AUSTIN, Texas — Ken Starr, the former president and chancellor of Baylor University, is defending former head football coach Art Briles by saying he’s “an honorable man who conducted an honorable program.”

Starr also said Saturday that Briles didn’t deserve to be fired by Baylor’s regents. But he acknowledged that the university’s response to women who earlier complained about being assaulted was “completely insufficient.”

Starr spoke at the Texas Tribune Festival, where he discussed the sexual assault scandal involving several former football players, Title IX, and other issues.

An outside review determined that for years the school mishandled rape allegations and the football program operated as it if was above the rules.

Briles was fired in May and Starr soon after was removed as president. He later resigned as chancellor.