SOURCES: STARR - NOT BRILES - WILL BE BU'S FALL GUY

President and chancellor Ken Starr - not football coach Art Briles - will be Baylor's fall guy, sources tell HornsDigest.com.

Multiple sources connected to Baylor told HornsDigest.com football coach Art Briles has a better chance of keeping his job after the school's rape scandal than BU president and chancellor Ken Starr.

The sources said Starr will probably be reassigned to a position in BU's law school as a result of the failed leadership displayed after multiple rape claims made by female Baylor students against five BU football players all but went ignored. Two Baylor football players  - Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu - were convicted of rape.

 

ESPN's Outside The Lines had yet another report on new allegations on Thursday involving allegations of physical assault by former Baylor football players against women.

And here's a disturbing account from a female Baylor student who claimed she was raped by a fellow BU student and got nothing but admiration from Starr for telling her story ...

http://musingsofstef.blogspot.com/2016/05/dear-baylor-i-no-longer-have-a...

 

Despite the new allegations, Baylor's silence from the president's office persists.

 

I'm told the term of BU regent Richard Willis as chairman of the 35-member regents board is only through the end of May. Willis said after Baylor regents were briefed on the Pepper Hamilton investigation commissioned by the school that it could take "several weeks" for the regents to ask their own questions before taking any action.

That raises the question if the BU board would seek to move Starr out as president before Willis' chairmanship is up or if such action would come under the next board chairman. 

 

Briles, who has taken an irrelevant football program to two Big 12 titles in the last three years (including a bunch of new athletics facilities),  is sometimes referred to by Baylor brass as "Moses." He will continue on as football coach, and Ian McCaw would continue as athletic director - barring any evidence in the independent review by the Pepper Hamilton law firm showing an overt cover-up by either Briles or McCaw, BU sources told HD. 

 

The hope would be a new president at Baylor could establish a strong relationship with Briles to make sure nothing like this ever happens again.  

 

Starr's personality is to avoid conflict and is too much like an attorney who always invokes attorney-client privilege in refusing to disclose any information, sources said. That is absolutely the wrong approach to have at Baylor right now, those sources said.

 

"Even at a private school, you have to get out in front of something like this and yell from the mountain top that you're going to get to the bottom of everything, turn everything over and make sure this never happens again," one high-powered BU source said. "The school's reputation is on the line."

 

Keep an eye on Joel Allison, who is stepping down as CEO of Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health in February 2017 as a possible replacement for Starr after an interim president is appointed for the next 6-7 months, sources said.

 


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