Former Baylor University head football coach Art Briles is not the only former employee saying he was wrongfully removed amid the school’s sexual assault scandal.
Tom Hill, a former associate athletics director reportedly terminated May 31, wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday night he was “wrongfully fired” while Baylor tried to take “decisive action.”
“In its rush to do so, however, Baylor has wrongfully thrown the innocent out in my situation,” Hill said in the post.
Hill, who led community relations and special projects, is no longer listed in the athletics department staff directory. Colin Shillinglaw, assistant athletic director for football operations, also is no longer listed.
When Pepper Hamilton LLP found “fundamental failures,” in the way Baylor handled claims of sexual assault, Baylor’s board of regents removed Ken Starr as president and Briles as head football coach. Ian McCaw resigned as athletics director days later.
Regents said other employees were fired but declined to identify them or say how many would be fired.
“I am working hard to vindicate my reputation,” Hill wrote in his post. “I have worked tirelessly for Baylor University the last 28 years. I love the university, its students and, most importantly, its mission. Those are the reasons I came to Baylor and our kids go to school at Baylor. With support from you and others in the Baylor Community, I am optimistic that I will be vindicated. God is in control.”
There is no indication Hill has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Baylor.
Hill said he did not wish to comment for this article. Baylor officials, including Deputy Athletics Director Todd Patulski, also declined comment.
Briles reached an agreement with Baylor on Friday, longtime regent Clifton Robinson said. University spokespeople and one of Briles’ lawyers would not confirm the agreement, but Robinson said, “the Briles era is over.”
Robinson owned the Tribune-Herald from 2009 to 2012.
According to the board, Pepper Hamilton found “a cultural perception that football was above the rules.”
“In certain instances, including reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, athletics and football personnel affirmatively chose not to report sexual violence and dating violence to an appropriate administrator outside of athletics,” the board said.
Since 2014, two former football players, Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu, have been convicted of sexual assault. Another, Shawn Oakman, was arrested on a sexual assault charge in April. Others have been named in Waco police reports alleging sexual and physical violence.