One of the more disappointing scandals in all of sports is beginning to surface as it is clear some horrible events were covered up at Baylor University. An investigation into the Bears' football program conducted by Pepper Hamilton was released earlier on Thursday showcasing evidence and proof that police, coaches, and administration was knowledgable about the infractions of some of the football players at Baylor, attempted to punish those that came forward with information, and dissuaded complainants of charging the accused.
The investigation centered around sexual assault convictions of Baylor football players. Investigations unearthed that there were sometimes retaliation towards complainants that accused players of sexual assaults. There may be additional information and additional cases as time goes on.
In addition, Baylor is also being accused of 'failing to effectively implement Title IX'.
It is a disgusting scandal that has since caused the dismissal of head coach Art Briles and the demotion of President Ken Starr to university chancellor with very little power.
Iowa running back commit Eno Benjamin, a Scout100 player, is from Texas and had an offer from Baylor. He voiced his displeasure with the findings at the in-state school and his satisfaction with rejecting the Bears' pursuit of his services.
As shown above, via twitter Benjamin stated that he was "so glad (he) made the right choice and decided not to pursue Baylor."
It was believed that Baylor could be the one program that could challenge Iowa for Benjamin's services, even after his verbal pledge to the Hawkeyes. With this scandal being uncovered and Briles out as head coach, the Bears' should no longer be a challenger.
However, the most important thing in all this is to wish the victims rapid recovery, mentally, emotionally, and physically as they attempt to move past these unthinkable actions and for justice to ultimately prevail as it should so that safety can be ensured for those harmed and prevent such actions from happening again, anywhere.