The NCAA will not punish Baylor to the same extent it did Penn State.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that the NCAA won’t seek similar sanctions against Baylor. Baylor is faced with allegations of not properly responding to sexual assault allegations involving the football program.
From the Wall Street Journal:
The NCAA decision indicates Baylor — at least for now — will not be subject to the sort of harsh sanctions the NCAA imposed on Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal. That case, in which the former assistant football coach was convicted of abusing boys over a 15-year period, was viewed by many as a potential precedent for Baylor since it also involved alleged criminal activity within the athletic department but not clear-cut NCAA violations.
In 2012, the NCAA made Penn State vacate 111 wins, handed down a four-year bowl ban, reduced scholarships and made Penn State pay $60 million to fight child abuse as part of the NCAA punishment for failing to “value and uphold institutional integrity.” Many sanctions have since been lifted, as Penn State played in a bowl game in each of the past two seasons, and coach Joe Paterno’s wins were reinstated.
Baylor fired football coach Art Briles and university President Kenneth Starr following an investigation. Some Baylor fans have expressed support for the fired Briles, including wearing shirts and hanging banners with “CAB” written on them for “Coach Art Briles.”
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