Baylor is found guilty of unconscionable human behavior

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2013, file photo, Baylor head coach Art Briles, center, watches during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State in Waco, Texas. Baylor University's board of regents says it will fire Briles and re-assign university President Kenneth Starr in response to questions about its handling of sexual assault complaints against players. The university said in a statement Thursday, May 26, 2016, that it had suspended Briles "with intent to terminate." Starr will leave the position of president on May 31, but the school says he will serve as chancellor. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Art Briles, ex-coach. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

You can win big by doing it the wrong way, but such winning invariably bears an expiration date. When such a program finally gets exposed, it’s not just the program and its coach taking the fall – it’s the school and everything for which an institute of higher learning is supposed to stand.

Baylor won a lot of football games under Art Briles. He’s about to be out of job. School president Kenneth Starr, the special prosecutor in Clinton/Lewinsky, is no longer school president. (Officially he’s still chancellor, but that surely won’t last.) Athletic director Ian McCaw has been put on probation. The Bears won big, and now they’ve lost every shred of dignity. An athletic program at this Baptist university – the same place that saw one basketball player murder another in 2003 – again stands revealed as a den of iniquity.

From the university’s findings of fact: “Football coaches and staff took affirmative steps to maintain internal control over discipline of players and to actively divert cases from the student conduct or criminal processes. In some cases, football coaches and staff had inappropriate involvement in disciplinary and criminal matters or engaged in improper conduct that reinforced an overall perception that football was above the rules, and that there was no culture of accountability for misconduct.”

Also this: “Baylor failed to take appropriate action to respond to reports of sexual assault and dating violence reportedly committed by football players. The choices made by football staff and athletics leadership, in some instances, posed a risk to campus safety and the integrity of the university. In certain instances, including reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, athletics and football personnel affirmatively chose not to report sexual violence and dating violence to an appropriate administrator outside of athletics. In those instances, football coaches or staff met directly with a complainant and/or a parent of a complainant and did not report the misconduct.”

And this: “In some instances, administrative responses and campus processes caused significant harm to complainants. Actions by a university administrator within (the Baylor University police department) and an administrator within an academic program contributed to, and in some instances, accommodated or created a hostile environment, rather than taking action to eliminate a hostile environment.”

Got that? Baylor knew it was recruiting bad guys capable of terrorizing women and didn’t care. It brought those “student-athletes” onto its campus and feigned ignorance – or blamed the victim – when some terrorized women spoke up. This isn’t just looking the other way when some recruit hits town in a spiffy new car; this is unconscionable human behavior.

From Richard Willis, chairman of Baylor’s board of regents: “We were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus. This investigation revealed the university’s mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive and caring environment for students.”

Any parent out there interested in sending a daughter to such a school? Any parent interested in sending a son? As crass as it is to root for any program to receive the NCAA’s death penalty – even in a morally deficient environment, not every player/coach/administrator is culpable – but Baylor deserves it. It knew about its rotten apples and did nothing to stop them. Just win, baby.

You’ll have to excuse me here. I need to go vomit.

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thialand
thialand

Sexual assault, harassment and any boorish behavior in the sports world is Christmas morning for the media.  Add to that the actions of a few on the conservative side.  But when it comes to those favored by the media, it is simply about sex and that is a personal matter.  When the media has outrage and indignation for the likes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barney Frank et al, I'll listen.  For now, I could care less. 


dawg fan
dawg fan

@thialand  You're comparing infidelity to sexual assault and that is simply idiotic.  I am no Bill Clinton fan but he never assaulted anyone.  Please stop killing my brain cells with your stupid thoughts.  Thanks.     

E983
E983

Ian McCaw ran yesterday and I'm just waiting for that old puke, Kenny boy Starr, to either run or get run.

Jimm Shorts
Jimm Shorts

Slick Willie did the same and is hailed as an icon by a sycophantic press...

HotDawg
HotDawg

And yet UGA was constantly bombarded by lunatics telling us Richt is paid to win football games (at all costs) and only win football games.

To hell with teaching (at a college, oh the irony) players how to become productive men. That has nothing to do with coaching?

Wrecker
Wrecker

@HotDawg Richt had his priorities right (produce good men, not just good football players) and still won a lot of games.  Sometimes, though, his willingness to give recruits a second chance bit him in the backside.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

If I could ask Art one questions it would be...was the pressure to win and win big  so great that you sold out yourself for the wins. 


Bama was place on probation twice for buying players and I never got over the 1st time with Coach Stallings. Dubose tried to recover ground lost by the reductions from Stallings and that was even more stupid.

HotDawg
HotDawg

All of a sudden, high and mighty at Alabama, off the field.

ROFL

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Baylor is going to pay a lot of money to lawyers going forward. The BOT needs to Clean The House.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie Tip of the hat to the Lady Tide....I enjoyed watching them at Rhoads last week against Cal......Good luck to all the ladies!

Peachs
Peachs

Amen!


You have a lethal combination, Texas, football, money, and Baptist, put it in a bottle shake it up and it is bound to explode. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

Looks like those Panties are carrying the load again for the dawgs! Tip of the hat to the Diamond Dawg Dames........and a walk-off homer to end it........you paying attention Kirby!

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

Especially sweet to beat TOP-seed gators in walkoff fashion--at THEIR place, no less--and send them home for the season.

Brent S.
Brent S.

How in the name of God's green earth does Baylor walk from this?  Every coach on that staff needs firing and banned from coaching.  Period.  Causing one of the complainants to lose 1/2 their scholarship and basically get shunned until she transferred is shameful.  Shame on you, Art Briles.  Shame on you, Baylor. Shame on the Big 12.  Shame on Waco, Tx.  If this "University" is truly a religious private school, it's time for the Baptist religion to disassociate itself from this cesspool of antics.  From the football team, to it's troubled basketball teams...that whole athletic department needs to be looked at with a fine toothed comb and if there is anything, ANYTHING being done behind the back of the public, then they deserve the death penalty also.



Steve Downey
Steve Downey

Death penalty is the least of Baylor's rape mess. Will Art Briles and others involved face criminal charges? Civil suits against Baylor as an institution and individual persons involved will line up like jets awaiting take off at DFW.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

My apologies to Mr. Bradley. I got lost in the innerweb.

Good job, Mark!

A good ol' verbal blanket party. Just what Baylor and the perps deserve.

You’ll have to excuse me here. I need to go vomit.

I'll hold your hair back.  

DawgNole
DawgNole

@FIGMO2

But you never answered my question: Who's Kyle?

I'm sure the imbecile "MaybeMaybeNot," who responded to that question with the mindless retort "Google is your friend," would also like to know.
 

MaybeMaybeNot
MaybeMaybeNot

@DawgNole @FIGMO2 Kyle is on the Baylor football team, and yes you could have googled it and no I am not going to give you any more information about Kyle as you can look it up yourself.  You probably still ask your mom to tie your shoe laces for you.  

DawgNole
DawgNole

@MaybeMaybeNot @DawgNole @FIGMO2

I didn't ask you for any info about Kyle, fool, so close your yap.

No Kyle was mentioned in Bradley's column, and FIGMO has acknowledged that he inadvertently included the name in his first comment. 

Why don't you go ahead and google the name Kyle? I'm sure it will know you mean a Baylor football player and take you right to him. DUH!

Hey, I have a nephew named Kyle.  Do you suppose I could follow your smug/brainless suggestion and find him by simply googling Kyle?

Damn you're dumb!

dtanner311
dtanner311

college football is quickly devolving to the point that our thugs can beat your thugs

he_of_stinky_wind
he_of_stinky_wind

@dtanner311 

Yep very few team members who could qualify to attend the school and actually do the class work of the average student.

ATLnative72
ATLnative72

When has an outside investigation ever NOT found wrongdoing? No justification of the cost and no media attention if all is well. But it's super fitting for Kenneth Starr -- what goes around, comes around.  

Cobbian
Cobbian

Thanks for speaking up, Mark Bradley.


Something happens to people's brains and morals when they allow themselves to become so emotionally vested in their group affiliations, like churches, clubs, and teams that they ignore and/or hide the evil that sometimes happens.  Protecting the group name or members of the group overwhelms other considerations.  We have seen this happen with child sex abuse in schools, clubs, churches, universities before.  This isn't the first, second, or third time that rape has been covered up in an institution.  The cases are too numerous to count. 


It won't stop until the repercussions of cover-up become so threatening that those who fail to act are personally at risk.  Job loss is one kind of punishment.  But probably not all that much of one for someone who was making millions of dollars a year - he will not suffer financial repercussions, unless a victim sues him personally, which I hope happens.  More importantly, we really need tougher laws that hold accountable those who cover-up and fail to report suspected cases to law enforcement.  A public trial and the potential of time in jail - and actual time in jail for some - would be a better and more just consequence.  

darryl hill
darryl hill

Ryan this is serious stuff. Doesn't matter what conference it is.  Not even Nick Saban could wiggle out of this amount of improprieties.  This was just ignorance  to the ninth degree.  Sometimes a serious punishment is necessary to get everyone's attention and the death penalty is not out of line in this case.  Not at all.

Ryan
Ryan

Darryl, what NCAA violation did Baylor break? Yes, they are guilty of bringing bad characters to their program and they are guilty of not disciplining bad behavior.

But , they are not guilty of illegal recruiting or paying players.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@Ryan What violation did they break?.......good grief!.....how about rape cover-up?.....is that in the violation book......Football factories....just win baby, and keep last night to yourself?

Brent S.
Brent S.

@Ryan The whole thing stinks like the Brazos Riverbottom, but what is appalling is the blatant disregard of Title IX.  The NCAA cannot look past those infractions and give a slap on the wrist when the University had already been warned to straighten up.

Wrecker
Wrecker

@Ryan This is the ultimate lack of institutional control (or maybe too much institutional control in favor of criminals).

ABBA72
ABBA72

Agree with Bradley....quit recruiting sub-humans for footabll.

Ryan
Ryan

Wow @markbradleyajc, what a bold stance....you really went out on a limb here!

First, this investigation was self imposed and paid for by Baylor. Second, Baylor fired a coach who had taken the football program from the doormat of the Big12 to National prominence in 10 years.

How many football programs would put the school and their mission over their football program....especially in the SEC?!?!

TOJacket
TOJacket

@Ryan @TOJacket I was speaking on behalf of the SEC school in our fine State of Georgia.....I think you said no program would put the school and mission over the football program?...I'm saying UGA certainly would...I would hope all schools in the Southeast would. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

@Ryan What a stupid question, what teams you ask?.......in the SEC, that would be UGA.....they suspended a player for signing mini-footballs, a Heisman candidate.....whats your next ridiculous assertion?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Ryan @TOJacket

So Baylor's clear behavior violations are "NOT a Baylor problem"???

Better quit while you're behind.

he_of_stinky_wind
he_of_stinky_wind

@Ryan 

Every school is the SEC already has.  With lower admission standards for 'athletes only', for free tutoring for 'athletes only', etc.