New Baylor coach Jim Grobe: School's priorities being realigned

Acting Baylor football coach Jim Grobe says changes are being made to the university's priorities in the wake of a report about its handling of allegations of sexual assault by students, including football players.

The school held an introductory press conference on Friday for Grobe. He's replacing Art Briles, who was dismissed last week as the summary of the report was released.

"Baylor's priorities are being realigned to ensure that they are in order," Grobe said. "The No. 1 priority here is to make sure that all students live in a safe and caring environment. ... Nothing in our program can be more important than character. I've had a chance in this short amount of time to realize we have a great group of kids and a coaching staff that really cares about the kids. Winning is very, very important, but not at the expense of character and integrity."

He also said he has a zero-tolerance policy for egregious acts like bullying and sexual assault.

Grobe, who has 19 years of coaching experience in college football, previously served as Wake Forest's head coach. He resigned after the 2013 season and was out of coaching before being hired by Baylor on Monday.

Grobe said he has an agreement with Baylor through the 2016 season. He also revealed he intends to retain Briles' staff, including Briles' son and son-in-law, and will not make changes to the offense or defense.

The summary of the Pepper Hamilton law firm's report revealed that coaches and staff "conducted their own untrained internal inquiries, outside of policy, which improperly discredited complainants and denied them the right to a fair, impartial and informed investigation, interim measures or processes promised under University policy."

Last week, in response to the report, Baylor moved to fire Briles, demoted school president Ken Starr and placed athletic director Ian McCaw on probation. Starr resigned his post as chancellor and McCaw stepped down earlier this week.

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