New Baylor football coach Matt Rhulepresumably was brought in to help get the Bears back on track after a year of upheaval stemming froma sexual assault scandal.
The focus is on football beginning Saturday as his first spring drills at Baylor begin, but on Thursday he addressed more off-field problems — with staff members Rhule hired.
Assistant director of football operations DeMarkco Butler was fired, reportedly for sending inappropriate texts to a teen, and assistant strength coach Brandon Washington was dismissed after his arrest in a prostitution sting operation in Waco.
"I can't really comment on the specifics because they were personnel matters," Rhule said (via ESPN.com). "But what I will say is, I feel like we've established clear expectations and a code of conduct for every person —for myself, for coaches, for the staff, for the players. I think hopefully everyone knows in our program that if you fail to meet those expectations, you're going to be held accountable."
Despite the staffers' missteps, Rhule said he's comfortable with how they were vetted before they were hired and that he thinks the university was right to terminate the two. He's just sorry the actions of the few reflect on his whole staff, ironically a sentiment expressed frequently and more broadly on the Waco campus in the year before Rhule's arrival.
"Personally, I'm disappointed that all these wonderful coaches and staff who are doing things the right way, that this has kind of overshadowed what they're doing, that it reflected poorly on the men that work for us," Rhule said. "But at the end of the day, we all know there's a standard we're setting and if you don't meet that standard, action will be taken."
Baylor is still facing multiple federal lawsuits stemming from how former coach Art Briles, his staff and the athletic department handled allegations of sexual assaults by football players.