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The Morning Stake: October 29th

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original-double-t This win knocked the Longhorns out of the Big 12 tournament and put the Red Raiders in, where they’ll play #1 West Virginia to open the tournament.




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original-double-t Holy shit. The Wall Street Journal’s article has significantly more details on the situation at Baylor, namely because one of the regents decided to talk and give some explanation as to why the Board of Regents decided to do what they did.

The sexual-violence scandal at Baylor University that cost its celebrated football coach his job involved 17 women who reported sexual or domestic assaults involving 19 players, including four alleged gang rapes, since 2011, according to Baylor regents.

I know that there’s some talk about how sexual assaults happen everywhere, and that’s certainly true, but that is not normal. That is one completely screwed up football program.

But there’s more.

Baylor regents said that when Mr. Briles was asked what he would have done differently, he broke down and wept. Many board members began to cry as well.

“He couldn’t speak he was so upset, and all of us were,” Mr. Gray said. “Art said, ‘I delegated down, and I know I shouldn’t have. And I had a system where I was the last to know, and I should have been the first to know.’ ”

Mr. Cannon said Mr. Briles quoted Scripture and expressed his regrets over the painful situation Baylor was in, but didn’t admit to wrongdoing.

The board members said their decision to fire Mr. Briles wasn’t merely because of the school’s requirements under Title IX, the federal law that has increased the requirements on universities to police sexual violence on campus.

“As he heard information, what did he do with it? From a moral standpoint, what is the right thing to do?” said Ron Murff, a Dallas businessman who is chairman of the board of regents.

In one of the alleged gang rapes, the victim, who also was an athlete, told her coach that she didn’t want to go the police. When notified of the allegation, Mr. Briles told the victim’s coach that he hoped she would go to the police, according to people familiar with the matter. One person close to the victim said she viewed Mr. Briles as supportive of her claim. However, Mr. Briles didn’t notify the school’s judicial-affairs office or the Title IX office, these people said.

Briles had a system so that he was the last to know. That’s not a defect, that’s intentional. When he tells you that he cares, he’s lying through his teeth. He didn’t do anything with that information, and maybe he’s not culpable from a court standpoint, but Briles is morally corrupt.

And regent, J. Cary Gray, gets the last word:

“There was a cultural issue there that was putting winning football games above everything else, including our values,” said J. Cary Gray, a lawyer and member of the Baylor board of regents. More broadly, he said, “we did not have a caring community when it came to these women who reported that they were assaulted. And that is not OK.”

So, we should ask again, if Briles was the last to know, how do all of those assistants have jobs? And let’s not forget that one of those assistant coaches, pulled Brenday Tracy, a rape survivor who spoke to the Baylor program, aside and told her that there was a conspiracy against football.

Burn the effer down.

original-double-t Oh, and the Big 12 will not have divisions, but will play 1 vs. 2 in the title game.


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