A new book on the sexual assault scandal at Baylor University alleges several incidents where former head football coach Art Briles knowingly kept players on the team despite serious violations.
Violated, written by Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach, centers around the the university and athletic department’s failures to adequately respond to sexual assault cases. Zach Barnett at FootballScoop.com read a copy in advance of the book’s Tuesday publication date and detailed his findings.
The most serious case discussed in the book is that of Tevin Elliott. The defensive end violated the Baylor honor code by committing plagiarism and would have missed the 2011 season. However, Briles stepped in well after the appeal deadline to defend him and prevent the suspension, according to Schlabach and Lavigne.
Elliott violated the terms of his probation several times that semester. He received no punishment from Briles or the university.
Elliott was later convicted on two counts of sexual assault regarding an incident involving a Baylor student that occurred in 2012. A McLennan County jury sentenced him to the maximum 20 years in prison.
The lawsuit filed by Elliott’s victim against the university was settled on Tuesday. The victim also asked that Briles and former athletic director Ian McCaw be removed as defendants from the suit. A ruling on that decision is still pending.
Lavigne and Schlabach’s forthcoming book also details the rape allegations against Sam Ukwuachu and Shawn Oakman. Both transferred into Baylor with an alleged history of violence against women.
Other allegations in the book include the consistent inability of the Baylor Police Department to handle sexual assault cases and the persistent influence of Briles on university punishment of athletes.
Violated hits bookshelves on Tuesday.