Pay to not play?

One thing that gets me about big time college football is that, with so much money floating around, why do schools and the NCAA have such a hard time settling matters early enough to keep embarrassments out of the public eye?

I’m looking at you, Baylor.

Former Baylor Title IX coordinator Patty Crawford told Outside the Lines on Wednesday that ex-Bears athletic director Ian McCaw asked her for immunity for the school’s football players when she started investigating allegations of sexual assault at the school…

“I don’t know anything about the athletic culture or anything,” Crawford said. “Instead of [Alejandro] necessarily helping me, he went and told his boss, who then called the board of regents chairman … and then he called Reagan Ramsower, and they called me into this emergency meeting on February 4.”

During the meeting, Crawford said she told the men that she needed to investigate the gang rape allegations and the dating violence allegation against another player.

“The athletic director asked if I could give immunity to the football players that still were at the university,” Crawford said. “I looked around the room and everyone had their heads down. I said, ‘No, I don’t know [if] they were an accomplice. I don’t know if they were part of this culture.”

Crawford said she refused to give the Baylor players immunity and told McCaw and the others that she didn’t even have a Title IX policy in place because she had started her job only a few months earlier.

It’s not like this is all Crawford’s had to say since she left Baylor.  Reportedly, she wanted something like a couple of million in return for keeping her mouth shut, but the school didn’t want to pay.  Penny wise, pound foolish.


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10 responses to “Pay to not play?

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    For the umpteenth time, Title IX should have nothing to do with this, or Tennessee’s situation. They are criminal matters.


    • Macallanlover

      +1 Federal gubmint gotta control. And it doesn’t matter if it is legal, they just expand their authority until it is under their jurisdiction. Remember when there was double jeopardy? They just find another charge now. Remember when AGs wouldn’t meet with a suspect’s family in airplane hangers, cut a deal, and then lie about it? The judicial system doesn’t much pretend to be about justice anymore. Remember when they cared, or at least tried? Sad times, and you don’t go back, or earn that respect, ever again.


    • DawgPhan

      the sexual assault is a crime. How the schools handles it is a title IX issue.

      It’s pretty explicit about how these types of issues are to be handled by a school.


    • Bobby

      In exchange for receiving Title IX funding, educational institutions agree to take certain measures to root out and prevent sex discrimination in their programs and activities. If a school is deliberately indifferent to student-on-student sexual harassment, or a substantial risk of student-on-student sexual harassment, it can potentially be held liable for damages under Title IX. If the school doesn’t want to incur such potential liability, it can either (1) comply with its obligations under Title IX, or (2) decline Title IX funding. When a school knows of a rampant culture of sexual assault in its athletic programs, and yet does literally nothing to protect its female students from such assaults (or even worse, actively attempts to sweep it under the rug so as not to lose a competitive edge in games), it deserves to get popped with a Title IX lawsuit.


    • Smitty

      Barack Hussein Obama has blackmailed them with the threat to withhold federal funding if they do not initiate a Title IX investigation. DOE/DOJ sent a letter to every university/college and said if you don’t investigate we will withhold funds, and oh BTW, you can use a much lower standard of evidence than is required in criminal cases.
      I think they wanted to target rich fraternity boys, and not inner city football players.


  2. Cosmic Dawg


    Also, re the immunity for uninvolved players, was she trying to get to the bottom of a crime or trying to prosecute a “culture”? Because to my mind helping put the team dirtbags in jail can do a lot to improve a “culture”.

    Also, I have not been following the story closely, but does it not feel like she was a crusader for truth…until there was a million bucks on the table?

    At the risk of sounding like an old man, the whole country feels like it needs an ethics bath.


  3. Lrgk9

    Jan Kemp looks like a parking lot fender bender in comparison.


  4. Argondawg

    Immunity from who? What immunity Could she possibly offer? These are or should be criminal matters. She was a compliance officer. Man Baylor makes me nauseous.


  5. 69Dawg

    I know it’s hard to believe given how the criminal justice system works in Athens-Clark County but big Universities located in small University towns can let players get away with stuff. This school let it get out of hand before they even looked at the problem. Baylor was asking her to falsify the Title IX investigation by leaving the un-indicted athletes out of it.

    By the way, the way the federal government has been able to unconstitutionally expand the enumerated powers was by becoming much like the mafia. We give you money, we demand that you do what we say. If you get enough money then you can’t say no. Most of the local and state governments are like the guy that borrows money from the mob, once you do they have you. So if you get federal funds and you violate Title IX you lose your Federal funds and get punished because you agreed to be punished in the first place.


  6. Mayor

    If she wanted $2 Mil to keep quiet she’s as big an asshole as anybody at Baylor. Sounds like attempted extortion to me. Where are the Feds?