Briles bears brunt of scandals, out as Baylor head coach
It appears that Art Briles will not survive the myriad of sexual assault allegations swirling around his football team as of late. Baylor has dismissed Briles as head football coach.
After 8 seasons as head coach, a 65-37 record, six bowl games and a Heisman Trophy, it definitely wasn’t on-field performance or another job that that ended Briles tenure as Baylor coach. It was his players behavior off the field. There have been two players that played for Briles that have already been convicted of sexual assault charges, Tevin Elliot and Sam Ukwuachu. Defensive end Shawn Oakman is currently under investigation and more allegations have surfaced in recent reports.
This doesn’t appear to be one or two occasions of misconduct by young football players, it appears to be more of a culture within the Baylor football program and that is the cause for concern. It is also about covering up known allegations to protect the money maker for the University, the football program. It’s like something straight out of the movie The Program.
Briles is not the only one taking the fall in this instance. University president Ken Starr has also been demoted to chancellor in the wake of these multiple sexual assault allegations. The accusation against Starr is that he knew of the multiple sexual misconduct reports of football players, but did nothing to address the culture, and tried to protect the reputation of not only the football program, but the University. The belief is that Starr acted improperly relating to Title 9, and that is the justification for his dismissal as university president.
An interesting side note is that Ken Starr led the grand jury investigation in the Clinton/Lewinsky sex scandal that led to the impeachment of our 42nd president, Bill Clinton. So, in case that name sounds familiar, there you go. Kind of an ironic twist of fate that nearly 20 years later, a sexual misconduct scandal leads to his dismissal as president.
This story has been gaining stream over the last several months leading to the firing of Briles, and the demotion of Starr. Here is a press release from the University…
“We were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus. This investigation revealed the University’s mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive and caring environment for students.” ” The depth to which these acts occurred shocked and outraged us. Our students and their families deserve more, and we have committed our full attention to improving our processes, establishing accountability and ensuring appropriate actions are taken to support former, current and future students.”
As of now, it is believed that defensive coordinator Phil Bennett will serve as interim coach while the Bears are in the middle of spring practice. Art Briles son, Kendall Briles, who is the offensive coordinator, also remains on staff as of now.
Players were alerted to the Briles firing Thursday morning via text message.
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