Baylor fires associate director for football operations

WACO, Texas -- Scandal-plagued Baylor dismissed its associate director for football operations about a month after he was hired, USA TODAY Sports confirmed late Monday night.

DeMarkco Butler was hired Feb. 15 by new head football coach Matt Rhule, who was tasked with righting a football program that had several players linked to sexual and domestic assaults. KWTX-TV, the CBS affiliate in Waco, Texas, reported that Butler was fired for sending inappropriate texts to a teenager

“DeMarkco Butler is no longer employed by Baylor University,” Baylor athletics department spokesperson David Kaye said in an iMessage to USA TODAY Sports. “As a personnel matter, we have no further comment.”

The person who allegedly received the texts from Butler — whose Twitter timeline was stocked with several bible verses, at least before he made it private after around midnight ET Monday — is considered an adult under Texas law, according to KWTX-TV.

Butler, 28, is the second staffer dismissed from Rhule’s new staff. Brandon Washington, an assistant strength and conditioning coach, was fired after an arrest as part of prostitution sting at a Waco hotel in February.

An outside law firm, Pepper Hamilton, issued a report of its investigation that led to the firing of head coach Art Briles and demotion of President Ken Starr, who eventually resigned, last May. The investigation found that Briles acted as if he was “above the rules” and members of his staff had improper contact with victims or witnesses that hindered investigations.

At least 17 women reported being sexually assaulted by 19 football players, according to Baylor officials. A lawsuit brought by one of the alleged victims stated Baylor fostered a “culture of sexual violence.”

Butler, a native of Rantoul, Ill ., was previously the director of football operations of Western Illinois University and he played football for Monmouth College.

(© 2017 USA TODAY)


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