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Former Baylor president Starr resigns as school chancellor

WACO, Yexas (AP) - Ken Starr has resigned as Baylor University's chancellor, a week after he was removed as president of the Texas school amid a scandal over its treatment of sexual assault cases involving football players.

Starr told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" for an interview broadcast Wednesday that he didn't know about the allegations of sexual assault involving members of Baylor's vaunted football program, but that he "willingly accepted responsibility."

He says he'll continue to teach at Baylor's law school.

Starr was the special prosecutor who investigated former President Bill Clinton's affair with a White House intern. He had been Baylor president since 2010.

An investigation released last week found that under Starr's leadership, Baylor did little to respond to accusations of sexual assault involving football players over several years.

School regents had allowed him to stay as chancellor for external fundraising. Baylor officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Ken Starr says he will resign as Baylor University chancellor

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by Matthew Watkins, The Texas Tribune

Days after he was stripped of his job as Baylor University president over a scandal about how the school handled accusations of sexual assault, Ken Starr said he will also resign as chancellor of the private Baptist school.

In an interview with ESPN published Wednesday, Starr said he will remain as a law professor at the university. It's unclear when the resignation will go into effect or it has been submitted.

"We need to put this horrible experience behind us," Starr said in the interview. "We need to be honest."

A school spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Read More: Starr helped usher in a golden age at Baylor, and then watched it turn sour

Until last week, Starr held the job of president and chancellor. He was removed from his president post by the school's board of regents after an investigation commissioned by the school found that Baylor failed to sufficiently investigate allegations of sexual assault against students, and football players in particular. The school also didn't provide sufficient support to victims who reported those assaults, the report said.

The chancellor job is mostly a figurehead role, board members said last week. It doesn't have any operating responsibilities, and Starr would mostly focus on fundraising and "religious freedom" issues, they said. But the move still generated criticism from people who felt Starr shouldn't remain in a prominent role after the scandal.

Starr has said publicly that he didn't know about the numerous cases of sexual assault until last fall, when the investigation into their handling was commissioned. But in the interview with ESPN, he took some responsibility.

"The captain goes down with the ship," he said.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/ken-starr

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