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Art Briles Will Coach Again

Former Baylor football coach Art Briles toured a number of NFL training camps back in August and one of his stops included the Dallas Cowboy’s training camp. During this stop, he made some comments about his involvement with the Baylor scandal that suggested that he was tone deaf to the situation that ultimately resulted in his having been fired.

The reason for this media tour, and let’s be honest, these training camp visits were just that, was to help him position himself for another coaching job. Needless to say, Briles did not help his cause with comments such as this – “I’ve never done anything illegal, immoral, unethical.”

Either Briles or his public relations advisor realized that comments like this would not help his cause and the tone and rhetoric heard in his ESPN interview on September 10 was drastically different than what he conveyed in his previous attitude. Briles seemed to be apologetic and remorseful when speaking with Tom Rinaldi, but only the former coach knows how sincere his new found attitude really was when taping his interview with ESPN.

Personally, I don’t believe that Briles is truly apologetic towards what happened at Baylor. His comments to Rinaldi were so drastically different from his NFL training camp comments, that it’s just too difficult for me to take him at his word. However, I do believe that he is remorseful. He’s remorseful because it cost him his job at Baylor. The situation that Briles ignored while at Baylor should never be minimized and I have serious doubts about his proclamation that he has never done anything illegal, immoral, or unethical. But contrary to popular opinion, Briles is far from unhireable.

Please, do not misunderstand what I mean when I say he is far from unhireable. I am not condoning what went on at Baylor and I am not minimizing what those women went through at the hand of the Baylor football players. But like it or not, Briles didn’t do anything illegal. I am confident saying that today, because until a court says otherwise, Briles hasn’t done anything illegal and therefore shouldn’t be treated as if he had broken the law. In my opinion, he has acted immorally and unethically but acting in these manners doesn’t make a person unhireable.

We all go to work each day and sit side-by-side with people who have been at least as immoral and unethical as Briles yet they have jobs. Yes, there is a fine line between this and actually breaking the law, but the line is there none the less.

With all of that said, the question then becomes this – What school could hire Briles to be their head football coach?

Briles has received the brunt of the criticism and public perception is that he was solely to blame in how the Baylor scandal was handled. That is not only unfair to Briles, it also lets Ian McCaw and Ken Starr off of the hook far too easily. There is enough blame and public scrutiny for all three.

The type of school who could hire Briles is one that has a strong Title IX coordinator, an even stronger athletics director and a President and Chancellor who truly expects transparent accountability. Because once again, it wasn’t just Briles who failed the women at Baylor, it was the entire structure of leadership that was in place.

Now when I say a strong structure of leadership would need to be in place, I mean a legitimate structure of leadership. The type of leaders who could hire Briles would need to be able to stand up to public scrutiny when times appeared to be at their worst. This is to say that actual proof would be needed prior to making a disciplinary decision. Once the facts were in, leaders such as these would be comfortable taking swift action.

Leaders like this would not make decisions based on public perception as was the case when Gus Malzahn and Auburn prematurely kicked Jovon Robinson off of the football team before the facts were known. Innocent until proven guilty is a thing and it needs to be adhered to in every situation. This would be a monumental task for any school hiring Briles based on his track record at Baylor but it wouldn’t be impossible.

Ian McCaw resigned shortly after Jim Grobe was hired to take Briles’ place on the Baylor sideline. As I said, McCaw played a part in how poorly the scandal was handled, but I don’t see a public shouting match over whether or not he is unhireable. Ken Starr completely mismanaged the situation and dug his hole deeper each time he opened his mouth, but he’ll get a high-level job somewhere else. But it’s Briles who takes the majority of the public’s outrage and is considered unhireable based on public opinion.

Briles takes the majority of the public’s outrage because he’s the football coach. The outrage from the public will get more attention going after the coach than it would by going after the athletics director or President/Chancellor. Going after the coach will keep attention on the scandal because people care about who the coach is. These same people probably couldn’t tell you who the athletics director or President/Chancellor were at the majority of schools. This isn’t to say that Briles is a scapegoat. He most certainly is not. The way that he handled the scandal was deplorable but no more so than the way that McCaw or Starr handled it.
At the end of the 2016 season, a handful of coaches will be fired. And of those fired coaches, a decent number will have been at either Power 5 or Group Of 5 programs. Someone will hire Briles to fill their coaching vacancy and if the leadership structure is strong enough at his new school, Briles could very well succeed in the face of public scrutiny.  

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2016 Is All About Football for Baylor and Jim Grobe

When Baylor trounced the Northwestern State Demons last weekend, the Bears proved that the only thing new to Baylor football this year is head coach Jim Grobe. The on-field results were the same as they have always been and that is a high-scoring track meet. This is what should be focused on from this point forward with Baylor and I’ll tell you why.

Art Briles, Ken Starr and Ian McCaw were all shown the door and rightfully so. The former football players who were accused of rape have also been kicked out of the program. Again, rightfully so. Yes, Baylor had to be drug kicking and screaming to do the right thing, but eventually it did and personnel changes were made.

None of the legal or moral crimes that occurred at Baylor were the fault of Jim Grobe. Grobe was brought in after the fact to help clean up the mess that Art Briles contributed to. So let’s give Grobe a fair shot and not rule him guilty by association.

As for the players that remain on the football team? The same treatment should apply to them as applies to Grobe. I refuse to believe that every football player knew or was directly involved in the rapes that occurred at Baylor. Like Grobe, the players that remain on the team should not be considered guilty by association.

There is the argument that Baylor shouldn’t be fielding a football team at all this year. One of the more popular reactions to the crimes committed at Baylor was for the NCAA to levy the death penalty to the football program. As much as that would have pleased much of the country, it was never an option because, like it or not, the issues at Baylor never fell under NCAA jurisdiction.

So now it is about football and that’s exactly how it should be.

Jim Grobe and his Bears put the rest of the Big 12 on notice against Northwestern State. Seth Russell completed 70% of his passes as he threw for four touchdowns. Shock Linwood averaged 10.8 yards per carry and a stable of wide receivers raced up and down the field. And the Baylor defense held the Demons to 78 yards total yards. Not bad considering the Bears are not known for playing defense against anybody.

On a day when Oklahoma lost to Houston and TCU struggled to pull out a victory against South Dakota State, Baylor just kept doing its thing and nobody seemed to notice. All people want to talk about is Texas beating Notre Dame and what Texas’ rise means to the rest of the conference. 

It’s not the premature argument about Texas’ rise back to the top of the conference that should be our focus in the Big 12 after the first week. What should be our focus is the resiliency that the remaining Baylor players and coaches put on display against Northwestern State. And if conference favorites Oklahoma and TCU continue to falter, don’t be surprised if Jim Grobe’s Bears take full advantage of the opportunity.

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Big 12 Links: Bishop, Briles and $1 Billion

On Monday, Baylor hired former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe after firing Art Briles .Grobe resigned from Wake Forest two years ago after spending 13 years there. Following this announcement, Baylor’s athletic director Ian McCaw resigned after he was placed on probation. The president of Baylor Ken Starr has also resigned.

Some people need to learn to keep their mouths closed. Staley Lebby, the daughter of Art Briles and also the wife of Baylor’s running backs coach spoke in her father’s defense via Facebook Thursday. Lebby said that her father’s firing was a “media witch hunt” and said that her father is a “man of incredible character”. It surprises me that her dad let her speak up on this matter and to do it on Facebook seems a little unprofessional to me.

This week it came out why Robert James Castaneda was kicked off of the Texas Tech football team in May. Castaneda told investigators that he took a gun safe with at least seven weapons in it. He also took a television and a camera from a home in Lubbock Texas in December. Castaneda was arrested on Friday and was released on a $5,000 bond. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

After 20 seasons at Texas, Augie Garrido, the winningest coach in college baseball history, is out. Texas had its first losing season since 1998 and will miss the post season for the third time in five years. Augie will still be around the university as a special assistant to the athletic director. Garrido has been honored six times as the national coach of the year and will be inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in July.

Michael Bishop, former Kansas State quarterback, is up for the College Football Hall of Fame. Bishop is one of the 75 players and six coaches on the ballot. Bishop led the Wildcats to two 11-win seasons in 1997 and 1998 and led the Wildcats to their first number 1 ranking in history. Bishop has been honored in the Kansas State Ring of Honor, Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame. Mark Simoneau and coach Bill Snyder are two Wildcats that have been honored already in the College Football Hall of Fame. Bishop is up against some very tough competition on the 2017 ballot. Eight players who played on Big 12 teams. I am not sure if this year is the year he will be voted in, but hopefully it will happen soon.

Baker Mayfield will not play an extra year at Oklahoma. The Big 12 voted on the walk-on transfer rule for Mayfield this week at the Big 12 meetings. The vote ended in a 5-5 tie that means it did not pass. Bob Stoops was not happy about the decision that was made. Stoops stated “ I’m incredibly disappointed the rule change proposal wasn’t passed today at the big 12 meetings. I hope the conference will reconsider its decision and put the welfare of the student athletes first. It only makes sense for the Big 12’s rules to be consistent with those of the NCAA when it comes to non-scholarship walk-on student-athletes. “ Mayfield could transfer and play at a school in another conference in 2017 as a graduate transfer if he wanted. If he ends up doing this it will not look good for the Big 12. If I were a transfer athlete looking for a school this decision would make me not choose a school in the Big 12. As of yesterday the Big 12 voted to change a transfer rule for walk-ons that would allow them to change schools within the conference and not lose a year of eligibility.

This week the Big 12 administrators are going to be presenting information that will show that the Big 12 Conference can earn at least $1 billion dollars if it decides to expand. This money would come from TV rights contracts they would gain from the expansion. This amount would be if the Big 12 decided to expand by four teams, which I don’t see happening. If it only expanded with two teams then they would gain around $500 million dollars. This won’t help the current Big 12 teams but it would make sure that the conference wouldn’t fall behind the other Power 5 conferences like the direction it is currently going in.

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Saying Goodbye to Art Briles the Right Decision for Baylor

A Little Background Information…

This is one of the moments when writing about current events in college football takes a very dark turn. These dark turns seem to be happening entirely too often lately. So often that it pains me to be a football fan, at times.

I love football and I have for years. I deeply respect and appreciate the hard work and dedication that teams and their staff put into every season. This is where things get complicated.

I also love feeling protected by university and local law enforcement. I love people, both athletes and otherwise, being held accountable for their actions. I love the idea of justice being served regardless of how important an alleged assailant is to an institution’s success. In light of recent events at Baylor University, I find one version of myself at odds with a different version of myself.

As a victim of sexual assault myself, I simply cannot stand by and support, or even respect, an institution or a coach that seems to allow sexual violence. I cannot support a team whose players have been allowed to disregard the safety of the women around them. I can, however, support a Board of Regents that steps up and takes action to investigate this hostile environment their athletic department may have created.

I might add that I am in no way saying any particular individual is completely at fault in this situation. Truthfully, we may never know who is most to blame here, but any silent bystander is guilty enough to be held accountable in a situation like this. This is especially true when that silent bystander is responsible for a team of athletes who clearly were not held to the standards they should have been.

Whether or not Baylor University head coach Art Briles is directly involved in any Title IX violation is not something the public has been made aware of. What we can seem to gather from the findings of fact report from the Pepper Hamilton law firm is that somebody in a position of leadership needs to be held accountable for what happened at Baylor University.

Ken Starr is no longer Baylor’s president. Initially, he remained with the school as chancellor, but he has now resigned altogether, staying on only as a professor. Athletic Director Ian McCaw resigned almost immediately after the hiring of a new head coach. Head football coach Art Briles is no longer part of the staff at the university in any form.

It seems to some that Ken Starr may have caught a break while Art Briles got the short end of the stick. In the end, Starr was smart enough to remove himself from the situation. With Athletic Director Ian McCaw resigning just a couple days ago, the program is now getting a much-needed total overhaul.

Art Briles’ Daughter Said What?

Art Briles’ daughter, Staley Lebby, was quick to defend her father on social media, making it clear she thought he didn’t deserve to lose his job. She referred to this situation as a “media witch hunt” and voiced overwhelming disappointment with the way the university handled the situation. I have a lot of things to say in response to what Staley Lebby posted.

First of all, this was not just some nosy reporter finding out about one incident of sexual assault that went unreported. This was not just a media witch hunt, even if the media did run with the scandalous story. This was an independent law firm doing an in-depth investigation into years of Title IX violations, many of which seem to have involved the football program. Since Briles is the head of said football program, he is the one who is held accountable for how his team is disciplined. And in this case, it has become clear that his team was not disciplined well at all.

Second, how is a failure to properly implement Title IX for years an issue that can be blown out of proportion? Victims of sexual assault go through so many different types of pain and agony, all of which are made worse when justice does not prevail. Is their pain less important than football? Is ignoring their well-being and not taking steps to prevent future violent incidents against women something that can truly ever be blown out of proportion? If one of your friends were a victim, would you be able to say the same thing? Would you tell your friend that the coach’s firing for standing by while his player got away with assaulting her was due to things being blown out of proportion?

Third, Lebby talks about how her father resurrected the program and alludes to this fact as being a reason to fight to keep him. I get it, Briles has been a blessing for the football program as far as success on the field goes. But, does that success on Saturdays even matter when you’re failing the women of the Baylor community? When you’re allowing young men to avoid facing the consequences of violent (illegal) actions, are you truly winning? Where are the football fans who are fathers of daughters that attend classes at Baylor? Those are the kinds of people that should realize his success on the field couldn’t possibly outweigh the safety of the women on campus.

Fourth, Briles’ daughter says Baylor took the “easy way out” in this situation. I may be wrong, but is firing the coach you say has resurrected the football program really easy for them? Not only do they have to explain the decision to get rid of the man responsible for creating a winning atmosphere, they have to replace him as well. If they don’t win without him then things definitely won’t be easy for the administration. Firing such a successful coach for a situation that has yet to be completely revealed to the public is not really the easy way out.

Last, Lebby ends her post by saying that Baylor “did the unthinkable to one that matters most.” You know what “the unthinkable” is to me? Allowing young men to get away with crimes against young women and continue on with their lives like nothing happened. These victims will never be able to go on with their lives the same way. They will never be able to watch another football game, during which the fans are praising their assailant’s name. They will never feel safe on their own campus. That is unthinkable. Firing a man who stood by while this happened on his football team? That makes sense. That is “thinkable.”

Maybe, Briles didn’t do anything directly wrong, we don’t truly know. He did, however, stand by while serious wrongs were committed in his program, wrongs that are actually unthinkable. Some of these wrongs, like those of the transfer athletes he accepted despite their questionable pasts, could have been prevented.

At the End of the Day Baylor Did the Right Thing…

I can try to put myself in Staley Lebby’s shoes here, and if I do then I understand being upset. My dad losing his job after pulling his company from the brink of bankruptcy would upset me, too. (If he had allowed all kinds of tax fraud in the process, though, things might be different.)

What I still don’t understand about Lebby’s post is what else she thinks there was for the university to do in this situation? At this point, all of the members of the leadership have either lost their jobs or resigned. Even if Briles had not been fired last week, he probably would have been forced to join the resigning parade by now.

A winning chapter in Art Briles’ career may have ended, but this doesn’t have to be the end of his football story, by any means. When the entire situation comes to light (like Lebby assures the public it will), then the court of public opinion may offer a new judgment. With what we know now, it is clear that the leadership for the football team, the athletic department, and the university itself should all be held accountable in a way different from how they disciplined their players. With the current information, firing Briles was definitely the right thing to do. Hiring Jim Grobe to replace him? Now that’s a different story.

This is obviously a subject I speak very passionately about, as a sexual assault survivor and as a fan of the game. Feel free to respectfully reach out to me with any opinions to add on Twitter by following @OGKristenB!

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Ken Starr Lives to See Another Day at Baylor

With one statement, Ken Starr made my previous comments seem prophetic about the Baylor rape scandal as he clung to the redemptive nature of his university’s value structure. However, like most characters in stories of biblical portion, there may be more than meets the eye when it comes to Starr and his role in how the events in Waco, TX unraveled.

[Merenbloom:  Baylor and Art Briles Live Off of Redemption]

Pepper Hamilton was hired by Baylor to investigate the rape accusations being levied against its football players and to issue a report which was to include the findings of his investigation. Once Hamilton finished his investigation, he provided the requested report to Baylor and, at that time, the university maintained its silence and would not commit to releasing portions of, let alone the entire report.

Baylor’s commitment to silence was due, in part, to Starr’s request to honor the sanctity of the investigation. He was demanding discretion and then something changed.

On May 24, information was leaked that suggested that Starr would be fired from his position as Baylor president while Art Briles’ job as head football coach would be considered safe.

This had to have come as a shock to Starr considering how close Briles was to the situation. The people who were directly associated with the accusations were his players, so how could Briles possibly get off comparatively easy and Starr be fired by the university?

And then, in what seemed to be a quick turn of events, the firing of Starr was reported to be false. So what happened?

In my opinion, Starr decided that holding the people ultimately responsible for this situation was more important than the sanctity of the report. It was at the time of Starr’s rumored demise that details of the Hamilton report began to surface. And who more than a person trying to save his own hide would have reason to leak even portions of Hamilton’s findings? In my opinion, it was Starr who leaked this information.

The transgressions that Briles and his football program are accused of being guilty of should not be taken lightly. Briles and his football program are all over that report, while Starr’s name was essentially reduced to a whisper. Yet the person who was initially fired over the Baylor rape scandal was Starr? It just did not add up.

[Terrill:  The Blame for Baylor]

Updated reports indicate that Starr is not being fired from all of his Baylor responsibilities.  He had been fulfilling the duties of university president and chancellor since 2013 and he will now he can focus all of his administrative duties on his chancellor position. Consider it a case of being fired/not fired.

And now, on the heels of Starr’s Baylor career being pulled from the fire, there are reports that Briles has indeed been fired from his position as head football coach. In addition to Starr’s position as a high ranking campus administrator remaining in tact and the firing of Briles, athletic director Ian McCaw has been placed on probation. If the university was going to fire Starr, then giving the athletic director a mere slap on the wrist does not seem to be sufficient.

Oh, what a difference a day or two makes.

It would seem that Starr decided that if he was going to be taken down then he was going to take as many people down with him and I cannot find fault with him for this. This is supported, in my opinion, by the statement Starr made following the announcement that he was to assume the sole position of chancellor.

Being a lawyer and former federal judge, Starr is an intelligent person who knows the ins and outs of the law and how to properly position himself against potentially lawsuits. It is important to keep this in mind when Starr says that he launched an internal investigation as soon as he was made aware of the issues allegedly going on within the football program. This was a statement that will help him distance himself even further from Briles and the rogue football program he was running.

Starr did not handle the Baylor rape scandal as well as he could, but he was in no way the primary person responsible for the situation getting out of control. The responsible parties for that resided in the athletic department.

[Bowman:  Baylor’s Board of Regents Must Clean Up After the Failure of Ken Starr]

The Baylor Board of Regents had their hand forced by Starr and were forced to make the safety of their student body more important than a winning football program. Baylor finally took the necessary action to begin correcting the culture within their football program. With the proper leadership, better days are ahead for the Baylor football program.

[McCrary:  Baylor has Seen Better Days]

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New Bevo, Old Baylor

On Tuesday Baylor finally responded to the reports that Ken Starr has been fired from Baylor University. As of the latest report they still have not made a decision on whether or not they will fire Starr. The spokeswomen for Baylor, Tonya Lewis, said, “we will not respond to rumors, speculation or reports based on unnamed sources, but when official news is available, the University will provide it. We expect an announcement by June 3.” It is speculated that President Starr and athletic director Ian McCaw will be losing their jobs, but head football coach Art Briles will not. It will be interesting to see if it was just a rumor, but for the sake of Baylor I hope it isn’t.

The University of Texas has selected a new Longhorn steer mascot. The school had to select a new mascot because Bevo XIV, who was on the Texas sideline since 2004, passed away in October 2015. The mascot will be introduced for the 100th anniversary season of its first appearance. The longhorns will play Notre Dame on September 4, the first appearance of Bevo XV.

Nothing has been made official yet but from the sound of it Wil Grier will be able to play for West Virginia the first game of the 2017 season. Grier is enrolled at West Virginia but due to testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs he may not be able to play until mid season. According to Holgorsen this might change. Holgorsen said, “I fully anticipate him being eligible for the opening game of the 2017 season.” If there is a will there is a way. I wouldn’t be surprised if somehow the NCAA waives the rest of his suspension and lets him play the full season with the Mountaineers.

Bev Kearney sued Texas for at least one million dollars in damages in 2013. Kearney was the head track coach and had a romantic relationship with one of her sprinters over a decade earlier. It has taken so long for her to get justice because the University has been appealing the issue. Kearney is saying she was more harshly punished because she is black. A white male football coach did the same thing and was only reprimanded, not fired. Kearney is seeking statements from Mack Brown, former athletic director DeLoss Dodds, former school president Bill Powers and current women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky. The statements they will write are on how exactly they handled the situation at the time it was brought to their attention. This case has been swept under the rug recently due to the Baylor scandal, but it will be interesting to see what happens.

Sylvester Turner an alumni of the University of Houston believes that when Oklahoma comes to town on September 3, the Cougars will beat the Sooners by “14, or possibly 21 points.” Did I mention Sylvester Turner is also the mayor of Houston? He has turned a lot of heads by making this statement and has also provided some locker room motivation for the guys in Norman. The Cougars are coming off of a really great season, but I have a feeling the Sooners will be ready for them, especially after that comment.

As the time draws near, it looks less and less likely that the Big 12 presidents are going to vote against the Big 12 expansion. After all of the schools that have sold themselves to try to get into the Big 12 it looks like they will all be disappointed. Apparently, after six years, the Big 12 is not in the “decision-making” stage, so it probably won’t ever be. If no expansion happens I think the Big 12 will fall apart in the next couple of years and Oklahoma will be the first school to leave.

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Baylor’s Board of Regents Must Cleanup After the Failure of Ken Starr

The opening paragraph of Chip Brown’s article regarding Ken Starr’s eminent ouster ought to be enough to tell you Baylor’s problems go much deeper than President Starr:

The three dozen members of the Baylor regents board are preparing to blame Starr – not football coach Art Briles – for failed leadership during the ongoing scandal over how the school handled reports of rape and assault made against five BU football players – two of whom (Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu) were convicted of raping Baylor co-eds, sources close to the situation told HornsDigest.com.

If you were to ask me six months, or hell even six weeks ago, my thoughts on the removal of Ken Starr, I would have said ‘no way.’ Despite the fact that two football players who were subsequently convicted of rape and sentenced to multiple decades in prison, I would have said Starr isn’t the problem.

[McCrary: Baylor has Seen Better Days]

Honestly, part of me wants to think he still isn’t, but he’s a big factor in the problem. I’ve written before about how the adults need to be the adults when the young adults want to be children. And while Baylor coach Art Briles, I think, is absolutely the person who needs to be fired, Starr should not have turned a blind eye to what was happening in his athletic department.

Starr should have taken notice in 2014 when Tevin Elliot was sentenced to a 20-year prison term for the rape of two women, and accused by up to five. If that weren’t clear enough, Starr should have taken notice in 2015 when Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of raping a soccer player.

[Terrill: The Blame for Baylor]

But really, Starr should have taken notice in 2009 – shortly after being installed as president – that something was amiss in the athletic program. I won’t pretend to know the reporting structure at Baylor or any athletic program, but it’s hard to image the president wouldn’t have at least heard a whisper of a rape allegation coming out of the athletic department, much less on the money-making football team.

Starr’s history as a former federal judge and independent counsel should have been the impetus for him to clean up the athletic department and put Art Briles and athletic director Ian McCaw on notice, but it doesn’t appear he did.

It’s amazing that Starr, a man who was able to secure impeachment proceedings against former president Bill Clinton, can’t cleanup rape at what is really, a small-time college in Texas. If we were talking about the man who removed Richard Nixon from office, I guess I wouldn’t be that bothered, but we’re talking about the dude who made ‘blowjob’ and ‘cum-stained dress’ everyday vernacular in 1999.

This is the guy parents entrust the safety of their daughters to; who fails those parents because football is more important than safety.

Mr. Starr talks about how ‘great’ Bill Clinton has become in his ‘redemptive’ years post-White House, but what has Ken Starr done to redeem himself? Absolutely nothing, and if anything he’s made matters worse for what little respect some of the populous had for him.

[Merenbloom: Baylor and Art Briles Live Off of Redemption]

Ken Starr certainly isn’t the biggest problem at Baylor, but for someone who served as a judge, independent counsel and president at a large university, he’s certainly the face of failure in 2016.

Baylor’s board of regents should immediately take the steps Starr wouldn’t. Terminate Starr completely, then follow that up with the termination of athletic director Ian McCaw and Art Briles. None of those moves are popular, but someone has to take responsibility when others won’t.

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