Baylor Rape Charges
Obviously with the Billion dollar industry that college football is there are going to be rules broken and some shattered like Baylor. Let’s start with some examples of NCAA teams getting what we will call the Death Penalty. I would say that teams get this for something so serious its national headlines. It is also so obvious the penalty for such infraction should be harsh to teach a lesson to every NCAA team from division 3 on up.
Let’s start with the most famous of all of them at least for me is the SMU death penalty. The most serious violation was the maintenance of a slush fund used for “under the table” payments to players from the mid-1970s through 1986. It all started when they brought in Ron Meyer. SMU was looking for a spark to their program and He was it. At the beginning, they didn’t have the results they had expected from 76-79 so he started assembling the best recruiting class in the nation by any means necessary.
To quote up some Wikipedia:
Ron Meyer’s recruiting strategy was very aggressive. He pursued and attracted the finest football players from all of Texas. Not all of his players were acquired the ethical way, however; his recruiting staff was paying recruits, and Meyer was letting it slide. According to Steve Endicott, the first payments came at Kashmere High School in Houston, Texas. “… It was Ron, Myself, Rob (Robin Buddecke, Endicott’s assistant), and maybe another coach…I can’t pin it down it was maybe twenty or fifty bucks or something like that we gave”. the Kashmere football players would call the SMU recruiters “Santa Claus”. The little payments of 20 dollars turned into 500 dollars, Buddecke was said to have handed out 100-dollar bills to recruits when meeting them at airports. According to a first-hand account of Lance, Mcilhenny coaches would randomly put cash in their football cleats as a reward for a good game, or even a good practice.
Needless to say, this was Movie level strategy for paying players to come to SMU. The slush fund had grown to about $61,000 between the years of 85-86. It was a just pompous level of assholes here. The actions finally were learned by the easiest investigation ever I’m assuming and it was covered by major news outlets. The result of this was basically 2-year ban of anyone playing football at the university loss of 55 scholarships after and they couldn’t play in a bowl game till after 1990.
This one I’m sure happens almost all the time in college basketball. They gave a hopeful transfer who ultimately never did, Vincent Askew cash for plane tickets, clothes, an electric bill for his grandmother, and a no-show job by then-Kansas head coach Larry Brown and three other individuals whom the NCAA considered to be boosters. Another booster admitted to giving small loans to a bunch of players including Danny Manning. The penalties ultimately issued included three years’ probation and a postseason ban for the 1988–89 season.
Penn State football
I don’t really want to get into this much. We all know what happened. I am still going to be pissed about this one till the day I die. I’m glad the ol’ coach died but I wish he would have had to testify and go to jail for getting what he deserved. If there is a God he would make sure that Sandusky gets his come comeuppance in jail and in hell after. The results were a 4-year bowl ban. The majority of the NCAA big shots wanted to shut the program down for 4 years. I’m sure the right hands got greased to make sure that didn’t happen since it didn’t. On a personal note, it makes me sick to see their jersey every time.
Now we come to Baylor
Besides the actions at Penn State, there is nothing really in college that has ever happened like this. It was made known that there were some players that had been accused of rape so much that the head coach was fired but now we know the extent of their actions. Now there has obviously been instances where this has happened but not to this scale and absolute awfulness and for this long period of time. It’s very hard to read the statements by the women who were raped.
Some involve multiple team members who raped a woman in front of her boyfriend. What can you do as a man if your girl is getting raped by a 230lb and 310lb men I couldn’t even imagine. They left multiple bit marks and bruises on the woman. After when the man called the police, they cited insignificant evidence and didn’t pursue the players.
According to another woman:
From 2009-2015, Baylor football players were responsible for numerous crimes involving violent physical assault, armed robbery, burglary, drugs, guns, and, notably, the most widespread culture of sexual violence and abuse of women ever reported in a collegiate athletic program.
This same Jane Doe is noting that there are up to 52 cases of rape, including five cases of gang rape from 31 football players from 11-14. Just writing that makes me sick and anyone with a brain should make you very angry at Baylor and the state of Texas for not acting swiftly when details were brought to light.
Now it’s time for the NCAA to get some real balls and stand up for once. With the horrible details from this case, swift action should be done to the University. Give new meaning to the term Death Penalty in the NCAA.