Over the course of the last month and a half, Baylor University and the Bears football team has been embroiled in a wide ranging scandal. There is a ton of information out there about this, which includes alleged sexual assaults, covering up of those assaults, and more. You can read the storystream on the right from the main SBNation site for more in-depth coverage and conversation about this.
Focusing on the football side of things, several highly rated players in Baylor's 2016 recruiting class requested releases from their NLIs once this scandal broke. For weeks, Baylor refused to grant releases to these players. That was a major sticking point as the players in question could not transfer to another school on scholarship without being granted a release.
After weeks of standing firm on this point, Baylor announced on Thursday evening that 5 of their 2016 signees had been granted releases.
Baylor grants five 2016 signees their release https://t.co/kezuu6Hy2W— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) June 23, 2016
Trib story on Baylor releasing 5 football players from National Letter of Intent: https://t.co/GutAqnRBb8— John Werner (@JohnWernerTrib) June 23, 2016
"I wanted the opportunity to talk with our signees and their families before providing any releases," Grobe said. "This has never been about whether or not we would ultimately provide individuals with a release. We simply asked that we go through the process outlined by the NLI, take some time and have the chance to speak with the student-athletes and their parents." - Waco Tribune