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Firing of Art Briles a milestone in college football standards

Baylor fired a coach who turned a perennial loser into a national contender, proving good behavior is demanded now where it once wasn't.

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Youth movement: Impact freshman on each Top 25 team

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Author: We've never seen anything like this

Jessica Luther, author of the forthcoming book, "Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape," reacts to the news that Baylor will fire football coach Art Briles following the release of a report on the school's response to allegations of sexual assaults by students, including several football players.

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Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor posted signs declaring "Real Men Respect Women" and "Be The Most Physical Team" at the entrance to its practice field this spring. Those signs are noticeably absent today.

Art Briles, the rise and fall

From November 2007 to today, here's a rundown of Briles' coaching tenure at Baylor. Timeline

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Mark Schlabach @Mark_Schlabach

A Baylor regent said board was "shocked" about what they learned about Baylor police dept. "It made us angry, shocked & very humble."

Mark Schlabach @Mark_Schlabach

Baylor officials say Ken Starr's role as chancellor will be external fundraising and religious liberty. Took away all operational duties

Heather Dinich ESPN Staff Writer 

The details that have emerged surrounding Baylor sicken me, but I'm encouraged by the women who were brave enough to come forward and force not only Baylor to acknowledge what happened, but every campus in the country. The firing of Art Briles made the statement that these women and the safety of others are more important than winning -- something that should go without saying, but every single coach and athletic administrator needs to hear. Don't let this happen again.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

I really hope this change is seen through at Baylor. From university release: "A centralized hub of student conduct information will provide a level of "early warning" for those students who are at risk or who may place others at risk. The university will ensure the accountability of employees by making clear the violation of reporting obligations could be cause for discharge. Additionally, processes will be put in place to ensure all instances of interpersonal violence, regardless of where they originate, will be evaluated under the Title IX office."

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Spoke with a Baylor football player. He said he's heard defensive coordinator Phil Bennett will be the interim coach, but players have not been officially informed yet. They're expected to have a team meeting next week - when Baylor players return to campus - to discuss the plan moving forward.

Joe Schad @schadjoe

Ivan Maisel: “Baylor asking Briles to leave is Facebook turning on Mark Zuckerberg. Both CEOs created something where nothing existed.”

How common are situations like Baylor's?

espnW columnist Kate Fagan examines the power dynamic of football programs on college campuses and how it contributes to situations like the one at Baylor.

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Max Olson @max_olson

Baylor assistants Kendal Briles, Cris Dishman just left football facility. Declined to talk to reporters.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Asked for his thoughts on Art Briles' firing, Baylor ESPN 300 receiver commit Hezekiah Jones of Stafford (Texas) High School said "it's crazy." When asked if he'll decommit, he said "we'll see." Despite his pledge, Jones has continued to be heavily recruited by Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and many others.

Mark Schlabach @Mark_Schlabach

Baylor officials said the school had hired a New York law firm to make contact with the NCAA about potential rules violations

Gene Wojciechowski @GenoEspn

Maybe wishful thinking, but I hope we look back and say this was day college athletics was changed forever. A new awareness was established.

Joe Schad @schadjoe

Report says Baylor football coaches/staff sometimes met directly w complainants or their family and didn't report it further

Brett McMurphy @McMurphyESPN

Baylor admits to "directly discouraging some complainants from reporting (incidents) & retaliated against one for reporting sexual assault"

Baylor to fire Briles after investigation

An independent review of Baylor's institutional response to Title IX and related compliance issues was conducted by Pepper Hamilton, who found there was a fundamental failure by Baylor to implement those processes. PDF