Four Baylor football players have been suspended, according to head coach Matt Rhule. He did say some are suspended by the team and others by Baylor as they investigate an incident.
"I can't get into too numerous details on this specific incident", Rhule said.
The women first reported the alleged crime to Baylor equestrian coach Casie Maxwell, who sent the accusations to the school's Title IX office and Baylor police Chief Brad Wigtil, according to a March 2 letter from one of the University's attorneys to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
Rhule did not get into any specific detail about the suspensions or the allegations.
Rhule is not a member of the committee of school officials who made the decision to suspend the players. 'I really don't know too numerous details on this specific incident, but I do know things have been handled the right way'.
The names of the players have not been made public, and it's not clear whether they could rejoin the team pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation. However, he did maintain throughout his answer that the processes at Baylor in handling the allegations were done "the right way" - clearly, a major sticking point for the university in the wake of its scandal involving sexual assault and abuse towards women.
The scandal eventually led to the firing of then-coach Art Briles and the resignation of Baylor's president, Ken Starr, as well as the school announcing a year ago that it had implemented 105 recommendations for improvement from the law firm.
As of yet, no charges have been filed and the case has not been brought before a grand jury. The alleged incident occurred on November 12 - in the hours after the football team's loss to Texas Tech - with the victims in question reporting the matter to the police on November 17.
An internal investigation of that scandal by a Philadelphia law firm hired by the school found that Baylor's football program operated like it was "above the rules" and that coaches and staff interfered when people came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, according to FOX4News.
Baylor President Linda Livingstone released the below statement Tuesday evening via a university spokesperson.
'The responsibility of responding to alleged incidents of sexual violence does not rest exclusively in the hands of any specific individual or unit. On Tuesday, Rhule confirmed Title IX training and mandatory online training were now parts of his program. It is a University response dictated by our Title IX policy, ' she continued. "And, from what I've seen, the university has carried them out and everything has been done in a way that it should be done". "Baylor University remains committed to providing for the safety and security of our campus community." .