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I knew it all along – Baylor football coach fired, program in turmoil May 26, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, asshatery, error, foolishness, non squitur, silliness, Society.

Going off topic for a moment…….

As I’ve mentioned to many people offline (my poor wife has heard this too many times to count), there is simply no way a program like Baylor attracts talent to attain Top 5 status without serious recruiting and other moral violations.  Just no way.  You can be a skeptic and say that Alabama and all the other top programs do the same, but for a small private school in a highly undesirable location and little tradition of winning to suddenly become a top program, something is seriously off-kilter.  Think SMU in the late 70s and 80s off kilter.

I’m willing to bet this is almost certainly just the beginning of an avalanche:

Baylor University is making sweeping changes to its athletic and academic leadership in the wake of a sexual assault scandal involving numerous football players.

The school announced Thursday it has suspended coach Art Briles with intent to terminate him after eight seasons.

In addition, school president Ken Starr has been removed as president and will transitions into role of chancellor; he remains a professor at the Baylor law school. Dr. David Garland has been named interim university president. Athletic director Ian McCaw has been sanctioned and placed on probation.

A report from Pepper Hamilton, an outside law firm hired by Baylor last fall, found the school “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.”

The report also found Baylor administrators actively discouraged some complainants from reporting or participating in student conduct processes and in one case constituted retaliation against a complainant for reporting sexual assault.

Firing Briles and a couple of others is also a way to proactively respond to any NCAA investigation, if you know what I mean.  The hope is that by terminating the coach and some admins involved prior to any action from the NCAA, they can say they were being cooperative and any penalties imposed should be lessened.

Good luck with that.

TCU won’t be far behind in this process, either, I don’t think.  But Baylor has long been known to those with even a bit of inside knowledge to run one of the most unsavory athletic programs in the state.  I won’t go into details, but they did a lot of really gross things, things in mark contrast to their supposed baptist beliefs. Again, these things might happen a lot of places, but I’m talking about a whole ‘nuther level of magnitude.

But Texas will still continue to struggle for another 7-8 years, quite possibly just punishment for a rabid, over-emotional fan base.



1. virtuouscitizenship - May 26, 2016

In the last couple of decades I – who used to watch 2-4 games a weekend – have watched just one football game-because from college to pros it is corrupt top to bottom and simply a microcosm of our society-which is me-me-me-now-now-now If -I dont-get-caught-its-ok. Worse-even some high school programs are corrupt. And the players below pro don’t even rise to the level of “wage slaves” if all you consider is money they get legally. My only solace: what was once Our Lady’s university in South Bend so wants to regain the glory days [lots of players were really catholic then as was the school], but with their turn to the dark side of the football force, they havent had much glory for thirty years now. Tears tears for ole Notre Dame. Guy McClung, San Antonio, Texas

Joseph D'Hippolito - May 31, 2016

As a sportswriter, I want to challenge the assertion that everything in the “good old days” was pristine. It wasn’t, even in comparison to today. Early in the last century, the University of Chicago was a national football power. Its coach was the legendary Amos Alonzo Stagg and the team played in the Big Ten. The first Heisman Trophy winner played for Chicago. However, the university dropped football in 1939 because the university president believed that a big-time athletic program was not compatible with high-class academics. It resurrected a club team in 1962 and now plays in Division III.

Also, let’s not forget that the ancient Olympics were corrupt. Many athletes tried to get an unfair advantage on opponents. Many were bribed. Sound familiar?

If Scripture teaches anything, it’s that human nature does not appreciably change.

2. MFG - May 26, 2016

As a Baylor alum this tragedy is disheartening. The school wants to have its cake and eat it too. They want to be a world class Christian institution but also have a top notch national athletic program. It seems the two are diametrically opposed.

Back in the 90s they had their first non-Masonic president who with others began the process of restoring Christian belief and virtue to the campus and curriculum (including kicking Planned Parenthood off campus back in 95). They hired some really excellent professors including some devout Cathloics and Evangelicals. With a few hiccups it continues from what I hear to this day. Certainly the student body developed a more Christian bent (how deep I can’t say), but with a large student population there are plenty of bad apples or poor examples.

That said, the sacking of Briles is a good thing if it forces the regents to re-dedicate itself to its Christian “Baptist” beliefs and not try to be worldly. If we Catholics have a hard time doing this with our colleges in 2016; the regents task will be much more formidable.

MFG - May 26, 2016

I should qualify that I’m not endorsing Protestant belief but do support the school’s efforts to promote the biblical moral truths that they share with the Catholic faith.

3. c matt - May 26, 2016

If a rabid, over-emotional fan base is grounds for punishment, A&M should be relegated to Div II

Tantumblogo - May 26, 2016

Hah! Very true. They’ve had their day. Francione? We’re having ours. A lot of it is fan and alumni and admin hubris, thinking they should always win every game 100-0 and 9-3 is just not good enough. A&M suffered for a long time after firing Slocum, and UT I think is going to go through a repeat of the dark years after Akers was fired. But we’ll see.

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