NFL eyes ex-BU player left in limbo amid sexual assault scandal

Jeremy Faulk. (Photo by Randy Davis/file)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Defensive tackle Jeremy Faulk, a junior college transfer who was kicked off the Baylor football team and wrongfully stripped of his scholarship at the height of the school’s sexual assault scandal, participated in the New York Jets’ rookie mini-camp from Friday through Sunday, KWTX has learned.

Reports circulated that Faulk had signed with the team, and while he's hopeful, his agent, Markeeth Taylor of the Play to Win agency in Pearl, Miss., told KWTX Wednesday that Faulk hasn't been offered a spot on the roster yet.

"We had a great mini-camp and Jeremy set himself in a position to play in the NFL," Taylor said.

Taylor said that Faulk was also invited to mini-camp in Kansas City but declined because it fell on the same week as the Jets.

Faulk was an undrafted free agent, a rare junior college player who entered the NFL draft, but Faulk's journey to the NFL has been ever more unique.

In 2015, Faulk was named the junior college defensive player of the year while playing for Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan.

That same year he was recruited to play for Baylor, but before the 2016 season ever started, Faulk was kicked off the team and wrongfully stripped of his scholarship after Baylor administrators learned he had been accused of an assault, that had not even yet been investigated.

In secret recordings KWTX obtained of a meeting between football staff and then Title IX coordinator Patty Crawford shortly after the May 26, 2016 firing of head coach Art Briles, Crawford told the group she handed over the player’s name because she was asked by a member of the board of regents to disclose the names of any player accused in a Title IX case.

Faulk told KWTX when he was kicked off the team and wrongfully stripped of his scholarship, he was left with no place to stay, no food, and slept on the streets of Waco until his mom could get the money to fly him home to Florida.

Jeremy later appealed the school's decision to strip him of his scholarship and won.

A woman who served on the appeals committee was later fired from Baylor and has since filed a lawsuit claiming she was retaliated against for making the decision to reverse Faulk's case. Baylor denies her claims.

After being kicked off the Baylor team, Faulk re-enrolled at Garden City Community College in Kansas from which Baylor recruited him.
Faulk's coach at Garden City, Jeff Sims, told KWTX that the staff had hoped Faulk would be able to transfer to another major college program, but said no one would touch him because "the name Baylor is scary to schools."

After months in limbo, Faulk's Title IX case was suspended at Baylor.

No criminal charges have ever been filed.

Faulk helped lead his team in Kansas this past season to a junior college national championship.

For now, Taylor says Faulk is back home in Florida hoping for a phone call soon.

"We expect an offer soon," Taylor said.

"Jeremy will be playing in the NFL."