Baylor Bears' Money Withheld by Big 12
The Big 12 board announced Wednesday that it will withhold 25 percent of the future revenue distribution payments to Baylor University. University of Oklahoma president and Big 12 board chairman, David Boren, said “the board is unified in establishing a process to verify that proper institutional controls are in place and sustainable.” The payments are going to be withheld until Baylor “is in compliance with conference bylaws and regulations.” The Big 12 commissioner, Bob Bowlsby, defended their delayed action, stating that the sexual assault issue was a university-wide problem and athletics is only a component. “As an organization, the Big 12 is configured to deal with athletic issues, but they’re unseverable in this case. So we’re forced to deal with some things that are outside our wheelhouse,” Bowlsby said. David Garland, Baylor interim president, released a statement claiming that “No other university in the country has responded as aggressively and decisively as Baylor regarding incidents of sexual assaults on its campus.” The funds will eventually be returned to the University once they comply, however, Bowlsby stated after further review, the board might officially decide to permanently withhold some of Baylor’s funds as a penalty.
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