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Bad News Bears: Baylor assistant coach Brandon Washington fired after arrest

By The Sports Xchange
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Bad News Bears: Baylor assistant coach Brandon Washington fired after arrest
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.

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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.

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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.

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