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Art Briles took Baylor from doormat to championships, but his rise was undone by lack of discipline to athletes charged with sexual assault. Here's a timeline of Briles' career.

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

I really hope this change is seen through at Baylor. From university release: "A centralized hub of student conduct information will provide a level of "early warning" for those students who are at risk or who may place others at risk. The university will ensure the accountability of employees by making clear the violation of reporting obligations could be cause for discharge. Additionally, processes will be put in place to ensure all instances of interpersonal violence, regardless of where they originate, will be evaluated under the Title IX office."

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Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin left Chiefs practice early with an apparent injury, though the situation didn't look serious. Maclin was slow to get off the ground after making a catch during a 7 on 7 passing drill. He walked on his own to the sideline, where he received no medical attention but did consult with trainer Rick Burkholder. Maclin soon left for the locker room unaccompanied by medical personnel.

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How common are situations like Baylor's?
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espnW columnist Kate Fagan examines the power dynamic of football programs on college campuses and how it contributes to situations like the one at Baylor.

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Max Olson @max_olson

Baylor assistants Kendal Briles, Cris Dishman just left football facility. Declined to talk to reporters.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Struggling reliever Chasen Shreve is going on the DL with a shoulder issue. He is being checked by doctors to figure out the severity.

Marine surprises kids with umpire scheme

After a deployment in Japan, Master Sgt. Randy Brock made his way to home plate, where he donned an umpire uniform and surprised his son during his at-bat.

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens statement on losing one week of OTA for rules violation: "We made a mistake and we are sorry for that. We accept the NFL discipline."

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens forfeit one week of OTAs (June 1-3) and fined team and John Harbaugh for violating offseason rules. Team put players in pads at rookie minicamp.

Travis Haney ESPN Staff Writer 

This excerpt from Pepper Hamilton's Baylor report strikes at the heart of the overarching story: The upstart program grew too big, too fast - and it became win-at-all-costs. Corners were cut, risks were taken. Eventually, it all caught up with the school and coach Art Briles.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Does Matt Harvey have shoulder weakness or fatigue? Why do I ask? Innings 1-3 his ERA is 3.03; innings 4-6 his ERA is 9.89. Pitches 1-25 opponents hit .212 against him and pitches 51-75 they bat .424 against him. In addition, velocity of all pitches decline accordingly. Pitch selection 2nd and 3rd time around the lineup could be a factor but not enough to explain the vast differential. These facts should not be ignored by the Mets in diagnosing his struggles.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Asked for his thoughts on Art Briles' firing, Baylor ESPN 300 receiver commit Hezekiah Jones of Stafford (Texas) High School said "it's crazy." When asked if he'll decommit, he said "we'll see." Despite his pledge, Jones has continued to be heavily recruited by Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and many others.

Mark Schlabach @Mark_Schlabach

Baylor officials said the school had hired a New York law firm to make contact with the NCAA about potential rules violations

Gene Wojciechowski @GenoEspn

Maybe wishful thinking, but I hope we look back and say this was day college athletics was changed forever. A new awareness was established.

Matt Wilansky Tennis editor 

A day of milestones at the French Open on Thursday: Rafael Nadal won his 200th Grand Slam match Novak Djokovic won his 50th match at Roland Garros Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who came back from two sets down against Marcos Baghdatis, secured his 100th career Grand Slam match-win.

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Joe Schad @schadjoe

Report says Baylor football coaches/staff sometimes met directly w complainants or their family and didn't report it further

Brett McMurphy @McMurphyESPN

Baylor admits to "directly discouraging some complainants from reporting (incidents) & retaliated against one for reporting sexual assault"

Baylor to fire Briles after investigation

An independent review of Baylor's institutional response to Title IX and related compliance issues was conducted by Pepper Hamilton, who found there was a fundamental failure by Baylor to implement those processes. PDF

Adam Rittenberg @ESPNRittenberg

More: "The football program failed to identify and maintain controls over known risks, and unreasonably accepted known risks." Wow

Heather Dinich @CFBHeather

I applaud the women who were brave enough to come forward at Baylor and hope this case inspires others and forces every program to take note

Is Art Briles dismissal a culture-changer?
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Michael Smith says Baylor "chose women over wins and losses."

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Joe Schad @schadjoe

…failed to take action to identify and eliminate a potential hostile environment, prevent its recurrence or address its effects.