Baylor responds to reports university fired president Ken Starr amid football scandal
In the wake of a report by Tuesday by Scout.com‘s Texas college site that Baylor president Ken Starr has been fired by BU’s board of regents, a Baylor spokesperson issued a statement intimating that no such decision has yet been made.
"The Baylor Board of Regents continues its work to review the findings of the Pepper Hamilton investigation and we anticipate further communication will come after the Board completes its deliberations," Tonya Lewis said in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon. "We will not respond to rumors, speculation or reports based on unnamed sources, but when official news is available, the University will provide it. We expect an announcement by June 3."
Baylor and its football program have been at the center of a series of sexual assault allegations. Last September, Baylor hired Pepper Hamilton, a Philadelphia law firm, after Bears defensive lineman Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of sexually assaulting a fellow student.
Starr has been Baylor president since 2010. He was the special prosecutor who investigated President Bill Clinton’s sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
In a February statement issued by university, Starr said, "Our hearts break for those whose lives are impacted by execrable acts of sexual violence." At a prayer breakfast last month, Starr told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "I am in favor of transparency. Stand up, take your medicine if you made a mistake."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.