Despite multiple reports indicating Baylor president Ken Starr has been fired, the university released an official statement Tuesday afternoon refusing to comment on Starr's job status.
Starr, along with Baylor football coach Art Briles, has come under intense scrutiny for his handling of numerous allegations of assault, both physical and sexual, involving former members of the football team.
"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," read a statement provided to CBS Sports. "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."
June 3, as it turns out, is the final day of the annual Big 12 spring meetings.
Chip Brown of Horns Digest reported earlier Tuesday that Starr had been fired by university regents; he previously reported that Starr would be the "fall guy" for the numerous allegations of assault involving Baylor football players.
Later Tuesday, KCEN in Central Texas also reported Starr had been fired.
SOURCES CONFIRM: Baylor University has fired President Ken Starr.— KCEN News (@KCENNews) May 24, 2016
Starr's job status may be undetermined, but the criticism of the Baylor president has been loud as of late. In May, the Dallas Morning News chronicled Starr's silence throughout an alarming year of assault allegations at the university.
Earlier in May, ESPN's Outside the Lines unearthed previously unreported assault allegations of sexual and physical natures against Baylor football players. Additionally, the OTL report indicated the Waco Police Department went out of its way to shield allegations from the public -- Waco police sergeant W. Patrick Swanton called the ESPN report "sensationalism in journalism" -- and that victims didn't feel they could come forward with their claims.
In April, former Bears defensive end Shawn Oakman was arrested on sexual assault charges. According to an affidavit obtained by the Waco Tribune-Herald, the "woman met Oakman at a Baylor-area bar on Speight Avenue and Oakman asked her if she wanted to go to his residence. They walked to Oakman's duplex and Oakman 'forced' her into a bedroom." Oakman allegedly then "'forcibly removed' the woman's clothes, 'forced' her onto the bed and sexually assaulted her."
Last fall, Texas Monthly detailed the silence at Baylor surrounding sexual assault allegations involving former defensive end Sam Ukwuachu and linebacker Tevin Elliott.
In response to these allegations, Baylor hired the law firm of Pepper Hamilton to conduct an investigation into the school's handling of alleged incidents.
Baylor, a private institution, does not have to release the findings of this investigation, though it has indicated that at least portions will be made public.