According to a report by Brad Reagan at the Wall Street Journal, the NCAA has notified Baylor that it will not pursue sanctions against the university or football program. Our sources have also heard similar comments from the NCAA. From the article:
The National Collegiate Athletic Association has notified Baylor that it won’t exert its executive authority to impose sweeping sanctions against the school for broad institutional failings, and will instead follow its normal investigative process, according to people familiar with the matter.
The program still faces a more narrow NCAA probe, even as it copes with the increasingly messy aftermath of its decision in May to fire popular football coach Art Briles.
This is good news for a program that is looking to rebuild after a mass exodus of signees and most of the 2017 recruiting class. Baylor is expected to be in formal communication with prospective coaches starting on December 4th, the day after their season-ending game at West Virginia.
With NCAA sanctions not hanging over their head, the Bears ability to attract a marquee coach should not be limited.
The NCAA is still performing a formal probe of the football program, but that is more centered on " whether Baylor athletes received preferential treatment through the school’s disciplinary process, which could be an impermissible benefit under NCAA rules,"
However, the complete failings of the Baylor Title IX and discipline departments have not shown any bias in the favor of athletes, at least to this point.null