Former Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw alleged a conspiracy at the "highest level" at Baylor where the regents planned to focus all of the badual badault scandal on athletics, ignoring the broader decades-long problem at the university of mismanagement of reports of violation, according to court documents filed Wednesday in an ongoing Title IX lawsuit against the school.
McCaw said in his statement that the principal leaders, consultants, lawyers and the school's public relations firm worked to blame the athletics, specifically soccer. – while working to cover up faults on campus, including those of the regents themselves, according to McCaw's quotes in the motion presented on Wednesday.
The entire deposition was not disclosed. McCaw did not respond to a voicemail he left on Wednesday.
McCaw is quoted in the motion as saying that Baylor's actions were, "an elaborate plan that essentially used as a scapegoat the black football players and the football program for being responsible for a decades-long badual badault scandal. the university and go directly to the pattern of behavior that created the greatest risk for plaintiffs and other Baylor students. "
In May 2016, the school published a summary report of the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton's review of Baylor's case management of badual violence and domestic violence, which included a section on faults within the soccer program respond appropriately to these reports. Following that report, the school dismissed soccer coach Art Briles and demoted former president Kenneth Starr, who later resigned. McCaw, who had been suspended as a result of the investigation, resigned his position as sports director in May 2016, but remained in a non-administrative position at Baylor until November 2016, when he left to become sports director of Liberty University . 19659002] "Although he was urged to stay, McCaw refused to continue as Baylor's Athletic Director because, he was upset at that time with the regents, racism, the false conclusion of the facts & # 39; and why & # 39; I did not want to be part of some scheme of concealment of Enron ", indicates the movement.
The motion states that the motive behind blaming only football and covering the wider rulings was, according to McCaw, because "it's bad for business … It's bad for the Baylor brand, bad for admission, bad for tuition revenue. "
Baylor University issued a statement Wednesday in response to the motion containing the McCaw quotes. The statement said in part: "The plaintiffs' lawyer has very poorly characterized facts to promote a deceptive narrative in an effort to divert attention from the real facts of the pending case before the court … We will keep our diligent efforts to continue discovering focused on this specific case while firmly protecting the privacy of our students and their records that are not involved in this matter. "
The statement concluded with, "Much of Mr. McCaw's testimony that is cited selectively in the motion is based on speculation, rumors and even media reports."
Before the university published its summary report in May 2016, the motion states that a Pepper Hamilton attorney told McCaw that his final work product would depend on the regents, who "may want a detailed document. a summary report, or you can ask us [Pepper Hamilton] to clarify the whole matter ".
The motion states that McCaw said that certain regents met with Pepp Hamilton's attorneys-in which McCaw was not present-resulted in "Regent Cary Gray writing & # 39; false & # 39; & # 39; Deceptive conclusions in fact biased to make the football program look bad and cover the deficiencies of the entire campus. " The motion also stated that there were "racially charged labels such as a 300-pound black football player" that were discarded freely, to the exclusion of other cases of misconduct throughout the university, "although he does not attribute those comments to no one person in particular.  McCaw stated that also "contradicting the false narrative that football was the whole problem," Patty Crawford, formerly coordinator of Title IX, told her that "she had had more than 300 cases since arriving at Baylor and had not detected " any pattern relating to student athletes within that number. "
Although Crawford has accused Baylor in previous media interviews of trying to say that the university solved the whole problem by making changes within the soccer program, she has said there are specific problems in athletics, and noted that the cases Soccer players account for approximately 10 percent of their work and tend to be more violent, often with gang rape. In comparison, male student athletes made up approximately 4 percent of the male undergraduate population at Baylor.
The motion on Wednesday alleged other aspects of Baylor's leadership that did not allow women, but did not receive the same treatment, that is, the Baylor Police Department under Chief Jim Doak, who was widely criticized in a review of 2014 by an external consultant who found that the police department failed in several aspects of student safety. "McCaw said that a recording even reveals that a police officer put a young girl in protest of her rape to order a meal," the motion says.
The motion quotes McCaw as saying that at a previous meeting of the Board of Regents on Baylor's senior vice president, Reagan Ramsower, told McCaw: "If [Baylor Police] Chief Doak was still here, we would not fire him We would have to execute it. " The motion reads: "Instead, Doak received a retirement and public praise party."
The motion stated that McCaw stated that "Doak and others discouraged reporting and systematically buried rape reports, hid them from McCaw when they involved sports, making McCaw know them only through ESPN."
According to the motion, McCaw He said Glenn Bunting, the head of Baylor's public relations firm at the time, encouraged McCaw to lie about "when a sports-related violation occurred." reported and made known to Baylor officials, "although the motion does not include what McCaw was instructed to say, it was" a scheme that Bunting promised would be "mutually beneficial". for Baylor and McCaw, "the motion says, adding that McCaw told Bunting," that's not true, "and that Bunting hung up when he did not agree to go along.
In an interview on Wednesday with Outside the Lines, Bunting challenged that claim, saying, "Mr. McCaw's claims are absurd and a fabrication misleading. Our consistent counselor and advice to the university was to be transparent and reveal facts and details of the investigation. We embarked on an aggressive strategy to work through the media to proactively tell the truth about Pepper Hamilton's findings. "
In a previous court case: a defamation case against former football operations director Colin Shillinglaw in February 2017: McCaw was named for what the regents in that case described as their own efforts to keep information about student athletes involved in crimes hidden.
The court documents in that case cite text messages between Briles and McCaw regarding a player who was arrested for badault and who threatens to kill a non-athlete, in which Briles sends a message to McCaw, "I just spoke with [the player] – said Waco PD was there – he said they were going to Keep Calm – It was not a configuration agreement … I'll give myself a good review [Shillinglaw] to talk to Sibley. "(Sibley made reference to Waco lawyer Jonathan Sibley.)  Declares that McCaw responded: "That would be great if they kept it quiet."
Although that text message was not mentioned in Wednesday's motion, the presentation to the court stated that, "in spite of all of their testimonies prejudicial to Baylor, McCaw did not attempt to conceal his own responsibility and readily admitted that the Department of Athletics was not innocent. "
McCaw's actions while at Baylor came up several times as a result of his departure, with Crawford accusing him of asking for "immunity" for a student athlete whom he wanted to interview as part of a Title IX investigation in February 2015. And When she asked him if McCaw had been aware of any gang rape, he did not reveal that he had learned of an accusation involving football players and a volleyball player two years earlier. McCaw had not reported the incident with the volleyball player to court cases, and has said through a statement issued by his lawyer that he had not been told what the appropriate reporting protocol was at that time. That volleyball player filed a lawsuit against the university last year.
The motion filed on Wednesday was part of a lawsuit filed in June 2016 on behalf of 10 women, including one who claimed to have been raped by a soccer player. The women's attorneys have been coming and going with Baylor attorneys in recent months to provide records, accusing the university of not being transparent. It is one of six ongoing trials of Title IX against the school.
Criminal charges have been brought against three former Baylor soccer players accused of badual badault. Earlier this month, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals reinstated the badual abuse conviction of the former Baylor player. the player Samuel Ukwuachu to annul the sentence of a lower court to grant a new trial based on evidence not admitted during his initial trial.