BLS: Baylor Rapes Scandal = G.O.A.T ??

    Baylor Bears
    BobLee
    May24/ 2016

    Is The Baylor Rapes Scandal The G.O.A.T. ?? Those of you whose Give a Damn Universe is limited to The Greater Triangle SMSA may not have heard what is boiling these days out in Waco, Texas at Baylor University…. “The Baylor Rapes Scandal”.

    Waco is now infamous for something other than Branch Davidians / David Koresh?   FWIW…. I prefer to think of FixerUpper’s Chip & Joanna Gaines when I think of Waco.

    Oh!  G.O.A.T = an ESPN millennial catch-phrase for Greatest Of All Time.  It is used at least a dozen times each week when discussing Steph Curry…. Lebron James…. The Warriors…. Whoever won the latest UFC bout…. Whoever is this year’s #1 semi-literate blue-chipper…. Which horse wins The Derby…. Whichever ESPN on-air personality engendered the most hatred last week…. Bryce Harper…. or CAM….

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    NOTE:  “Triangle SMSA”, for our purposes, means within 50-ish miles of the intersection of I-40 and Miami Blvd…. encompassing both the mini-kingdom of Chapel Hill and a high % of AnybodyButCarolina (ABC) Nation.  Tentacles of those demographics extend out in all directions of course around the globe.

    The current Siege of Chapel Hill by ABCNation is still five years short of The Siege of Troy by Agamemnon’s Greeks led by Achilles, but at almost six years since Marvin’s Tweet it is still impressive in both its passion and duration.  With no end in sight Troy’s Ten Years is a record worth pursuing…. similar to DiMaggio’s 56-game hit streak.  Both records WILL be broken.  Why not by TGU?   Is DamnDan Kane the modern day Achilles? ….. Deborah Crowder = Helen – “the face that launched a 1,000….” nasty tweets and monkey messages?

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    Meanwhile out in the hinterlands beyond the reach of Bojangles and vinegar-based barbecue sauce another SCANDAL has emerged Full-bore after smoldering for 2-3 years….. The Great Baylor Rapes Scandal.

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    Is “at least” six alleged / reported “rapes / assaults” on Baylor coeds by various members of Baylor’s nationally prominent football program anything you should be aware of?

    Is this an indictment of all of Big Time College Sports?

    Is this simply a rogue program that “lost its way”?Ken Starr

    Is this all Ken Starr’s fault?  Yes, THAT Ken Starr who is both President and Chancellor of Baylor.

    Is Baylor’s Head Football Coach – Art Briles – wearing his Sgt Schultz helmet….. a/k/a “I knew NUUUUTHING!”?   Well yeah…. of course he is.  That’s a given these days.

    NOTE:  I’ve researched this Sgt Schultz Phenomenon…. a/k/a “Dummying Up”.  Apparently once a Big Time Coach in FB or MBB passes $2,000,000 in annual salary, he relinquishes all accountability for ANYTHING about his program…. other than, of course, Ws and Ls against “hated rivals”.   He is totally accountable for those.

    Rapes…. paper-classes….. illegal payments…. blah blah yadda yadda ….. who cares??  Just inconvenient collateral damage in the Quest For Bragging Rights Glory.   Can’t make a National Champ omelet without “raping a few coeds”…. OUCH!

    Hey BL what’s the big deal about a handful of rapes around a college campus?  Isn’t that like a dozen angry “snowflakes” protesting at a BOG meeting?

    College campuses are a hotbed of “he said /she saids” and …. “snowflake protestors” aren’t they?  I suppose so unless it involves Your Daughter of course; or your rational brain has not been taken over by your Bragging Rights brain.

    Are there actually Baylor Alums (“Fat Cats”) and Executive Admins who dismiss “all this” as attempts to destroy our wonderful institution”… by our hated rivals?  Sure… there are those stereotypes in every one of these messes.

    Comparing a “serial rape culture” to a “serial academic fraud culture” is comparing “damage to persons and property” versus “white collar crime”.   Is Bernie Madoff a more heinous criminal than Ted Bundy ????

    To today’s title question…. is Baylor’s Scandal the New G.O.A.T. replacing UNCCH’s TGU?

    No.  Of course not…. unless Your Daughter was victimized by one of Art Briles’ outstanding young student-athletes that is.

    Baylor basically came out of Nowhere 6-8 years ago to be “an annual National Power”.   For decades Baylor had been the beleaguered Wake Forest of the Big 12 / Southwest Conference…. a “Christian school” where “values and academics” were touted rather than BCS invites and Heisman candidates.   Waco was not an annual stop for ESPN’s GameDay crew.

    Any Power Five school could conceivably put together a “lightning in a bottle” season where lucky bounces, a favorable schedule and few/no key injuries could result in a Dream Season as the aforementioned Wake Forest enjoyed in 2006.   To do so 4-5 years in a row can be done ONLY One Way ….. recruiting abuncha overly aggressive stud thugs that would otherwise go to your hated rival…. and rape their coeds instead of yours.Art Briles

    Not simply a stud QB or a stud RB or WR but a depth of stud thugs across the OL and DL and DB.   Baylor did that stud-thug stocking when Art Briles came to Baylor from Houston after a long career as a successful Texas HS coach.   Briles certainly knew his Xs and Os and how to light up scoreboards; but he needed “stud thugs” to do so consistently against the Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, TCU opponents.

    NOTE:  Baylor’s quick ascension to The Elite matched neighboring TCU’s ascension.  While Texas and Texas A&M stumbled.  It is all a simple matter of shuffling the stud thugs.  He who gets the most of’em …. wins!  Ws count more than “rapes”…. A LOT MORE.

    With both Baylor and TCU…. stud thug issues escalated as soon as the stud-thug population reached critical mass.   FWIW…. a dozen or so motivated stud thugs can make a difference on Saturday…. as well as “around campus”.Baylor Sign

    Hey.  Cut Ol’ Art some slack.  He did put up a sign on the practice field fence.  What more do you want… REALLY!  GO BEARS!

    Enticing 5-star stud thugs to “your school” isn’t rocket surgery….. (1) lots of “blingy” facilities; and (2) a cooperative local law enforcement to “go easy on our guys”.  Boys will be boys…. young men “have needs” …. “it’s the girls’ fault” …. etc etc etc.

    EVERY Elite Program has stud thug issues.   In most cases sustained Elite status justifies the “thuggery” when it does leak out.   SEC schools delight in researching each other’s thuggery and keeping on-going tallies of same.   Florida State doesn’t keep count any more. …. “how many grains of sand on Panama City beaches?”

    Locally NC State and UNC partisans have kept score for decades and the list of “bad boys” was never more than a 3-4 bad boy difference.   Then Marvin hit SEND and all that changed.

    Pay attention to how The Baylor Scandal plays out.   Look for THAT Ken Starr to get canned very soon.   As with pretty much all Academic Executives he will get a “sweetheart of a deal” and “reassigned”…. “humbled” for sure but not bruised too much. A better fate than those unfortunate coeds got…. for sure.

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    UPDATE:  It’s Official!  Ken Starr thrown under bus as “Designated Fall Guy” …. Art Briles dodges bullet as expected….

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    I expect Art Briles to dodge this bullet…. much better than The Butcher did of course since The Butcher didn’t dodge his bullet.   That guy at Ol’ Miss will survive too.   Going “Sgt Schultz” works far more often than not UNLESS the coach in question has lost two straight to “our hated rival” then even Sgt Schultz can’t save him.

    When can we expect to see a real contender to College Sports Scandal G.O.A.T?   The program that combines “stud thug mayhem” with a “convoluted eligibility scam”…..

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    But Wait …. There’s More !!   LINK

    BobLee
    • Bobby Salmon Reply
      3 years ago

      I’m sure you have seen this but just in case:
      http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/15745318/baylor-bears-dismiss-football-coach-art-briles

      • BobLee Reply
        3 years ago

        Yes and will be commenting in full later tonight. About to shut down the site for a few hours to powerwash it.

    • D M Carpenter Reply
      3 years ago

      The post scandal actions bring to mind a line from Casablanca, “Arrest the usual suspects”.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 years ago

        All “these things” follow a common script that seems to work nearbout every time. It always comes down to “Tru Believers” versus Lynch Mob of “hated rivals”.

    • Doug Reply
      3 years ago

      Makes perfect sense to me. Rapist players, coaches and boosters want to win games. Fire the president and let the ones responsible off the hook. Yep. Just about the right decision.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 years ago

        It’s how it’s done these days …. 🙁

        • Mike Bawden Reply
          3 years ago

          Been around awhile, not new!

          “Driesell survived a potential firing in 1983 when he allegedly called a woman to pressure her into dropping rape charges against Maryland player Herman Veal. But his 524-224 record in 26 seasons as a college coach, including nine at Davidson, was not enough to save his job when the full scope of the Bias affair became known.”

          I could be wrong, but I think the players called Driesell about Bias FIRST and he instructed them to “clean” the room before anyone got there.

          Since you pre-date internet by a long shot, the epic stories abounded around campuses, but never got out to the press. A few could control information. NO MORE.

          DRUDGE is the gold standard for blowing the lid off controlled information from getting out.

          New information age, not new issues.

          Maybe Cam Newton stealing a LAPTOP is new, but rape, recruiting scandals, grade manipulation, sordid relationships, drugs, payola, internal issues on teams, etc….old stuff.

          • BobLee Reply
            3 years ago

            As I recall you are correct about Lefty trying to cover up on Len Bias. It didn’t work so well for Lefty. Indeed thugs and their shenanigans ain’t nothing new in Big Time College Sports. A bit more technically efficient these days is all.

    • TheCowdog Reply
      3 years ago

      Who are the real thugs? 280 million bucks/15 yrs. to sport gear. Thanks, UCLA. And I guess that’s chump change. Start there before we get into the socio-psychotic.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 years ago

        Huh? Going ’68 on me… assume you are saying BTCSports is awash with nefarious characters at every level which is true.

        • TheCowdog Reply
          3 years ago

          My bad. I might have assumed you knew of the consummated deal between UA and UCLA.

          • BobLee Reply
            3 years ago

            I’m not that aware of Pac-12 shenanigans.

    • Steve Loftis Reply
      3 years ago

      I am a fan of the column and this is not necessarily for publication…Understanding the definitions and acronyms are critical to understanding your writings and those of many commenters. I really liked today where you defined GOAT and Triangle SMSA, but will I remember when it appears 3 weeks from now? TGU and ABC may be perplexing to new readers. Some of the comments force me to guess at the meaning, where you understand, and reply in the comments section. I have no idea how it would be done, but it would help to have a reference place to get the definition or explain the acronym/nicknames, as example…we read, i.e. TO’B, Prince Albert, Little Johnny and Skipper, who are we talking about? We refer our friends to read BobLeeSays and it can be hard to stay with it when there is no means to “define” what is being written. Sometimes this old brain has a hard time remembering…Those much smarter than me may have an easy fix. When we understand, it is very humorous and though provoking…a good read. But if we struggle to understand…not so good.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 years ago

        If I had a nickel …. I get “that” a LOT! I’m trying to get better with the “insider lingo”. Blondie is my #1 critic on this. ….. BUT I am NOT responsible for NCSU’68’s cryptic novellas. Even my Navajo codebreaker has trouble with his. 🙂

    • 58 wolf kennel Reply
      3 years ago

      Just back from Duke- Wake play-in game in ACC baseball tournament. Wake survives. No Baylor-like scandal in sight. Of course it’s always interesting to see how any institution (church, business, government, or university) handles a scandal. Too bad UNC-CH hasn’t found a way that could benefit Baylor, namely INTEGRITY.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 years ago

        Apparently no school ever “learns” other than “go Sgt Schultz” and dummy up which they ALL seem to do. Baylor Prez/Chanc canned earlier today… but offered a cushy gig at their Law School. Head Coach still free as a bird and doing a Roy imitation.

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