Baylor found its way into the news cycle and once again the headlines were not at all positive for the school’s football program.
According to an ESPN report, yet another Title IX lawsuit was filed against the school in federal court on Wednesday — the fourth such suit overall and the third involving a former football player.
Former Baylor student Dolores Lozano accused former Bears tailback Devin Chafin of assaulting her three times in 2014 and alleges she told several people at the school but that her allegations were ignored. The lawsuit stated that current running backs coach Jeff Lebby and associate athletic director Nancy Post were among those informed of the incidents at the time.
Despite the accusations from Lozano, it is unclear if the school ever opened an investigation into the matter after first becoming aware of the assaults. Chafin was suspended for a limited time prior to the 2015 season but that stemmed mostly from charges of marijuana possession. He rushed for 578 yards and nine touchdowns last year but transferred and currently plays at Missouri Southern State according to reports.
News of yet another Title IX lawsuit comes on the same day that former head coach Art Briles surfaced as a “guest” coach for the Cleveland Browns. He was fired this past spring after lawfirm Pepper Hamilton issued a report that coaches and administrators did not properly handle allegations of sexual assault but has been seen at several NFL training camps over the past few months.
In addition to Briles, school president Ken Starr, athletic director Ian McCaw and Title IX coordinator Patty Crawford were among those who have either resigned or been terminated as a result of the scandal.
Baylor’s football team is 5-0 on the season heading into Saturday’s game against Kansas and the highest ranked Big 12 team at No. 11 in the latest AP Poll.