Former Baylor football coach Art Briles and former athletic director Ian McCaw failed to report an allegation of a 2012 sexual assault involving five football players to the university's judicial affairs office, according to a statement released by the school Friday night.
According to the statement:
A female student-athlete informed her coach in April 2013 that the football players had sexually assaulted her a year earlier;
She provided the players' names to her coach;
The woman's coach shared details of the allegation and the football players' names to Briles, McCaw and assistant athletic director Thomas Hill;
None of them, including the woman's coach, informed judicial affairs officials of the allegation -- and that they have confirmed as much to the university over the course of the past year.
The university's statement contradicts portions of what Baylor's assistant football coaches -- including Briles' son, Kendal, and son-in-law, Jeff Lebby -- wrote in a statement shared via Twitter last week.
The coaches tweeted their statement in response to comments made by Baylor regent David Harper during an interview with the Dallas Morning News, in which he said he knew of at least one instance when Briles was told of an allegation of gang rape and didn't report it to proper authorities.
"He was made aware of one of the allegations of a gang rape," Harper told the Morning News. "At least one of them. I can't tell you if he knew or didn't know about the others."
According to the assistant football coaches' ensuing statement:
McCaw instructed the alleged victim's coach to report the incident to Baylor's office of judicial affairs, and that the coach did so;
The alleged victim's coach informed Briles that he reported the incident to McCaw and judicial affairs;
Briles told the coach to report the alleged incident to police and prosecute the players if there was any wrongdoing;
The woman's coach stated that "Briles followed up" and was informed that the alleged victim did not want to report the incident to police.
Baylor officials disputed those claims in the statement released Friday night, saying records and interviews with judicial affairs employees confirm that no one reported the gang rape allegations to judicial affairs in 2013.
The university statement also alleged that McCaw denied knowing about the alleged gang rape when he was questioned by the school's Title IX office in 2015, and that later in 2015 he acknowledged that the female student-athlete's coach had told him about the allegation in 2013.
McCaw has not responded to multiple interview requests from ESPN. Briles could not be immediately reached for comment.
In a statement released on the school's website Thursday, Board of Regents chairman Ron Murff said Briles was fired in late May for a pattern of poor decisions.
"We needed new leadership for our administration, our athletics department and our football team," Murff said. "Many have second-guessed those decisions. But I need to make clear that, as brilliant and successful as Coach Briles was, he will not be returning to Baylor.
"This change in leadership was not based on any single incident, but on the weight of the information presented to us and a pattern of poor decisions over a range of disciplinary issues, not just sexual assault. The internal system of discipline operated by the coach was not in line with the University's mission and obligations."