The mess at Baylor needs some house cleaning and the best way to get the stink off the football program is to shut it down for a minimum of two years. What Baylor has done instead is to bring in a second rate Power Five coach, Jim Grobe (77-82, 13 years at Wake Forest) to run the program for the time being. He was announced as an “interim head coach” by Baylor today. In his final five seasons as the coach of the Demon Deacons, Grobe was fresh out of winning seasons. As of reports, the entire assistant staff of fired coach Art Briles will be retained, including Briles son, Kendal, the offensive coordinator.
As much as the blame can be forced on Art Briles, Baylor has said to the football world that the “program” will continue with some of the same actors in place, including coaches and administration, including faculty advisors, making decisions.
Baylor has “failed to properly train and educate their employees, including school officials, officers, investigators, and adjudicators in appropriate response to allegations of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and retaliatory conduct, as well as necessary Title IX policies and procedures.” http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2016/03/baylor_hit_with_title_ix_lawsu.html
The measures taking place in Waco will not satisfy those wanting a sweeping house cleaning. The coming days will continue to reveal the dirt that has put a significant stain on Baylor. Female abuse through the most vile of actions, including the recruitment of bad character people and cover up of dirty deeds, will continue to reap ill will toward the football team, the university, and the Baptist Church under which Baylor was built for.
And to repeat, if Baylor was true to the Word, the powers to be would shut this football program down for two years.
Feature photo: Former Baylor football player Tevin Elliott was convicted on two counts of sexually assault and sentenced to 20 years in January 2014. One of his victims is now suing Baylor in a Title IX lawsuit. (AP Photo)