Tom Hill, a former Baylor University athletics staffer fired amid the school’s sexual assault scandal, filed a petition Thursday seeking all documents and information found in an external investigation, as well as the reasons he was fired.
“I want my name cleared of being associated with this ordeal,” Hill said Thursday. “I want my integrity to be restored, my reputation to be restored and the facts behind why I was fired. I want to know why they fired an innocent man. I want Baylor to be transparent.”
Hill, 52, said he had no involvement with any Baylor football players accused of sexual assault since 2011. He was the associate athletics director for community relations and special projects and he worked at Baylor for 28 years in various athletics positions. He started at the university as a track and field coach.
Through his Dallas lawyer, Rogge Dunn, Hill is also seeking depositions from Baylor Board of Regents Chairman Ron Murff and regents David Harper and Mark Lovvorn.
Dunn said this Rule 202 petition requires a judge to hold a hearing in about 30 days to decide which depositions and documents will be granted. The petition was filed in Dallas County, where the regents live.
Murff, Harper and Lovvorn did not respond to voicemails Thursday, and a Baylor spokeswoman declined comment.
“This 202 will benefit not only Mr. Hill, but the Baylor alumni, the current students, faculty and general public that have a right to know what was going on,” Dunn said. “This filing, if it’s granted, will promote full transparency on a much faster or expedited basis.”
Hill said he does not know if the requested information would clear Art Briles of any wrongdoing but said it “very likely might.” Briles was fired as head football coach in May and recently reached a settlement with Baylor.
Hill said he asked a Baylor official why he was fired, and the official said, “I am not at liberty to discuss the reasons why the (board of regents) fired you. If you have a lawyer, I may be able to discuss these issues with them.”
Dunn reached out to Doug Welch, Baylor’s assistant general counsel, asking why Hill was fired. Dunn said he has not received a response.
Dunn said Hill was offered a $34,373 severance package, contingent on Hill agreeing to not make negative statements about Baylor or the football program. Hill rejected the severance deal.
“If Tom was guilty of some terrible misdeed, why are you offering a 30,000 severance?” Dunn said.
Pepper Hamilton LLP, the Philadelphia law firm that conducted the nine-month investigation, found a “fundamental failure” by the university to implement Title IX. Regents released a 13-page “Findings of Fact,” outlining the investigation. The law firm’s 105 recommendations to Baylor were also publicly released.
Hill said a Pepper Hamilton attorney interviewed him for about 20 minutes. He was asked if he knew anything surrounding an alleged incident involving a Baylor volleyball player and what he would do if someone came to him and reported a rape.
Since 2014, two Baylor football players, Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu, have been convicted on sexual assault charges. Shawn Oakman, a member of the 2015 team, was arrested in April on a sexual assault charge and has since been indicted.
Hill was fired shortly thereafter, along with Colin Shillinglaw, assistant athletics director of football operations. Hill said Shillinglaw was suspended with intent to terminate and that Shillinglaw is still under contract.