Ken Starr Discusses Baylor Resignation, Art Briles, More

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2016

Baylor University President Ken Starr testifies at the House Committee on Education and Workforce on college athletes forming unions, on May 8, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
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Following his demotion as president and resignation as chancellor at Baylor University, Ken Starr commented in an interview with KWTX on the sexual assault scandal that rocked the school.

Starr announced his resignation Wednesday in an interview with Outside the Lines (h/t ESPN.com), and he addressed the reasoning behind his decision in the interview, via KWTX.com: "That's why I resigned, as a matter of conscience, so I can call on the board of regents, who are good people and love Baylor, but they have continued to follow a policy that I had to follow as an official. But I urge them toward transparency, transparency."

An awkward moment occurred when interviewer Julie Hays asked him if he had seen an email with the subject line "I was raped at Baylor" sent to him by a former Baylor student who alleged she was raped at the school in 2010.

Starr initially replied, "I honestly may have. I'm not denying that I saw it," before communication specialist Merrie Spaeth interrupted the interview and had Starr change his answer, as seen in this video via KWTX News 10's Facebook page:

Starr's revised response upon returning to the interview was, "I honestly have no recollection of seeing such an email, and I believe that I would remember seeing such an email. The president of the University gets lots of emails. I don't even see a lot of the emails that come into the office of the President. I have no recollection of it. None," per KWTX.com.

Additionally, Baylor head football coach Art Briles was fired May 26, but Starr stood behind him and the winning program he built at the school:

Art Briles is a coach of second chance. Did he make misjudgments? I'll leave that to the board, the board has made its judgment. I am here to say coach Briles and this program are good. He's a good person, the program is a good person, [and] I'm going to vigorously defend it because I love these young men.

Briles has since been replaced by interim head coach Jim Grobe, while David Garland was named interim president in Starr's stead.

Along with those shakeups, several recruits have decommitted from Baylor following the scandal. 

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