Bowlsby: Some in league feel Baylor scandal 'sullied' image

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby addresses attendees during Big 12 media day, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Dallas. With expansion still an unsettled issue for the Big 12 Conference, Commissioner Bowlsby gave his annual state of the league address to open football media days. And a day later he meets with the league's board of directors. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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DALLAS (AP) Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says there are members of the league's board of directors who feel the sexual assault scandal at Baylor has sullied the image of the conference.

Bowlsby said Monday at the start of the league's football media days that Baylor interim President David E. Garland and the chairman of the school's board of regents will address the Big 12 board Tuesday in Dallas.

Baylor is reeling from allegations that its staff failed to properly handled accusations of sexual assault involving some of its former players. The school faces at least three lawsuits over the issue.

Bowlsby says Big 12 members are committed to ''eradicating sexual assault'' on campus. He says ''it almost goes without saying that when you combine alcohol and drugs and raging hormones and the experiences of 18-22 years old, it's probably unrealistic to think that these kinds of things are never going to happen.''

The Big 12 has asked Baylor for a full accounting relative to the alleged sexual assaults on campus and the university's response to that situation.