduced football scholarships, and vacated wins for coach Joe Paterno. The university was also required to pay millions to help fight child abuse.

The news does not however, indicate that Baylor is free and clear. The university still faces Title IX lawsuits.

From ABBaylor Faces Fourth Title IX Lawsuit, Refiled Suit

Officials say that Baylor is cooperating with the investigation, and is prepared to deal with potential consequences.  

Related: Baylor Community Struggles to Move On After Scandal

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