It appears that the first domino in Baylor’s sordid sexual assault scandal is about to tumble. Whether the biggest one, football-wise, is far behind remains to be seen.
According to a report from Chip Brown of HornDigest.com, Baylor’s Board of Regents are expected to part ways with president Ken Starr by the end of the month, if not sooner. The report of Starr’s impending ouster comes less than a week after another damning Outside the Lines report in which further allegations of sexual assault and/or violence committed by Bears football players were, essentially, swept under the rug.
In one new allegation from the most recent report, an alleged victim who was a BU student at the time claimed she was assaulted twice by her boyfriend, a BU football player. She claimed that even as Starr and head football coach Art Briles were aware of her claims, the unidentified player was never disciplined by either the football program or the university.
At least six women, and perhaps more, have claimed to have been sexually assaulted or physically abused by BU football players from 2009-16. In late March of this year, a woman filed a lawsuit against Baylor in which she claims she was raped by a Bear football player, Tevin Elliott, and that the university was “deliberately indifferent to complaints by student victims of rape.
In 2014, Elliott was convicted of sexually assaulting another different BU student at a party in 2012 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Another former Bear football player, Sam Ukwuachu, was convicted of sexually assaulting a BU student in October of 2013 following the Homecoming win over Iowa State and was sentenced to 10 years felony probation. In December of last year, the victim in that case reached a settlement with the university.
Given the spate of negative headlines, some have begun to wonder just how long Briles, 65-37 since taking over in 2008, can survive as the Bears’ coach. Based on Brown’s report, it appears that is indeed the case as the regents are seemingly prepared to make Starr the one and only public sacrificial lamb.
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
The only thing that is clear, according to sources, is that Starr – not Briles – is going to be the fall guy for the school’s inaction
Sources said Briles, who has revived a moribund football program by winning at least 10 games in four of the past five years, including two Big 12 titles and a Heisman Trophy (Robert Griffin III in 2011), will continue as football coach, barring any evidence turning up that Briles was engaged in a coverup.
Brown’s closing quote is the most damning when it comes to the current climate in Waco.
“The feeling is if the board got rid of Art (Briles), they’d be sitting in a $300 million mausoleum instead of that new football stadium.”
Yep, just win, baby. Just when you thought this story couldn’t get any more sickening…
The news wasn’t so positive on the mascot front for LSU Monday. Tuesday, there’s a little more uplifting news on that front coming from Texas.
UT has announced that the university has identified the next longhorn who will serve as the school’s live mascot. Bevo XV is in the midst of training for the job, and will make its debut when the football team does for the 2016 season — Sept. 4 at home against Notre Dame in one of the most anticipated games in a highly-anticipated opening weekend.
“Bevo has embodied Longhorn pride and Texas spirit for 100 years,” UT president Gregory Fenves said in a statement. “He is part of our campus culture and has watched our football team’s successes for decades. I’m looking forward to seeing Bevo XV in his place of honor on the field this coming season.”
“We are excited to kick off the upcoming athletics season by introducing the newest edition of one of our most beloved traditions at The University of Texas,” a statement from athletic director Mike Perrin began. “It’s also appropriate to unveil Bevo XV during this 100th anniversary year. We all look forward to meeting Bevo XV in September.”
The debut of Bevo XV coincides with the 100th anniversary of Bevo’s first appearance at a Longhorns football game.
Not surprisingly, one member of the Boston College football team is being sent off on a forced sabbatical.
Monday, BC announced that Troy Flutie has been indefinitely suspended from the program. The move came a few hours after his arrest on alcohol-related charges was made public.
After hitting a curb with a vehicle very early Saturday morning, Flutie was ultimately arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor, possession of an open container of liquor while driving and being a person younger than 21 in possession of liquor. He was also issued a citation for a marked lanes violation.
The school said that the quarterback/wide receiver faces “additional university sanctions pending the outcome of the court proceedings” as well.
Flutie began his BC career as a quarterback and, after redshirting as a true freshman, played in eight games in 2015. He completed 24-of-49 passes for three touchdowns and an interception during his limited action. Because of injuries at the position, Flutie was one of four Eagles quarterbacks to attempt at least 42 passes last season.
This spring, Flutie,the son of former BC wide receiver Darren Flutie and nephew of 1984 Heisman winner Doug Flutie, was moved to wide receiver.
While Walter Tucker has left Miami, it doesn’t appear he’l be leaving the state of Florida.
On social media over the weekend, Walter Tucker, by way of Matt Porter of Palm Beach Post, has indicated that he will continue his collegiate playing career at FIU. That football program has not announced one way or the other the fullback’s connection to the football program.
In his Instagram post, Tucker, in addition to revealing his father has cancer, posted a photo of himself superimposed over FIU’s football stadium as well as the hashtags “#FIUNATION,” “#PANTHERNATION.” and “#PANTHERPRIDE.”
These past few months have been really hard on me, trying to figure out what school am I going to end up at and my dad ended up going to the hospital and finding out that he has cancer and just lot of stress upon me up to this point. God gave me a second chance to play the sport I love and to be honest I have to give God all the glory for helping me with this decision! #FIUNATION #PANTHERNATION #PANTHERPRIDE
It’s unclear if Tucker would be eligible to play immediately in 2016 with the Panthers.
Tucker played in 32 games the past three seasons, mainly on special teams. He carried the ball three times for eight yards in 2015, and caught one pass for eight yards the year before.
In February, new Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt announced that Tucker had decided to transfer from The U.