Baylor Bears assistant football coach Brandon Washington. Photo courtesy Temple University
Baylor football is back in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Recently-hired strength and conditioning coach Brandon Washington was arrested early Saturday morning at a Waco, Texas-area hotel on a prostitution solicitation charge and was fired by Baylor shortly after.
Washington, 33, was arrested shortly after 12 a.m. Saturday after arriving at the hotel to meet a prostitute. He was released from McLennan County Jail later in the day after posting $1,000 bond.
The Class B misdemeanor charge carries a punishment of up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Washington, 33, was a member of newly-hired coach Matt Rhule's staff at Temple for the past three years.
A statement released from Baylor's athletics department said Washington passed a full criminal background check at the time of his hiring.
"When we arrived at Baylor, we made a commitment to character and integrity in our program," Rhule said, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald. "Brandon's actions are completely unacceptable. We will not tolerate conduct that is contradictory to these values."
Rhule was hired on Dec. 6 to coach the Bears following a year-plus sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of coach Art Briles. Baylor president Ken Starr was also removed from his post and resigned as a tenured staff member at Baylor Law School.
A lawsuit filed by a Baylor graduate student on Jan. 27 alleged that 31 football players were involved in a minimum of 52 rapes from 2011 to 2014.