One of my colleagues is a Baylor alum. They once asked me why I don’t like Baylor’s football team. I replied:
You can’t get that good that fast without some cheating.
Yesterday, Baylor demoted its President, former judge Kenneth Starr, and today, they suspended head football coach Art Briles with the intention of firing him. Unless you’ve been in hiding, you’ve heard Baylor athletics is the focus of an investigation regarding several rapes and sexual assaults. The report indicated the President and the football program neglected to act decisively when informed of the assaults. Naturally, there are two groups born of this schism: the pro-Briles group that believes he took on troubled young men in the hopes of making their lives better (while making the team better). Then there’s the anti-Briles group; they believe not only should he get fired, Judge Starr also should have been sacked and the university needs an outside investigation to really find out what happened.
Bottom line, if your players are raping young women — including a soccer player in your own athletic program–you can’t cover that madness up. You cover that madness up, someone’s going to burn down your program. You’re going to get fired and you’re going to be radioactive.
This law firm Pepper Hamilton showed they are totally in the tank for the university. Their so-called “report” mentioned no names, and actually stated some unnamed person(s) tried to disrupt the investigation. Who that person is remains unknown, so what’s the purpose of the report?
If Penn State gets burned down because of the coach’s non-involvement with one case, what happens to Baylor? If the coach (who is the only one fired) is the one interfering with the investigations, is he going to end up getting sued by victims?