It’s nice to see a school put the security and respect of young women ahead of football success.
Baylor made that statement today by firing highly-successful football coach Art Briles.
Briles, who led the Bears from the college football scrapheap to national prominence in his eight years in Waco, paid the price for a program run amok with allegations he looked the other way when some of his players were raping coeds on campus.
And some of his players were involved in other assaults.
It looked as if Briles might just survive the scandal and continue coaching in the sparkling new stadium he helped build.
Surprisingly, and refreshingly, Baylor made a bold statement and said no. (Insert applause here).
We don’t know all the sordid details soon to come from the Pepper Hamilton Report (which hopefully Baylor releases to the public), but we know enough that Briles shouldn’t be leading young men.
It certainly appears that Briles ran the football program like John Gotti ran the Gambino crime family, looking the other way when his players committed horrible acts, with a Machiavellian approach to keep himself in power while the Bears kept cranking out victories on the field.
No doubt on the field Briles is an offensive genius, a great strategist and recruiter. His teams played an exciting, take no prisoners brand of football.
Off the field, Briles failed his school and young women in the community miserably.
Football is a game. What happened at Baylor ruins real lives.
So Briles got what he deserved.
He put his program above all else. And made himself king. Uneasy is the head that wears the crown.
In the college football Game of Thrones, Art Briles no longer has his.