Former president of Baylor University defending Art Briles

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AUSTIN, Texas – Ken Starr, the former president and chancellor of Baylor University, is defending former head football coach Art Briles by saying he’s “an honorable man who conducted an honorable program.”

Starr spoke Saturday at the Texas Tribune Festival about the sexual assault scandal involving several former football players, Title IX efforts to prevent gender discrimination, and other matters.

Starr suggested Briles didn’t deserve to be fired by Baylor’s regents.

But he acknowledged the university’s response to women who complained early about being assaulted was “completely insufficient.”

An outside review determined that for years the school mishandled rape allegations and the football program operated as it if was above the rules.

Briles was fired in May and Starr soon after was removed as president. He later resigned as chancellor.

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