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.