Thoughts and Opinion
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I've been dealing with anxiety disorder-reflated issues for a while now. It's really hit my writing the blog, where I'm lucky get one story a day up.
I just wanted to get that out of the way because it has been a factor in why I haven't covered the recent situation at Baylor or similar cases at other schools. Writing on the more serious issues surrounding college football has become pretty intimidating. It's something I need to come to grips with, and I hope that I have your support in doing so.
With that out of the way, I'll say this about Baylor:
1) Yahoo! Sports has a full story on the situation at Baylor as it stands. Baylor head coach Art Briles will be fired and the school's president, Kenneth Starr, has been demoted to the job of the school's chancellor.
2) In addition, Deadspin had a article Wednesday dealing with the legal issues surrounding Baylor's silence on the scandal. Baylor has had more leeway in keeping how its dealt with the situation confidential due to it being a private university. It's private status means it has been able to avoid releasing information to media outlets, which public universities in the state of Texas are legally obliged to do.
3) It's been a terrible situation, which Baylor will be forced to deal with the consequences for years to come, on and off the football field. Dealing with the issue only begins with firing Briles.
4) Kenneth Starr's demotion from Baylor school president to its chancellor is hopefully just a first step in severing Starr's ties to the school. I won't speculate on why Starr wasn't completely fired, but his continued role at the school is already sticking out like a sore thumb.
Starr was the chief investigator of the financial and personal scandals that surrounded former US President Bill Clinton during his administration. His role (or lack thereof) in the scandal at Baylor makes the situation at the school look even worse.
5) It's really hard to even me to think about the future of the program at the moment. It is bound to be adversely affected, and players innocent of any wrongdoing will have to deal with the consequences as well. Hopefully