Thursday, May 26, 2016

Reports: Baylor dismisses football coach Art Briles

Baylor football coach Art Briles answers questions from the media during the NCAA college Big 12 Conference Football Media Days Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Dallas.

Baylor football coach Art Briles answers questions from the media during the NCAA college Big 12 Conference Football Media Days Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Dallas.


One of the Big 12’s top football coaches is out of a job.

According to multiple media reports on Thursday, Baylor dismissed head coach Art Briles.

The move away from Briles, who went 65-37 in eight seasons in Waco, Texas, comes amid scrutiny of Baylor University’s handling of reports of rape and assault by football players.

Baylor defensive end Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of sexual assault, and star defensive end Shawn Oakman is under investigation for similar allegations.

Briles took over a losing program in 2008 and by his third year the Bears were posting winning records and reaching bowl games every season. Each of the past three years, BU won at least 10 games.

Yahoo’s Pat Forde reports Baylor is expected to name Phil Bennett, Briles’ defensive coordinator, interim head coach.


Brett McCabe 2 years ago

Couldn't happen to a nicer piece of sht. Next up? Their hypocrite president. There is a special place in hll for each of them.

There is no room in sports for this type of crap. We act as if it's hard to find upstanding young men who have both the capability and desire to play football. It's not hard. We just make it seem like it is.

I hope the whole friggin' thing collapses on their collective heads.

Micky Baker 2 years ago

The President of Baylor is already terminated I believe. The board of regents just voted within the past couple of days to fire Ken Starr.

When a program puts the money associated with winning games ahead of character and making men of the players, this is what happens. It's a big blow for Baylor. At least one more player on the team is under investigation for rape, Oakman(their star defensive player). Makes you wonder if there might be recruiting violations to go along with these other severe allegations.

John Boyle 2 years ago

Ken Starr was removed as president of Baylor but did not lose his job as Chancellor of the school. So more of a slap on the wrist for not keeping a better eye on Briles' football team.

Jay Scott 2 years ago

Thanks Brett. I won a bet that you would be the first to comment on anything that you could connect to Ken Starr...

Were you this angry at all of Bubba's blatant serial sexual harassment and rape allegations?

No... He's entitled to anything he wants, right?

Your anger and high behavioral standards extended only to football, not Donkeycrat Presidents or Governors... Right?

Kevin Studer 2 years ago

Oh, good. Jay is here to Alex Jones / Rush Limbaugh up a sports article for everyone. As always, with no interest or provocation from anyone else. Go to a political website and act like a partisan hack, kid.

Jay Scott 2 years ago

It seems that the entirety of the discussion is too complex for you Kevin. Perhaps Cartoon Network has a discussion board that's more your speed.

Kevin Studer 1 year, 12 months ago

Oh, right. I simply don't understand your brilliant nuance when you use words like "donkeycrat." I apologize, you are clearly a deep thinker.

Jay Scott 1 year, 12 months ago

No my simple friend, you didn't understand the beginning of the discussion and the issues behind the attack on Baylor's leadership. That's OK. I would just suggest that you not make angry and childish statements when you don't understand all of what's involved. It will save you from looking idiotic in the future.

Chip Chipperson 1 year, 12 months ago

"you didn't understand the beginning of the discussion and the issues behind the attack on Baylor's leadership."

Please explain. We're all ears.

Chip Chipperson 1 year, 12 months ago

So you actually didn't have anything to say discussing the issues behind the attack on Baylor's leadership. Why am I not surprised.

"After you took the inexcusably vulgar step of calling someone a "leech" for their military service I doubted that you would be willing to use this ID again. Can you be even more vile?"

All you ever do is put people down and call people stupid. I doubt you are offended. You are a bad actor just like your boy Trump.

Jay Scott 1 year, 12 months ago

Brett/Chip. That was your comment directed at another participant on the day that you created this additional ID to say the same idiotic things you always say. I notice that you have no quarrel with the assertion that you're the same person.

Your comment history is brief enough that it's easily found.

I could never accuse you of being stupid to the extent that your own comments make this obvious.

Please stop. I don't need to help you humiliate yourself any further.

Chip Chipperson 1 year, 12 months ago

Please explain "the issues behind the attack on Baylor's leadership."

Stop deflecting

Chip Chipperson 1 year, 12 months ago

Please explain " the discussion and the issues behind the attack on Baylor's leadership"

Stop deflecting.

Carter Patterson 2 years ago

I'm guessing K-State is already making inquiries....

Michael Maris 2 years ago

I bet Texas Tech is as well. Since, Briles has a history at TTU.

Steve Corder 2 years ago

K-State? I must be missing some media reports.

Michael Maris 2 years ago

With the recent Baylor Bear Football program news, Coach Snyder's future. Anderson Complex, Locker Room and other facility renovations pending. Things could really turn for the Jayhawks Football program (if the cards are all played right). ROCK CHALK!

Damian Glaze 2 years ago

I was thinking the same thing. A shift like this could be the catalyst KU needs to help turn it around. The reports are many Baylor prospects will change their commitment. How much groundwork has Beaty and company done to maybe get three or more of those guys.

Steve Macy 2 years ago

What a cesspool. With the problems the basketball program had at the turn of the century, is there a possible death-penalty coming from the NCAA?

Aaron Paisley 2 years ago

No because the NCAA doesn't legislate morality.

Micky Baker 2 years ago

Nor does it actually uphold integrity.

Harlan Hobbs 2 years ago

No, Steve. I think that Baylor has essentially restored their image in basketball, although they never seem to perform up to expectations. As for the football program, they have taken significant action, and while the NCAA may sanction them further, I doubt it because this involves the university's handling of things generally outside the realm of NCAA oversight. By comparison, the sex scandal involving Louisville is much more in the NCAA's wheel house since it involved recruiting.

What happened at Baylor is tragic and appalling. However, I give the "powers that be" credit for not trying to whitewash the situation. Criticize them as you may, it is a religious oriented university that is following principles. Can't say that about a number of other schools who shall remain nameless.

Doug Wallace 2 years ago

I guess they didnt learn from the Basketball ordeal a while back did they?

Harlan Hobbs 2 years ago

A while back, Doug? How about probably over ten years ago. Scott Drew has the second longest tenure in the Big 12, behind Bill Self of course.

Like Art Briles, Dave Bliss was a scoundrel, and he paid the price. Has anyone heard of him since?

Kenneth Johnson 1 year, 12 months ago

They say it all starts at the top. And with slimeball Ken Starr as President of Baylor University, it’s no surprise that the school and its football program are now mired in a scandal involving their handling of sexual assaults by several football players.

Starr, you may remember, previously headed the Republican witchunt investigation of President Clinton, that diverted from the explicit purpose of examining his financial affairs to focusing on his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.

A report from Pepper Hamilton, an outside law firm hired by Baylor last fall, found the school " failed to take appropriate action to respond to reports of sexual assault and dating violence reportedly committed by football players. The choices made by football staff and athletics leadership, in some instances, posed a risk to campus safety and the integrity of the University."

The report also found Baylor administrators actively discouraged some complainants from reporting or participating in student conduct processes and in one case constituted retaliation against a complainant for reporting sexual assault.

It’s sweet justice to see that Starr is now on the other side of a scandal investigation.

Jay Scott 1 year, 12 months ago

Kenny.... If you're going to provide background on Starr, how about a tiny bit of honesty?

Clinton was investigated and impeached because he lied under oath repeatedly about a relationship that would get any CEO fired. Starr didn't create the motion to investigate, he was hired to do the job. He did it in exactly the manner you would expect if your daughter or the CEO of a company in which you were a shareholder were involved. What's this nonsense about somebody's finances?

It's sad that liberals are so misinformed about things that they are so zealous. Or is it just pure dishonesty.....

Chris Bailey 1 year, 12 months ago

I'm with you Jay on everything. Clinton was impeached but only in the House. Unfortunately the Senate acquitted him of the charges. It's much like all that his wife has done and now is being swept under the rug. She's a horrible person and only interested in her own self benefit and her ability to abuse that power. I can't stand Hillary but actually didn't mind Bill even though I'm a life-long conservative. The further we get away from academia the more conservative we become. Sadly, so many still see large government as the answer. Always nice to see someone stand up even though there will be some backlash for speaking our minds. So be it.

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