Baylor officials released a two-paragraph response today in regard to an ESPN.com report outlining possible NCAA sanctions against the Bears’ men’s and women’s basketball programs following an investigation that uncovered more than 1,200 impermissible phone calls and text messages during a 29-month span.
The NCAA enforcement staff’s investigation began in 2008 and Baylor already has self-imposed several penalties that could be a factor in the sanctioning process.
In the response, Baylor officials declined comment and called the report “premature,” saying school officials had not see the release outlining the final decision by the NCAA Committee on Infractions.
The Baylor response stated: “Baylor University has been involved in a three-year joint investigation with the NCAA enforcement staff. The university has not received the release outlining the final decision from the NCAA Committee on Infractions concerning the case.
“Regarding today’s premature public reports of the matter, the institution remains committed to protecting the integrity of the totality of the case in accordance with its obligations under NCAA legislation and therefore the university, and its officials, will make no comment.”
_ Jimmy Burch