Baylor University’s Football Coach, Art Briles, Had to Go
I pray the Lord’s healing and peace on all the victims at Baylor University, who were sexually assaulted by Baylor football players.
Head Coach Art Briles had to go.
Baylor football coach Art Briles has been suspended with intent to terminate, part of major changes the university announced Thursday in response to a scathing review of its handling of sexual assault allegations made against students, including several football players.
Reports revealed what many Baylor fans hoped wasn’t true: there was a culture of sexual violence against women that wasn’t properly reported and taken care of by those in charge.
Baylor Regent Richard Willis:
“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.”
Earlier this week, I made available a clip from an interview I did last summer with coach Briles, when I asked him specifically about being a 2nd chance coach. It’s informative and telling as to how Briles feels about life/players and 2nd chances.
Art Briles is a good man who made a huge mistake. He is guilty of poor judgement and decision making. He will pay for this mistake the rest of his life. Unfortunately…and more importantly, so will the women who were assaulted.
Quite frankly, I’m relieved and grateful the Baylor regents took swift and decisive action on this matter. I wasn’t completely sure they’d act as they did. Winning football games became a priority at Baylor. Their fans loved the attention and all that came with it. Now, they’ll have to re-prioritize the goals of their university…get back to the basics and what they stand for. That is, the development and preparation of young men and women to go on in life with a chance to be the best they can be at whatever they choose to do.