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Sexual Assault Charges at Baylor Could cost Coach his Job

Posted by Betonline team on 5/20/2016 4:01:54 AM
Sexual Assault Charges at Baylor Could cost Coach his Job

Baylor is a private deeply religious Baptist school in Waco, Texas that preaches high morals and good character.

It also has a good football team that competes with the best schools in the country. However, in a bit of hypocrisy the school and the Waco Police have either ignored or acted slowly on sexual assault cases involving the football team. According to reports, nine women have reported to being raped or assaulted by Baylor football players since 2009.

There is speculation that other incidents have not been reported.

The Bears have gone from a mediocre football team to a national power. But Coach Art Briles has brought in players with low morals that have violated women on this campus, according to an Outside the Lines report on ESPN.

Here are some of the cases ESPN has reported that were uncovered by the public.

Defensive end Tevin Elliott was sentenced to 20 years in prison after five women told police he attacked them. He was found guilty on two counts of sexual assault.

Lineman Sam Ukwuachu had a history of sexual misconduct at Boise State before attending Baylor. However, coaches allowed him to enroll and join the football team. He was convicted in 2015 of second-degree sexual assault and sentenced to six months in county jail and 10 years’ probation for sexually assaulting a freshman soccer player.

Boise Coach Chris Peterson said he told Briles of Ukwauchu’s violent history and bouts of depression after the school released him. Briles said that was not true.

Tre’Von Armstead and Myke Chatman were named in a police report accused of sexual assault. However, it took Baylor officials two years to begin the investigation. Finally, defensive end Shawn Oakman was arrested in April on sexual assault charges.

The school eventually hired Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton to see how it handles its internal investigations.

“The assessment and recommendation from Pepper Hamilton are currently under review by our board of regents,” Baylor spokesperson Lori Fogleman said in a statement. “We are certain the actions that result from this deliberative process will yield improvements across a variety of areas that rebuild and reinforce confidence in our University. We are saddened when any student, including student-athletes, acts in a manner inconsistent with Baylor’s mission or is a victim of such behavior.”

Outside the Lines accuses the school and Waco Police of working together to keep cases outside the public eye, which endangers co-eds on campus and keeps the talent machine humming on the field. One woman reported to the team chaplain and Waco Police of an assault by her boyfriend who was a Bears football player.

School president Ken Starr and Briles were told of the accusations but the woman never pressed charges.

“I’d seen other girls go through it and nothing ever happened to the football players,” said the unidentified woman.

Pepper Hamilton never tried to get in touch with the woman.

“I am in favor of transparency,” Starr told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Take your medicine if you made a mistake.”

The message the school is sending is that winning is more important than morals. Football is big business and this is especially important for a school that was not on the radar years ago. Baylor was a school you scheduled for homecoming because you knew you would win.

The Bears are 50-15 in recent years and is a force to be reckoned with. They are 32-7 under Briles who should lose his job over this. He took over a terrible program and even helped get a $266 million stadium built.

But at what cost?


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