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As Baylor fires Art Briles, president Ken Starr and AD Ian McCaw are also in trouble

The fallout in Waco is reaching more high-level administrators.

Ken Starr, Baylor's soon-to-be former president.
Ken Starr, Baylor's soon-to-be former president.
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Update: Both Starr and McCaw have since departed from Baylor, Starr doing so on June 1 by resigning from his reassigned chancellor position and McCaw resigning on May 30 after the hiring of Jim Grobe as acting head coach.

Baylor University fired head football coach Art Briles on Thursday, stemming from a nearly year-long scandal over how his program handled allegations of player violence against women. But Briles isn't the only powerful person in Waco in trouble.

The university announced, in addition, that president Ken Starr (the former independent counsel who investigated Bill Clinton in the 1990s) will give up his role as the school's president at the end of May. He'll continue to serve as a law school chair and as Baylor's chancellor -- a separate position -- under "terms that are still being discussed." Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw has been "sanctioned and placed on probation."

Briles, officially, is under indefinite suspension with the intent to terminate his contract. The school's report included findings by a third-party law firm that Briles' coaching staff failed to report allegations of player misconduct.

Other members of Baylor's administration have also been dismissed, but the school said it won't identify all of them publicly. Baylor appears prepared to undergo a significant administrative realignment.

This is Baylor's second major athletic scandal since the turn of the century.

McCaw took over as the athletic director in 2003, after a Bears basketball player murdered teammate Patrick Dennehy that summer, along with an attempted cover up by head coach Dave Bliss.

Last July, McCaw told SB Nation in an interview for a separate story that he'd been focused on building bridges while the school tried to move on from that story.

"We started closest to home," McCaw said. "We needed to reestablish trust with everybody because of what had happened but I think our staff probably was the biggest challenge quite honestly. Because of what happened with the basketball scandal, they felt very violated. We had people we thought we could trust and we were mislead and 'look what's happened to us.' We started closest to home and built it out."

Fostering trust was an important part of McCaw's job.

"Trust isn't like a light switch. You don't just flick it on. You have to demonstrate trust by being consistent over a period of time. Once people learn who you are, how you do things, you slowly gain their trust and their confidence," he said. "That's what you have to do."

Now, Baylor will have to do it again, and it isn't clear whether McCaw will be a part of it.

"We want to be the nation's premier Christian intercollegiate program," McCaw said. "That was the vision we cast, that was put into our strategic plan."