Ian McCaw RA

Liberty University has hired former Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw as its new AD, announcing the move at a Monday press conference.

McCaw served as Baylor’s athletic director from Sept. 2003 until May 2016. McCaw resigned in May in the aftermath of the sexual assault scandal that also led to the firing of head football coach Art Briles and the eventual departure of President Ken Starr.

Liberty’s football team plays Baylor on Sept. 2, 2017, in the season opener for both schools.

Liberty is located in Lynchburg, Va., and plays NCAA Division I athletics in 20 sports. For most sports, it competes in the Big South Conference.

McCaw replaces Jeff Barber, who resigned as Liberty AD on Nov. 18.

McCaw’s time at Baylor was marked by unprecedented success on the field of play. Baylor won national championships in men’s tennis (2004), women’s basketball (2005, 2012) and acrobatics and tumbling (2015, ‘16) under his watch, the total list of national titles for the school. He hired Briles, who resurrected the football program from a 16-year bowl drought and guided it to six bowl trips and consecutive Big 12 championships. That success led to the construction of Baylor’s $266-million on-campus football home, McLane Stadium.

But McCaw’s time at Baylor ended in controversy. An investigation by law firm Pepper Hamilton uncovered “institutional failures” in the way the school and athletic department handled sexual assault cases. Last week Baylor settled a lawsuit with two women who reported being gang-raped by football players in 2012.

Prior to coming to Baylor, McCaw was athletic director at the University of Massachusetts from 2002-03, following a stint as AD at Northeastern from 1997-2002.

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