Baylor coaches disagree with regents on what Briles knew

Art Briles
FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2014, file photo, Baylor coach Art Briles walks the sideline during his team's NCAA college football game against Buffalo in Amherst, N.Y. Baylor University will conduct an investigation into the school's handling of sexual assault allegations against a football player who was allowed to transfer into Briles' program despite a history of disciplinary problems at Boise State. Following the conviction of defensive end Sam Ukwuachu on sexual assault charges, Baylor President Ken Starr on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, called for a "comprehensive internal inquiry into the circumstances associated with the case and the conduct of the offices involved." (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor’s assistant football coaches are disputing claims by school regents that former coach Art Briles knew of a gang rape involving a player.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the assistant coaches issued a statement on Twitter on Friday.

The coaches say the alleged victim reported an incident to her sport’s coach, who then reported it to ex-athletic director Ian McCaw. The coaches claim Briles wasn’t told about the incident until nine months later. Briles was fired in May.

The newspaper reports regent David Harper told its editorial board that Briles knew of the allegations of at least one gang rape.

Briles’ attorney, Ernest Cannon, says Briles did “everything that he was required to.”

Baylor has been widely criticized over claims it mishandled sexual assault cases for several years.

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