Liberty University hires former Baylor AD Ian McCaw

Ian McCaw has a new job, less than six months after resigning as the Baylor University athletics director.

McCaw, who resigned May 31 amid a sexual assault scandal at Baylor that was especially prevalent within the school’s football program, will be the new athletics director at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Liberty, a Christian school that enrolls over 15,000 residential students and over 94,000 more online, boasts a “strong Christian foundation” for its attendees.

“My vision for Liberty is to position it as a pre-eminent Christian athletic program in America and garner the same type of appeal among the Christian community as Notre Dame achieves among the Catholic community and BYU garners from the Mormons,” McCaw said in a release published to the university’s website.

Liberty competes in the Big South Conference in 18 of 20 varsity sports. Its women’s swimming team is part of the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association, while its field hockey team joined the Big East Conference in 2016.

Its football team competes in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

McCaw resigned from his position at Baylor five days after former head football coach Art Briles was fired and Ken Starr was demoted for their alleged roles in the scandal. Starr later severed all ties with the university.

Pepper Hamilton, an independent law firm tapped to review Baylor’s student conduct process, found the school’s implementation of Title IX to be “wholly inadequate” and uncovered a lack of support for -- and even retaliation against -- sexual assault victims.

In October, the Wall Street Journal published a report saying Pepper Hamilton’s review detailed allegations involving 17 women and 19 players.

Mack Rhoades took over as Baylor's athletic director in July.

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