Wait! So, Baylor hiding sexual assaults wasn't punishable by the NCAA??
So, wait, let me understand this ruling from the NCAA? Clear cut evidence from a Pepper/Hamilton audit and to ton of documentation showing former Head Coach Art Briles and the administration in charge during his tenure looked the other way on numerous sexual assault and rape charges along with various other crimes didn't constitute something they could rule on?
I would say I'm confused, I should say I'm outraged.
The NCAA proclaimed in their summary that the University didn't violate NCAA rules during the 2011-2016 time period by basically saying their is nothing in their rule book that defines what they did. Nor did the so-called, disciplinary arm of College Sports believe Baylor showed "lack of institutional control", something that is allegedly not far from a death penalty.
That despite Baylor's um, somewhat checkered past in Basketball as well.
Perhaps the bigger question here is did what happened constitute a violation of Texas, U.S./Federal law??
I guess this is the NCAA's way of dancing out of a hornets nest--but how is violating the law not an NCAA violation?
Oh, wait, I'm talking about the NCAA...sorry, I forgot.
In a world where during the time period of Baylor's covering up crimes by the football team, we saw clear cut evidence of academic fraud at the University of North Carolina, yeah, just a slap on the wrist there.
--In March, 33 athletes at the Citadel were suspended by the NCAA for spending their athletic stipend on items not on the "approved list"
--In 2019, Ohio St. star Chase Young was suspended for accepting a loan from a family friend to fly his girlfriend to the Rose Bowl
Hey, what do I know here. Maybe this is another in the growing list of things the NCAA is throwing in the towel about. After all, they've all but said, they are going to start stepping back from investigations and things of that sort because they don't feel like they should be the final say.
Ok, that's sort of what they said. If you ask me it's because they pretty much are toothless now due to Name, Image and Likeness and such.
Sure, they technically still are the final authority in basketball and other sports...but for how long.
Yeah, I guess I'm getting to a conclusion here that this is all a pointless exercise and maybe that's really the truth. Maybe the NCAA just didn't want to get in the middle of another school who'd gone rogue and punish them for something the people who were responsible for it will never know about.
Yeah, as you can imagine, former head coach Art Briles is already screaming "I'm innocent" even though the only two things in common with his name and innocence are that they both have I's in the spelling.
It makes me sad mostly for the victims in Baylor's flouting of the rules. It makes me angry the women victimized by countless incidents with football players who were virtually untouchable will never get any sort of payback for it.
Maybe I'm just jaded...or we are looking at the last vestiges of the early 2010's where almost anything was doable if you knew the system still existed.
It just kinda sucks---on multiple levels.