Baylor fires head football coach Art Briles
Former Baylor coach Art Briles is nowhere to be found these days. He was sent out of Waco with shame written all over him following one of the worse sex scandals in college sports.
He is a man that ignored what was going on under his nose and he joins a police force and administration that ran interference as football players raped and had their way with Baylor co-eds.
This school preached integrity, good citizenship and morals. It was the mantra for all of Baylor’s students except members of the football team. Would you send your daughter there?
Football is big business and the school knew it has to keep the supply of talent coming to fuel a football monster that generated millions of dollars and community pride. That meant more to Briles and the administration than the safety of women.
That is the bottom line on why the school announced that President Ken Starr is being demoted to the chancellor and Briles is being fired as head coach. And Baylor informed the NCAA of possible rule violations.
“Baylor failed to take appropriate reports of sexual assault and dating violence reportedly committed by football players,” wrote the Pepper Hamilton, a Philadelphia law firm hired by the school. “The choices made by the football staff and athletic leadership, in some instances, posed a risk to campus safety and the integrity of the university.
certain instances, including reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, athletics and football personnel affirmatively chose not to report sexual violence and dating violence to an appropriate administrator outside of athletics. In those instances, football coaches or staff met directly with the complainant and did not report the misconduct.”
There have been several sexual assault complaints that were ignored by the school and possibly covered up by the Waco police. That is why a death penalty for the school should be on the table. This cover up went from the top to the bottom.
Briles was caught lying when he was told by former Boise State coach Chris Peterson about violent tendencies of Sam Ukwuachu who ended up at Baylor. Briles said Peterson never told him this and suggested Ukwuachu simply wanted to be closer to home. Peterson said that was not true.
Ukwauchu was convicted of sexual assault in 2015. The school is being praised by some for taking action against Briles. It does not deserve it. Baylor only acted when it was caught.
Briles is likely done as a college head coach. However, he could turn up as an NFL assistant coach. Baylor fans were worried that he’d leave the program for the University of Texas. However, he is damaged goods now because of greed and feeding the football factory that made Baylor a household name.