FRISCO, Texas – Baylor football has been under fire all offseason after its scandal demolished the program. However, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby believes the school has turned a corner.
“Baylor is working very hard to get it right,” Bowlsby said.
The school is in the midst of implementing 105 recommendations from the Pepper Hamilton report, which came out in relation to Title IX issues. Baylor fired former head coach Art Briles and university president Ken Starr related to shortcomings in that field. Athletic director Ian McCaw resigned a few weeks later.
But since then, Baylor hired Linda Livingstone as its first female president and Matt Rhule as head coach. Mack Rhoades left Missouri to become Baylor’s athletic director.
“Matt Rhule has done a terrific job on the culture of the program,” Bowlsby said. “I have also been very impressed with President Livingstone.”
Baylor will not receive its full allotment of $34 million until all 105 recommendations have been implemented. The Big 12 is in the midst of verifying completion of results. Until then, the conference is withholding 25 percent of revenue.
However, Bowlsby is optimistic about the result.
“We could not have gotten better cooperation on Baylor’s process than the three people I mentioned, along with their general counsel,” Bowlsby said.