WACO, TX – OCTOBER 24: Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles watches his crew before the Iowa State Cyclones take on the Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Waco, Texas.( Photo by Ron Jenkins/ Getty Images)
My phone rang less than five minutes after I tweeted about Wednesday’s “Outside the Lines” report on more allegations of violence against Baylor football players. It was the first of nine calls and textbook I received over the course of the day from college managers talking about this latest is looking into Baylor’s handling of sexual violence cases involving its program.
“They’re gonna have to fire him , aren’t they? ” a veteran college tutor asked.
“Him” is head manager Art Briles, the man who took a perennial Big 12 doormat and prepared it into a powerhouse. Briles even got a fancy brand-new stadium constructed. The 60 -year-old is 32 -7 the past three seasons at a home that hadn’t had a single prevailing season in the 13 times before “hes taking” over in 2008.
The pictures of Briles and the university, nonetheless, appear to show something very unsavory about the program’s rise. Wednesday’s report included allegations by a former Baylor student that she had been assaulted by Briles’ old-fashioned running back at Baylor on two occasions in 2014 and that the manager and university president Ken Starr the two are made aware of the incidents. What they did with that information is unknown, but the woman said the player was not punishment.( She declined to press charges, telling OTL she didn’t think the school would penalize him and because she was about to postgraduate, but the police report still included photos of her injuries, according to OTL .)
“I’d visualized other girls follow out it, and nothing ever happened to the football players, ” the woman told OTL. “It’s mind-boggling to see it continue to happen. I can’t “understand what youre saying”. I envisage as long as they’re catching footballs and scoring touchdowns, the school won’t do anything.”
The woman also told OTL that Pepper Hamilton, the outside statute firm conducting the independent review of Baylor, never contacted her. Last Friday, Baylor’s board was given a preliminary update on its findings although there are research reports is still being finalized.
Wednesday’s report is, sadly, exactly the latest documenting a cord of perturbing allegations committing Baylor football players. My peer Stewart Mandel wrote a pillar last month titled “Something’s rotten at Baylor and it’s direction past time to pay attention.” That fragment included a jarring stat, that nine wives had reported to police that they had been abused or assaulted by Baylor football players since 2009.
Based on this new report, that quantity clearly is now into double digits.
Earlier this wintertime, there had been another OTL report about Baylor football players and allegations of sexual violence. Starr opted not to respond to that publicly until a few hours before the Super Bowl by liberating the following statement responding Baylor is “firmly committed to providing a safe and supportive environment” for students. Last month Starr told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram : “I am in favor of transparency. Stand up, take your remedy if you made a mistake.”
Baylor is a private university, so it is not required to liberation the achievements of the independent review. One of the football coaches that FOX Sports spoke to envisioned Baylor would feel compelled to now having regard to the spotlight on its university , not just its prized football program.
“If you don’t( liberation the findings ), it’s going to look like you’re hiding something given all of these allegations that are now out there, ” he suggested. “There’s precisely been so much of it. All of that( Shawn) Oakman stuff. Now this.”
The accusations are awful. This isn’t about actors going money on the side or extra benefits. That stuff is unimportant compared to what is being alleged and conducted an investigation into at Waco. This fib, of course, is much bigger than triumphs or losses of a football program.
One longtime college premier manager added Wednesday the thing that lodged with him the most from the latest OTL report was just the number of incidents and how many of the cases involving Baylor football players leave big questions about what, if anything at all, was done to investigate them.
“These people continued playing? ” the manager read. “The message you’re sending is, ‘This isn’t a big deal.'”
The coach to mention here that because of the Clery Act, which requires schools to keep records of crime on and near their campuses, universities and athletic departments have had to become very tireles in the protocol when incidents occur. Or at the least they’re supposed to have.
“There are three great question here: Who knew what happened? When did they know about it? And, what action was taken?
“This is a guy( Briles) who prides himself in has become a players’ coach-and-four and coaching his squad like a high school squad. It’s really hard to believe that he didn’t know about any of this stuff.”
FOX Sports attempted to reach Briles and athletic administrator Ian McCaw through a spokesman for Baylor’s athletics department, who directed the request to Baylor campus PR.
“The assessment and recommendations from Pepper Hamilton was still under review by our Board of Regents, ” Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said in a statement given to the Waco Tribune. “We are certain specific actions that result from this deliberative process will yield betters across a variety of areas that rebuild and reinforce confidence in our University. We are saddened when any student, including a student-athlete, acts in a manner incompatible with Baylor’s mission or is a prey of such behavior.”
We will have to wait and interpret what this “deliberative process” uncovers and what acts the university takes. Meanwhile, the nasty allegations around Baylor impede piling up.