The Wallstreet Journal has a story with a few details provided by Baylor Board of Regent Members. It's unreal the attitude taken by some of the Baylor donors and boosters:
Drayton McLane, a billionaire businessman whose name is on the Baylor football stadium, and other large donors asked the board for a private briefing on why the regents took such drastic action. Mr. Murff, chairman of the regents, declined to give them details of the investigation.
“They were very cold,” Mr. McLane said in an interview, adding that the controversy won’t affect his giving to Baylor and that he “just wants to understand the decisions that were made.”
Mr. Murff said other wealthy alumni suggested they would withhold millions of dollars if Baylor didn’t bring Mr. Briles back.
Interim Baylor President David Garland released a statement to the press today in which he says there will be no release of the full Pepper Hamilton report because the report wasn't a written one; it was delivered orally:
In recent days, various voices have called for the release of the “full report.” Pepper Hamilton’s report was delivered in the form of an oral presentation that fully and comprehensively presented the individual and aggregated findings and the evidence supporting the findings.
How convenient. Garland then refers people to the already released, vague written summary that names no names. This should put interim Head Football Coach Jim Grobe in an interesting position to defend his decision to keep the entire coaching staff intact. He said his decision was based on reading part of the Pepper Hamilton report. If all that is available is what has already been released, there really could be no way to know what involvement other coaches had in covering up sexual abuse. Did he do his own internal review (seems doubtful he could have thoroughly investigated anything on his own in the little time he had)? Did he depend on the Board of Regents to tell him if any of the coaching staff was implicated in the report? Are the members of the Board of Regents now the only ones at Baylor who will ever know the entire contents of the report. Why in the world should anyone believe anything they say at this point?
To make matters worse, President Garland then goes on to say no further details will be released to protect the privacy of the victims that were raped and sexually assaulted by Baylor athletes and students:
We respect survivors’ freedom to choose whether, when and how to share their experiences and will support survivors who choose to share their experiences publicly. The details of these individuals’ experiences will not be discussed publicly by the University.
As Tom Ley of Deadspin put it:
We still don’t know who specifically turned a blind eye to sexual assault allegations, who allowed the football program to run its own improper disciplinary apparatus, or how exactly at least one victim was retaliated against. Without names, dates, and correspondences on the table, all of this has a much better chance at being completely forgotten. That’s exactly what the university wants, because Baylor is full of shit and David Garland is a disingenuous coward.
I couldn't agree more.
This is a painful story on a former USC commitment, Brian Banks, who was charged with rape when he was 17 years old. He was a highly touted LB who had a UM offer at the time of the rape conviction. After agreeing to a plea bargain, he served six years in prison. 10 years after the initial claim, she admitted that she lied about everything, and he was exonerated. Still, though, she requested to keep the $1.5M payout she received from the school - geesh! This is the kind of story that makes me try to reserve judgement when it comes to situations like that [Mod Edit -- of other people who are accused of crimes -- zl]. http://newsone.com/2017533/brian-banks-facebook-page/
Mod Edit: I locked the thread. The comments aren't going well and the subject is too touchy. Let's all agree, doing bad things to other people is really bad. [zl]