Category Archives: Big 12 Football

Everything you need to know about the Briles firing, in one tweet.

I’m too nauseated to discuss the Baylor findings in depth right now, other than to say that if Mark Emmert felt the need to intervene at Penn State, it’s hard to see how he can justify ignoring this debacle… which isn’t to say he won’t.

But this is really why I’m posting.

Oy.

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They’ll get back to you on that.

Baylor says it will release a statement about the results of the findings of its pet law firm’s investigation of the school’s handling of the numerous sexual assault complaints against members of the football team by June 3rd.

“The Baylor Board of Regents continues its work to review the findings of the Pepper Hamilton investigation and we anticipate further communication will come after the board completes its deliberations,” the statement read. “We will not respond to rumors, speculation or reports based on unnamed sources, but when official news is available, the University will provide it.”

The regents have only received a preliminary review of the report. It’s unclear whether the report will be made public, as Baylor’s status as a private school shields it from Freedom of Information Act requests.

If Starr, Briles and the AD survive this, and the school doesn’t release the report to the public, can you imagine what the ensuing shit storm will be like?  That might turn out to be a bigger nightmare for Bob Bowlsby than conference expansion.

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“The feeling is if the board got rid of Art (Briles), they’d be sitting in a $300 million mausoleum instead of that new football stadium…”

Again, the usual Chip Brown disclaimer applies, but if true, this sounds like things could get even uglier at Baylor, if that’s possible.

The Baylor board of regents is expected to remove six-year school president and chancellor Ken Starr by the end of the month – possibly sooner, sources tell HornsDigest.com.

The three dozen members of the Baylor regents board are preparing to blame Starr – not football coach Art Briles – for failed leadership during the ongoing scandal over how the school handled reports of rape and assault made against five BU football players – two of whom (Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu) were convicted of raping Baylor co-eds, sources close to the situation told HornsDigest.com…

The only thing that is clear, according to sources, is that Starr – not Briles – is going to be the fall guy for the school’s inaction after at least six Baylor female students reported they were raped or assaulted by BU football players from 2009 through April 3, 2016…

A source close to Starr said he might not go quietly if terminated.  [Emphasis added.]

Ken Starr with a chip on his shoulder?  Hoo, boy.  Pass the popcorn.

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Bring me this Moses.

Yeah, yeah, I know it’s coming from the questionably credible Chip Brown, but I can’t say this description of what Baylor’s brain trust is thinking right now sounds that inconceivable.

Multiple sources connected to Baylor told HornsDigest.com football coach Art Briles has a better chance of keeping his job after the school’s rape scandal than BU president and chancellor Ken Starr.

The sources said Starr will probably be reassigned to a position in BU’s law school as a result of the failed leadership displayed after multiple rape claims made by female Baylor students against five BU football players all but went ignored…

Briles, who has taken an irrelevant football program to two Big 12 titles in the last three years (including a bunch of new athletics facilities),  is sometimes referred to by Baylor brass as “Moses.” He will continue on as football coach, and Ian McCaw would continue as athletic director – barring any evidence in the independent review by the Pepper Hamilton law firm showing an overt cover-up by either Briles or McCaw, BU sources told HD.

The hope would be a new president at Baylor could establish a strong relationship with Briles to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.

You don’t fire Moses.  But it’s hard to see how you rein him in, either.  Especially after he gets the message that the school president is more expendable than he is. After all, how many championships has Ken Starr won?

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Manhood and conference expansion

If you think that a lot of what drives the decision making behind college athletics boils down to a bunch of assholes who are into johnson-measuring contests, then I think you’ll agree that Houston would make an excellent candidate for Big 12 expansion.

“That’s kind of disappointing that Texas with their big budget fears the University of Houston,” Fertitta said. “For other schools in the Big 12 to keep them out because they’re scared of them, men need to be men.”

I’ve heard worse reasons.

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#TruthDontLie. It just gets covered up.

Baylor’s doing a bang-up job explaining itself these days.  Here’s Art Briles’ idea of going on offense:

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#BeCourageous?  Seriously?

Meanwhile, for some unknown reason, the AD took to the airwaves to answer some questions about the cesspool the school has fallen into.  The results were beyond awkward.

I am reminded of the old joke about the difference between apathy and ignorance here, except McCaw doesn’t strike me as much of a kidder.

Meanwhile, the Waco Tribune-Herald seems to have awakened from its slumber.  (Don’t take my word for that.  Andy Staples writes, “On Thursday, Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw told SiriusXM’s Full Ride show that there was no cover-up of which he was aware. He may be correct, but only for the most pathetic reason. Cover-ups aren’t required when no one is looking. The beat writing corps that covers Baylor isn’t the most aggressive. Had these incidents taken place at Ohio State, Texas, LSU or any school that draws major coverage, they’d have been reported on almost immediately. Reporters would have noticed names on police blotters, or they would have team or police sources that would leak that sort of information. ESPN would not be uncovering incidents from years earlier because they would have been reported on all along. No one was looking at Baylor, so Baylor coaches and officials continued to make terrible decisions without being questioned about them. This doesn’t excuse anyone, nor should it lessen any punitive action that might be taken, but it helps explain how this mess continued for so long.”)  The newspaper requested reports received by the Baylor University Police Department of sexual assaults and other improper sexual conduct during the past 20 years back in February.  After reducing the scope of that Open Records request, the paper was faced with the school’s refusal to release the information.

Instead, Baylor asked the Texas Attorney General’s office to weigh in on its obligations.  The result was mixed.

In an opinion received by the Tribune-Herald on Thursday, Assistant Attorney General Ellen Webking wrote that portions of some documents submitted to her office by Baylor must be released. Webking wrote that other records Baylor claims must be withheld under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act were not ruled on because Baylor did not submit examples of those reports based on student privacy concerns.

The opinion does not clarify which aspects of the reports should be withheld.

“The (Baylor police) department asserts the remaining requested information is subject to FERPA and has not submitted this information to our office for review,” Webking wrote in her opinion. “Because the department has not submitted this information to our office for review to determine if this information consists of a law enforcement record to which FERPA does not apply, we must rely on the department’s assertion this information is subject to FERPA.”

Gee, it must be nice to set your own rules like that.

“I think it is interesting that Baylor asserts that FERPA precludes them from releasing information from law enforcement records but they didn’t submit any documents to the attorney general’s office to review because they say FERPA prohibits them from sharing those documents. I guess they are asking you to take their word for it,” Maddox said.

Well, the Texas AG is a Baylor grad, so why shouldn’t he?

These people make Greg McGarity look like a PR master.  The sad thing is they’ll all probably weather the storm.

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“They’re gonna have to fire him, aren’t they?”

How bad have things gotten at Baylor?  Bad enough that other football coaches are now questioning it.

One longtime college head coach said Wednesday the thing that stuck with him the most from the latest OTL report was just the number of incidents and how many of the cases involving Baylor football players leave big questions about what, if anything at all, was done to investigate them.

“These guys kept playing?” the coach said. “The message you’re sending is, ‘This isn’t a big deal.'”

The coach pointed out that because of the Clery Act, which requires schools to keep records of crime on and near their campuses, universities and athletic departments have had to become very diligent in the protocol when incidents occur. Or at least they’re supposed to have.

“There are three big questions here: Who knew what happened? When did they know about it? And, what action was taken?

“This is a guy (Briles) who prides himself in being a players’ coach and coaching his team like a high school team. It’s really hard to believe that he didn’t know about any of this stuff.”

Wuh.  As a general rule of thumb, when a crisis hits the “what did they know and when did they know it” stage, that ain’t good.

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