Category Archives: Crime and Punishment

Ken Starr is on the mother.

As the horse is already out of the barn, ordinarily I’d say this’ll turn out to be your garden-variety whitewash

Baylor University will conduct an investigation into the school’s handling of sexual assault allegations against a football player who was allowed to transfer into coach Art Briles’ program despite a history of disciplinary problems at Boise State.

Following the conviction of defensive end Sam Ukwuachu on sexual assault charges, Baylor President Ken Starr on Friday called for a “comprehensive internal inquiry into the circumstances associated with the case and the conduct of the offices involved.”

… but given Starr’s track record in other highly publicized settings, who knows where things may lead?


Filed under Big 12 Football, Crime and Punishment

Why do schools turn a blind eye? Because they can.

The most depressing thing about the news of Baylor’s Sam Ukwuachu being found guilty of sexual assault is that I’m finding it ever harder to summon my outrage over the school’s callous behavior in admitting him in the first place.

In documents from May 2013 obtained by Texas Monthly, Marc Paul, the assistant athletics director at Boise State University, recounts advising to Ukwuachu’s then-girlfriend in Boise that she stay away from the house the two shared for several nights, after he put his fist through a window while drunk. Paul also makes plans for how to get police protection for the couple’s other housemate, who received threatening text messages from Ukwuachu. Handwritten notes in a document from a Boise State source also refer to times that Ukwuachu would get verbally abusive over “small irritants” like a spilled drink, and note that the woman he lived with acknowledged that she would “probably not” admit it if the abuse were physical. It ends with the words “NOT healthy relationship!” underlined.

Following the incident with the window, Ukwuachu—just a year removed from his Freshman All-American season—was kicked off the team by Boise State head coach Chris Petersen for repeated violations of team rules.

The same month, in an interview with football recruiting website after he announced his transfer to Baylor, Ukwuachu talked about returning home to his native Texas. He said he had gone through “some personal problems” and that the coaching staff at Baylor “knew everything and were really supportive.” It’s impossible to know what Ukwuachu means by “everything,” but six-foot-four pass rushers who are voted Freshman All-American and win starting jobs on programs the quality of Boise State’s don’t often find themselves suddenly without a team. Regardless of whether Ukwuachu’s statement that Baylor’s coaches “knew everything” is accurate, when the program sought a waiver that would have allowed Ukwuachu to play for the Bears without waiting the mandatory one-year period required of most transfer students, Boise State informed the school that they would not be providing a letter of support.

I mean, Jesus, Baylor, what kind of a red flag do you need?

And it only got worse from there, as the rest of that Texas Monthly story indicates.

Still, I’m little more than numb about this by now.  And I think it’s because I know nothing’s going to come of it, at least in the big picture.  Sure, there will be a lawsuit.  Baylor will fight it for a while and then quietly settle out of court.  There might be some Title IX consequences, which the school will try to deflect with nonsense like this…

We have established and fully staffed a Title IX office that employs a Title IX Coordinator and two full-time investigators. Maintaining a safe and caring community is central to Baylor’s mission and at the heart of our commitment to our students, faculty and staff.

That’s mighty big of you, since that’s what the law requires.

And there will be the pious rendition we’re grown accustomed to hearing in matters such as this.

Acts of sexual violence contradict every value Baylor University upholds as a caring Christian community. In recent years we have joined university efforts nationally to prevent campus violence against women and sexual assault, to actively support survivors of sexual assault with compassion and care, and to take action against perpetrators.

And then they’ll go sign the next high school All-American with a checkered past they run across if they think it’ll help the program.  Because in the end, they don’t believe they’ve done anything wrong here.  Just ask the coach:

Baylor head coach Art Briles told reporters, “I like the way we’ve handled it as a university, an athletic department, and a football program.”


UPDATE:  Oops, forgot about deflection.

No fucking shame.


UPDATE #2:  Evidently no fucking truth, either.


Filed under Crime and Punishment

Barney Fife, in the Pacific Northwest

I have to admit I’ve gotten a lot more mileage out of that college arrest list posted on Twitter yesterday than I expected.  First, I posted something about it, then I posted something about Jeff Schultz posting about it, then I had a fun give-and-take on Twitter with Schultz about our posts.

And the gift just keeps on giving with this post I found yesterday at a Washington State blog.  (Wazzou, as you may recall from the tweet, finished first on the list.)  As I noted in my post about it, one thing the list is a little weak on is how it elevates quantity over quality.  That’s something Cougcenter jumps all over:

A few examples!

If you’re a Georgia fan, some of that sounds eerily familiar.  Although maybe it’s not that eerie when you think about it.

First, if your university is located in a small town where the majority of the residents are college students and the local police readily admit that they take a “proactive” stance toward making arrests for minor infractions committed by that specific population which tends to do more dumb things than the population at large, well, your arrests are naturally going to skew upward.

That is straight out of the Jimmy Williamson playbook.  And this sounds pretty familiar, too.

Beyond differences in philosophy of policing, the data relies on comprehensive and accurate reporting on arrests/citations/charges. Not every school has a reporter mining police reports everyday for infractions, and not every school has publications that find all of those infractions newsworthy enough to write about.

Throw in a dollop of “I’m my own man, and no pointy necked administrator’s gonna tell me how to run my department” (or, as Seth Emerson put it, “People forget that one of the first things Greg McGarity did five years ago was meet with UGA police chief Jimmy Williamson. No such deal came out of that, and the arrest rate didn’t go down.”) and there you go.

Speaking of playbooks, I can’t help but wonder if there’s an analogue between small-town constabulary and football coaches who visit other programs during the offseason to pick up insights on how to improve.  I can see it now:  “Jimmy, we’ve got that false name business down cold, but how did you guys work that no middle name thing so well?”  “I hear what you’re saying about emerging from an alley, Jimmy, but I’m having a hard time seeing how it works.  Can you diagram the play for me on that white board?”  “So you ignored a law by claiming that you didn’t understand how it applied to your department and didn’t seek guidance?  Cool!  How far can you push that envelope, anyway?”

Professionalism, bitches.


Filed under Crime and Punishment

Schultz gonna Schultz.

If you want to know why Georgia fans are on occasion frustrated with the AJ-C, here’s Exhibit “A”.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

A shopping list for Second Chance U

Obviously this is mixing quantity with quality to some extent, but, still, you gotta be impressed with any list that has eight SEC teams in its top twelve.


Filed under Crime and Punishment, SEC Football

Thursday morning buffet

Do I need to tell you what to do here?  I didn’t think so.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, College Football, Crime and Punishment, Georgia Football, Phil Steele Makes My Eyes Water, SEC Football, See You In Court, What's Bet In Vegas Stays In Vegas

Tuesday morning buffet

In just a few short weeks college football returns, so I know you’ve got an appetite.


Filed under 'Cock Envy, Academics? Academics., Big Ten Football, College Football, Crime and Punishment, ESPN Is The Devil, Gators Gators, Georgia Football, SEC Football, Stats Geek!, The Body Is A Temple