Report: 17 sexual assaults at Baylor over four years

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Regents who oversaw the investigation of Baylor University's own investigation say they uncovered 17 separate acts of sexual assault and/or intimate partner violence perpetrated by 19 members of the football team over the last four years, with one regent telling the Wall Street Journal it was "horrifying and brutal."

Coach Art Briles, who was fired in May, has denied that he was informed of the alleged criminal acts of his players, offering a vague apology in September, without ever saying the words "rape" or "sexual assault. Instead, he admitted that "some mistakes" had been made, but couldn't put a finger on exactly what those mistakes were.

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Baylor University head coach Art Briles reacts against the University of Oklahoma in the first half of their NCAA Big 12 football game at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas, United States on November 19, 2011.

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Dec 29, 2015; Orlando, FL, USA; Baylor Bears senior Jay Lee (left) dunks Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles with Gatorade following the Russell Athletic Bowl college football game at Florida Citrus Bowl. Baylor won 49-38.  

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WACO, TX - DECEMBER 5: Head coach Art Briles talks to his players from the sideline against the Texas Longhorns at McLane Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Waco, Texas.

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The stadium is lit up during a weather delay during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game between Oklahoma State and Baylor, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

MANHATTAN, KS - NOVEMBER 05: Head coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears looks on prior to a game against the Kansas State Wildcats on November 5, 2015 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.

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WACO, TX - DECEMBER 5: Head coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears looks on from the sidelines against the Texas Longhorns at McLane Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Waco, Texas.

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ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 26: Coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears looks on during a game against the Texas Tech Raiders at Cowboys Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Baylor Bears defeated the Texas Tech Raiders 66-42.

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WACO, TX - OCTOBER 19: Head coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears looks on during warmups before kickoff against the Iowa State Cyclones on October 19, 2013 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas.

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Chain link fence surrounds the east side entrance of Floyd Casey Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Waco, Texas. The fencing surrounds nearly all of the abandoned stadium where Baylor won the final ten games there. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

06 December 2014: Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles accepts the trophy from Big 12 Commissioner Bill Bowlsby for the Big 12 Co-Champion after the game between the Baylor Bears and the Kansas State Wildcats at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas. Baylor beat Kansas State 38-27.

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BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Head Coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears chats to players prior to kickoff against the Buffalo Bulls at UB Stadium on September 12, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.

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Former Baylor head football coach Art Briles watches the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears warm up before an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Arlington, Texas.

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15 OCT 2016: Endzone pylon during the game between the Baylor Bears and the Kansas Jayhawks at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas. Baylor beats Kansas 49-7. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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"I made mistakes. I did wrong, but I'm not doing this trying to make myself feel better for apologizing," he said in an ESPN interview.

Now, the regents who spoke to the Wall Street Journal are saying that that's just not true.

In at least one case, Baylor regents said, Mr. Briles knew about an alleged incident and didn't alert police, the school's judicial-affairs staff or the Title IX office in charge of coordinating the school's response to sexual violence.

One board member reiterated the findings of Pepper Hamilton 13-page summary report, namely, that the football team was above the law.

"There was a cultural issue there that was putting winning football games above everything else, including our values," said J. Cary Gray, a lawyer and member of the Baylor board of regents. More broadly, he said, "we did not have a caring community when it came to these women who reported that they were assaulted. And that is not OK."

When the board of regents asked him what went wrong, even then he couldn't bring himself to blurt out much more than corporate platitudes.

Baylor regents said that when Mr. Briles was asked what he would have done differently, he broke down and wept. Many board members began to cry as well.

"He couldn't speak he was so upset, and all of us were," Mr. Gray said. "Art said, 'I delegated down, and I know I shouldn't have. And I had a system where I was the last to know, and I should have been the first to know.'"

Mr. Cannon said Mr. Briles quoted Scripture and expressed his regrets over the painful situation Baylor was in, but didn't admit to wrongdoing.

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