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A rock in Waco has just been turned over.

Who knows what’s going to crawl out?

A federal judge in Texas ruled Thursday that a law firm must turn over thousands of records that lawyers believe will give a fuller accounting of how Baylor University responded to sexual assault allegations made by students.

Judge Robert Pitman said in his order that Philadelphia-based Pepper Hamilton must produce all materials related to its internal review that resulted in a 2016 summary report finding an “institutional failure at every level.”

The firm “must produce all materials” in its control that Baylor either has not produced or doesn’t possess, Pitman determined. He swept aside several objections that Pepper Hamilton had lodged, including that the federal court in Waco, home to the university, did not have jurisdiction in the matter. He ordered that the materials be provided by April 11.

I have no idea myself, but hope it puts Ken Starr in the worst possible light.

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Ken Starr’s tone deaf quest for fairness

Ugh.  I get the whole innocent until proven guilty bit (and, to be fair, Shawn Oakman was found not guilty) but Ken Starr raising money for a Baylor athlete’s defense fund after presiding over the school’s lack of support for sexual assault and Title IX-related accusations (which, to be fair again, cost Starr his presidency there) isn’t a good look.  At all.

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One bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch, girl.

A commenter asked me yesterday if Shawn Oakman’s acquittal changed my opinion on Briles and what reportedly transpired at Baylor.

I’m gonna have to go with nah on that.

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“This is the right thing to do, and it is in the best interests of the University.”

I’ve got one question after reading this story about Art Briles’ ill-fated interview process at Southern Mississippi.

Southern Mississippi supporters reacted swiftly after reports emerged that the school was interviewing former Baylor football coach Art Briles for its vacant offensive coordinator position.

In emails to the school’s administration and athletic officials, they lobbied against hiring Briles because of his role in a sexual-assault scandal that led to his firing at Baylor. Some threatened to revoke financial support, either through season tickets or donations.

They needn’t have worried.

Southern Mississippi’s interim athletic director had decided against the hire even before Briles set foot on campus for an interview on Monday, Feb. 4. In an email obtained by USA TODAY through a public-records request, Jeff Mitchell instructed head coach Jay Hopson early on Feb. 3 to “go in another direction” for that position.

Saying that he was following up on “our earlier communication both in person on Friday and via text this morning,” Mitchell also wrote that he “can’t get to a place to support” hiring Briles.  [Emphasis added.]

After openly defying his AD and embarrassing the school in the process, how is Jay Hopson still gainfully employed as Southern Miss’ head coach?

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Persona non grata, still.

Makes you wonder why they went through the process in the first place.

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UPDATE:  Never mind.

Jesus.  “He may not have acted in the proper protocol”?  Talk about tone deaf.

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“I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity…”

Shot.

Former Houston offensive coordinator Kendal Briles has accepted the same position at Florida State, the school announced Sunday…

“I’m excited about the addition of Kendal to our staff,” Florida State coach Willie Taggart said. “He brings play-calling experience and familiarity with the type of scheme and tempo we will run, which is similar to the offenses he has coordinated. His ability to recruit, manage an offensive staff, develop quarterbacks and make in-game adjustments will be beneficial to us as we evolve in our offense. Kendal has success at the Power 5 level and has also shown his adaptability to personnel and situations that occur during a season. He had multiple opportunities following the 2018 season and we feel the fit here will be a good one.”

Chaser.

Somewhere out there, Zach Smith wonders if he should be angry about a double standard, or if he should submit his resume to Willie Taggart.

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Baylor is so bad, it can’t even throw itself under the bus.

You probably won’t be shocked to learn that the NCAA finally hit Baylor with a formal notice of allegations.

Former football coach Art Briles is among those alleged to have committed NCAA infractions. Sources confirmed the allegations against Briles fall under “Head Coach Responsibility: Failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance.” Also among the NCAA allegations is a “lack of institutional control.”

Kind of a no-brainer, right?  Well, the school was initially hoping otherwise, based on some reasoning that manages to combine chutzpah and cluelessness into a neat package.

Baylor had initially hoped to avoid any serious punishment from the NCAA, based on North Carolina’s experience with its academic fraud case in 2017. Normally the NCAA punishes universities when infractions are specific to the athletic department or when athletes receive benefits that are not available to the entire student population.

In recent months, evidence has shown that the handling of sexual assault cases at Baylor was not merely an athletic department issue.

Yecch.  Even so, hope was abandoned.

In the early summer of 2018, however, the mood changed at Baylor when NCAA investigators continued to interview more former school officials and coaches. Among them was former Baylor strength and conditioning coach Kaz Kazadi. Part of his responsibility under Briles was to handle the disciplining of football players. That includes potential punishment for various team infractions, such as running early in the morning, etc.

So — stay with me here — it started with “the athletic department was troubled”, went to “the athletic department was no worse than the school as a whole” and finished with “okay, the school might have its problems, but the athletic department is a friggin’ disaster”.  Good look for you, Baylor.

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