Originally posted on SportsDay.
In contracts with its new football assistants, Texas A&M made it very clear that mishandling any Title IX cases will cost people their jobs.
In contracts for selected assistants obtained by The Dallas Morning News through open records requests, the university clearly outlined that if an assistant fails to "promptly report" any information pertaining to alleged gender violence or sexual assault, they can be fired without receiving damages. That language did not appear to exist in previous contracts with football staffers.
Contracts for A&M offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey, tight ends coach Tim Brewster, defensive ends coach Terry Price and director of football operations Mark Robinson all contain the identical clause outlining how to handle those cases. Contracts for other A&M staffers, including head coach Jimbo Fisher, have not been finalized as of Monday.
The university states the assistants are to contact the school's Title IX coordinator, the athletic department's senior woman coordinator or law enforcement regarding the specified situations: "in the case of an emergency situation... alleged or suspected illegal gender discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, stalking and/or related retaliation."
The contracts also state the assistants must meet with A&M's senior woman administrator or a substitute at least once a year to discuss their role in Title IX compliance.
Previous contracts -- such as former defensive coordinator John Chavis' deal from 2017 -- contained a clause citing a coach can be fired for cause for engaging "in an act of dishonesty, theft, moral turpitude or insubordination" that makes the university look bad.
While the broad "moral turpitude" still exists in the agreements between A&M and its new coaches, the new clause gives a clearer language on instances involving gender violence.
The addition comes at a time when the issue has become one of the most important in college athletics.
A&M is currently conducting an internal and external review following an incident where a men's swim and dive athlete was found responsible by the university for sexual assault and still competed for the program.
In 2016, former Baylor football coach Art Briles was fired after a law firm's investigation said "some football coaches and staff took improper steps in response to disclosures of sexual assault or dating violence that precluded the University from fulfilling its legal obligations."