IRVING, Texas — Baylor University has still not received its full allotted Big 12 payment from the 2016-17 year. However, officials believe more feedback could arrive before Friday at the Big 12 meetings.
“I think we’ll probably know more in the next couple of days,” Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades said at the Big 12 meetings on Wednesday. “It’s an ongoing process.”
However, Rhoades does not necessarily think Baylor will receive the payout.
“I’m not anticipating anything to be finalized during these meetings,” Rhoades said.
The Big 12 board of directors opted to withhold 25 percent of Baylor’s payout after a Title IX scandal rocked the university and football program. The situation led to coach Art Briles and university president Ken Starr being removed from their positions. Athletic director Ian McCaw resigned in subsequent days.
The withheld 25 percent will be held in escrow until the Big 12 verifies Baylor has completed instituting the 105 recommendations from the Pepper Hamilton report, which documented institutional failures in responding to Title IX violations at every level. The report specifically documented culture issues with the football team.
Based on a record $34.8 million Big 12 payout in 2017, Baylor has yet to receive approximately $8.7 million.
“I think we have finalized most, if not all,” Rhoades said. “We’ve just hired a new director of Title IX, and I think just we’ll just give that a little bit of time. We’re in a good space.”
At Big 12 media days in 2017, commissioner Bob Bowlsby complimented the work that Rhoades, university president Linda Livingstone and football coach Matt Rhule had done to fix the culture.
“Baylor is working very hard to get it right,” Bowlsby said last year.
The Big 12 meetings take place Wednesday through Friday in Irving. At the end of the week, the Big 12 will announce its payout for the 2017-18 school year. Twenty-five percent of Baylor’s 2018 payout will also be held in escrow.