NCAA hands Baylor University probation, fine after sex assault scandal investigation

AP file photo by LM Otero / Baylor University in Waco, Texas, was informed Wednesday that the NCAA infractions committee's years-long investigation into a sexual assault scandal would result in four years of probation and other sanctions for its football program, though the "unacceptable" behavior at the heart of the case did not violate NCAA rules.

The NCAA said Wednesday that its long investigation of the Baylor University sexual assault scandal would result in nothing more than probation and other relatively minor sanctions because the egregious, "unacceptable" behavior at the heart of the case did not violate the college sports governing body's rules.

The NCAA ruling came more than five years after the scandal rocked the world's largest Baptist university, leading to the firing of successful football coach Art Briles and the departure of athletic director Ian McCaw and school president Ken Starr.

The NCAA said the allegations centered on conduct never before presented to the Committee on Infractions, which has existed since 1951, and that Baylor "shielded football student-athletes from the institution's disciplinary process and failed to report allegations of abhorrent misconduct by football student-athletes, including instances of sexual and interpersonal violence."