I thought about using the image of the atomic blast for this article, but chose not to. However, it probably would have been more relevant to this article than the previous since this one will actually talk about "fallout." But, I'm getting ahead of myself.
First of all, this group now seems to have adopted a name (finally). They call themselves the "Golden Bears," or so I was told in a chat session the other day during the Colorado game. These "Golden Bears," according to one poster who was using the name DOUG, were going to be "exercising some of their options" during the upcoming week before homecoming. He would not elaborate, but it may have already started.
There was an interesting post put up on the "Football Message Board" located elsewhere on this site, by a poster who used the name of "tireddad" and purported to be the parent of one of the players. He talked about division on the team, widespread marijuana use . . . I suppose that is when the "red flag" went up. You know, it's entirely possible that the poster is the parent of a player, but it is also entirely probable that he is one of these "Golden Bears" who decided to use a little "mis-information" for the cause. I mean, at least one of their members has proven his relationship of being much less than honest, so if your think the group is without it's representatives who would lie, misinform, or do anything in order to "help the cause" then you only need to look individually to know better.
In any event, Baylor athletes are tested more for drug use than any other school in the Big 12. Not only do they have the prescribed and mandated testing by the NCAA, but they also have prescribed and mandated testing by Baylor University. Now, maybe it's because we are Baylor, and maybe it is also because a few years ago we had some issues where arrests were made, shots were fired, more arrests were made, and where student athletes were expelled. But, for whatever the reasons, Baylor is well tested. To make a statement to the contrary is either totally misinformed, or being creative.
There have also been comments made, mostly by annonymous internet posters, that the players have quit. To that end, I only have two questions. First of all, name them. I mean if there are players who have quit, they should be easily pointed out. Then secondly, I watched the last three minutes of the Kansas game. I didn't see any quit. I don't think Kansas saw any quit. Where were all the quitters? Did Aaron Karas quit? Did Robert Quiroga quit? Did Chedrick Ricks quit? Did the defensive front quit? Did the linebackers quit? Did the secondary quit? Did Reggie Newhouse quit? Did Daniel Andino quit? Even this last game, a game lost 34-0, which was the halftime score. Now, I look at that, and I feel that if you are going toe-to-toe for three quarters and it is 0-0 or 7-0, and then you lose it 28-0 or 28-7, then you might have a case for players quitting. However, if a team can go out and hold a Top 25 Team scoreless in the second half, that is not quitting. At least, in my way of looking at things it is not.
But now, more to the point, the fallout. No matter what the cause, no matter what the events, there is always fallout.I would use collateral damage, but that was talking about the innocents - now we are talking about the participants. Some won't like this illustration, but when somebody has a bomb strapped to their ribs and walks into a crowded restaurant, they also suffer the consequences. They may get their point across, and they may make someone believe in their cause, but they've also committed suicide.
That's going to be the case here. Some of these people have put their names on the line. Some are very well known, and no matter what they have been known for in the past, whether on the gridiron or through building Baylor, now they will be known for "how they attempted to bring her down to her knees." It really doesn't matter if they are successful in their attempts, or not - the truth is that only among their own will they be appreciated, and soon they will discover just how small that group is.
I keep saying "if they are successful." There is no guarantee they will get their way, even after the events of the next few days. Then, if they do get their way, the only way they seem to think they can rectify the harm is to bring in a new "name" coach. However, the things they are doing right now, and the way they are doing them could be their own biggest stumbling block. I will go in to that in tomorrow's article. It is entitled, "Who'll work for a school who's fans rule?"
However, there is a bigger question that is going to be answered one way or another, very soon. Is this group of fans, who actually represent a small number on the scale that is Baylor University, going to be able to force decisions by the administration? Are a few people going to be able to dictate change to the decision makers? If successful, will they stop? Or will they find something else they don't like? You know, at least one has said that he would rather see Baylor "open up" and have alcohol on campus, and would like to see athletic programs that would cheat if they have to in order to win, and readily bring up Oklahoma, Texas A&M, SMU, and others who were able to do it "their way" and win. Who knows, maybe some group will form later on and want to change things like that. I guess we're fixing to find out.