Lesson learned, eh?
Baylor has kept intact its assistant coaching staff after removing coach Art Briles despite an investigation’s multiple findings that football coaches had inappropriate conduct and influence in school assault investigations…
But the 13-page “Finding of Fact” prepared for Baylor by Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton includes five references to coaches or football staff engaging in behavior that stifled school and criminal investigations into serious allegations, including:
• Meeting directly with a complainant or their parent and not reporting the alleged misconduct.
• Abdicating their duties under federal protections for student welfare, health and safety by not reporting incidents to the university or suspending players without explanation and helping them transfer.
• Seeking to maintain “internal control” over discipline of players and diverting cases from the student conduct or criminal proceedings.
Those instances helped reinforce “an overall perception that football was above the rules, and that there was no culture of accountability for misconduct,” the summary stated.
Maybe Art Briles was a real control freak. Maybe the staff has taken the Nuremburg defense. As long as everyone left means well, I’m sure it’ll work out.