We’re going to step out of the ACC here – and give you a brief update on business as usual at Baylor University.
I’ve made it painfully obvious what I think about the unfathomable lack of institutional control at Baylor University. Baylor University not only allowed unchecked sexual assault on this female students, but the institution also permitted a hostile environment against those who filed sexual assault complaints. Yes, you got that right – Baylor retaliated against its own students who filed sexual assault complaints with the university. Since then, head football coach, Art Briles, was fired – and University President, Ken Starr, resigned his post.
I also mentioned in another post that Baylor is a big problem for the college football playoff, the NCAA, and the Big 12. Specifically, I said that:
There is no way a school, whose administration actively sandbagged Title IX complaints (women who were sexually assaulted), retaliated against Title IX complainants (women who were sexually assaulted), and retaliated against its Title IX administrator (a women in charge of Title IX enforcement at Baylor), should have the opportunity to participate in the College Football Playoff – this can never happen. Ever. This opportunity can’t happen on Earth.
I almost have a live blog covering all of the stupid crap that happens at Baylor, but people need to know how dumb their assistant coaches are. These guys should have been fired before the start of their season (the Baylor Administration should have cleaned house).
After junior college transfer Jeremy Faulk was dismissed from the team, the university announced Monday the booting was interim head coach Jim Grobe’s decision. “The action to remove Jeremy from the football team was taken by the interim director of athletics and acting head football coach, and did not require other Executive Council members nor Title IX staff involvement,” the statement read.
Only, Grobe said it wasn’t his decision, and called a local news station to say the administration made the call and pinned it on him.
Then these tweets come up from the Baylor assistant football coaches:
— Coach KB (@kendalbriles) October 10, 2016
— Phil Bennett (@CoachBennettBU) October 10, 2016
— Coach Jeff Lebby (@JeffLebby) October 10, 2016
That hashtag was a favorite of Art Briles, but has stayed largely dormant since the former Bears coach tweeted it on the same day ESPN released additional sexual assault allegations against the Baylor program back in May. He was fired one week later. It’s clear from afar the different factions within Baylor are looking out for themselves as reverberations from the sexual assault scandal and its subsequent handling continue to shake the university. The Baylor football staff has privately expressed frustration at, as they feel, being scapegoated by the university. Tonight’s effort now takes that fight public.
So, basically, you have the Baylor Administration staying that Jim Grobe removed Jermy Falk from the team and Jim Grobe denies removing him from the team and says it was the Administration’s decision. However, the assistant coaching staff, who created much of this Title IX mess at Baylor University (using their sweep it under the rug mentality), think they are the victims here. What a crock of sh*t. Yes, the Administration should take responsibility if it dismisses a player – but that doesn’t absolve the football coaches of the toxic environment they created for women at Baylor University. GTHO. Now @FootballScoop is reporting that Baylor won’t take action against the staffers who sent the #TruthDontLie tweets – and will allow them to stay on the Twitter accounts:
A day later, according to a report from KWTX, Baylor will not take any action against the staff standing up against the university and will allow the tweets to stand. From the report: Athletic Director Mack Rhoades met privately with at least one coach late in the evening, and indicated nothing would happen to the staffers who sent tweets, sources said. He also encouraged the coaches to focus on the season. As we pointed out last night, the #TRUTHDONTLIE hashtag was a common one under Art Briles, seen as recently as a week before the Baylor board fired him for his role in the school’s ongoing sexual assault scandal. Last night’s showing was not the first time since the Briles firing the remaining coaches have nodded in their former head coach’s direction. Coaches have been asked to stop wearing “CAB” shirts in official Baylor capacity, Briles was in the stands for the Bears’ visit to Rice, and former player Shawn Oakman — himself accused of sexual assault — was allowed in the locker room following a game earlier this season. The Baylor staff has always been fiercely loyal to Briles and famously insular. That was a strength as the staff roused the Bears from its historic depths to win back-to-back Big 12 championships and, clearly, it will not change as the ship goes down. At 5-0 with seven games left in the regular season, it’s clear Rhoades’ decision to allow the tweets to stand signals that he wants to ride the season out as successfully as possible before a new staff comes in this winter.
Seriously these dudes are being dumbasses. Dumping acid on their careers. https://t.co/eloehxrpIG
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 11, 2016
Briles isn’t coming back. It’s over. Look forward. https://t.co/SsaYycHQMN
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 11, 2016
So, it appears to be business as usual at Baylor – win at all costs with a group of coaches that will be gone after this year – and might not coach again.