“Do something, NCAA”

Andy Staples makes a pretty good point here.  Baylor is well on its way to self-imposing a kind of death penalty.

Meanwhile, Baylor will lose most of its talent core after this season. Russell is a senior. So is tailback Shock Linwood. Receiver KD Cannon is a junior but could move on to the NFL. The defense is senior-heavy. Into that void will wander the bottom half of the 2016 recruiting class and a 2017 class that currently has one commitment. There is no telling how many players will leave after Baylor picks a new coach. The remainder of the Briles staff likely will be gone by early December, and a new staff will have to hustle to salvage what’s left of the class of 2017 recruiting cycle.

It’s possible Baylor will hire a coach on the rise who can begin the rebuild with the 2018 recruiting cycle, but it’s just as likely this job won’t attract a strong candidate pool in the wake of the scandal. Baylor has an excellent location and excellent facilities, but the next coach will have to fight negative recruiting for years. The chances are much higher that Baylor’s program in three years will look much more like the Baylor that toiled at the bottom of the Big 12 before Briles arrived.

So to those who wished the NCAA would return Baylor football to doormat status, you’re on your way to getting your ultimate wish. But the NCAA didn’t have to do anything. The scandal did it all by itself.

Way to go, Bears.  Enjoy the quality time coming.  You’ve earned it.



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13 responses to ““Do something, NCAA”

  1. lakedawg

    A good example of “you reap what you sow” , a saying that seems true throughout college football.


    • Tlkdawg

      I really disagree with that premise. I believe it is extremely rare when there are actual consequences to breaking the rules, or law, in college football. It seems this is more a case of the lone example of justice in a world of “we can do what we want.”


  2. 3rdandGrantham

    “Baylor has an excellent location and excellent facilities…”

    Apparently Andy Staples has never been to Waco.


  3. Macallanlover

    Baylor, no worse than TN on not stepping up to sex crimes. And what Sgt. Carter did was worse. Penn State was worse than Baylor and TN and was for a much more prolonged period of time. All symptomatic of the same lack of perspective that afflicts Auburn, Ole Miss, ohio, etc. Cheating, and lack of ethics/character always leads to the same place.

    Interesting that Baylor did not call Jim Grobe an interim HC, they called him an acting HC. Seems if he can somehow keep the ship somewhat stable, he could ebd of being the guy. As you said, not a very attractive job in the short term and he may be the best option they have. Texas HS system puts out a lot of talent, Grobe might not be able to keep them at the level, on the field, they reached under Briles’ system, but they have a better shot than some are giving them credit for. Odds against them for sure, but wouldn’t throw dirt on them just yet.


  4. Jared S.

    This is basically my worst nightmare. When I think of all the criticisms of “The Georgia Way” I recognize the validity of many of the criticism while also realizing that I’m willing to take the negatives that “The Way” brings if it means it keeps us from ever being involved in or having to endure such a disgrace.

    I know it’s not necessarily a logical leap to equate moving away from “The Georgia Way” to Georgia moving toward becoming another Baylor (or Tennessee or Ole Miss). Things that kind of represent moving away from “The Way” for me include, for instance, allocating more money to our recruiting budget, hiring more “analysts”, and flying Kirby around in a stupid yellow helicopter (Why not Red or Black or Silver????). And none of these things necessarily lead to covering up sexual assault allegations or our coaches providing “impermissible benefits” to players.

    But at the same time I’m excited that UGA (Smart and BM) are showing that they’re willing to commit the resources “needed to win”, I am also afraid of what rapid change and press toward a “Win Win Win” culture can lead to if people aren’t careful….


    • UGA85

      Lots of programs win the right way. There is nothing noble about underachieving. If UGA simply maximizes its potential with excellent recruiting and excellent coaching, no lines will need to be crossed and no disgrace endured. We have been blessed with so many resources and advantages, IMO, that Ole Miss and Baylor could only dream about; cheating and winning championships should not need to go together at our school.


      • Totally agree … We should win big and can do it the right way. I believe Kirby is going to take the positives of The Process, combine it with the positives of the Georgia Way, and build something we as a Bulldog Nation can all be proud of. As someone who was skeptical back in December, I believe he’s going to make it happen. I don’t care whether it results in a national championship, but I believe he’s going to make Georgia football relevant in a way that it has only been in spurts for the last 124 years.


      • HVL Dawg

        Lots of programs win the right way?

        Give me a short list.


        • UGA85

          We may disagree, but I don’t feel that winners are the bad guys and somehow are necessarily doing something wrong. Saban and Spurrier, for example, just outwork, outprocess, or outthink their opponents. Richt in his first five years was much the same, and I don’t think Dooley cheated in the 80’s. Winning at UGA can be done without cheating, IMO.


          • Jared S.

            Eh, I get what you’re saying about Saban and Spurrier, but I don’t want to quite reach Saban’s level of tolerance for player tom-foolery. Something like Bama’s willingness to bring in Jonathan Taylor after his dismissal from Georgia is not something I would want to see CKS do….


        • D.N. Nation

          Duke only has one less win than we do the past three years.

          (runs, hides)


  5. Welcome back to irrelevance and a season of being homecoming opponents, Baylor.


  6. ASEF

    Baylor has a lot of money to play with. Thirteen years ago, their basketball team produced a murderer and a coach who monkeyed with the investigation in order to hide the fact he was financing the dead player. It took 4 years for the effects of NCAA sanctions to wear off, but their basketball program is back to finding exceptional athletes who seem to pick Baylor out of nowhere.

    Football will be back even sooner.