A ruling by the NCAA after a lengthy investigation into Baylor University’s athletic department was supposed to be announced by the end of the summer, but the process may be pushed back to the beginning as part of a new procedure that changes the way investigations are conducted.
According to sources, in early August the NCAA informed Baylor that it may send its case to its newly created “independent adjudicative authority.”
This is a new form of rule and enforcement that is clear of the traditional NCAA’s Committee on Infractions that previously decided cases involving potential rules violations.
The NCAA opened an investigation into Baylor’s athletic department in June 2017 after the sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of football coach Art Briles in May 2016, and the eventual resignation of president Ken Starr.
In September 2018, it sent Baylor a “notice of allegations,” with charges against Briles and a “lack of institutional control” on the part of administrators.
Sources familiar with the process felt the case would be resolved in the spring of 2019, and then, at the latest, the summer.
On Aug. 1, the NCAA announced a new “Independent Accountability Resolution Process.” This was created after the recommendations were made by the Commission on College Basketball, which was chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
After more than two years, a complete do-over? Leave it to the NCAA to come up with a way to make me feel at least somewhat sympathetic to Baylor. I didn’t think that was possible.