Gil LeBreton

Baylor’s next coach? Whoa, let it clean up first.

Would Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett make a good replacement for fired Art Briles? No, the whole staff must go.
Would Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett make a good replacement for fired Art Briles? No, the whole staff must go. AP

Art Briles’ replacement?

Whoa. Whoa. Whoa, people.

Baylor is still an active crime scene. Let the Board of Regents clean up first.

In the meantime, don’t dwell upon athletic director Ian McCaw’s perceived wrist slap and Ken Starr being allowed to hang around. Somebody like McCaw has to show the interim people where to find the rest rooms, and in Starr’s case there likely are fund-raising initiatives tied to him that the school didn’t want to abandon.

By September, as long as Baylor is continuing to think clearly, McCaw should be gone and so should the entire football staff.

Yes, the entire football staff. None of them came forward to report the charges of the sexual assault victims. This was a full Silence of the Bears.

Plus, some of them, presumably at the head coach’s behest, recruited the characters who perpetrated the sexual assaults.

The coaching staff also has to have known about an incident, mentioned in the Pepper Hamilton report, about a sexual assault that involved “multiple football players.” Something like that just doesn’t happen without the coaches hearing about it.

And yet, it wasn’t reported.

The litany of possible Briles replacements will be duly noted for now, but please heed the time out. It is much too soon.

A Twitter suggestion Thursday that Phil Bennett, Briles’ defensive coordinator, would be a good candidate for the Baylor job was way off the sanity charts. Bennett was ready to use Sam Ukwuachu last season, even while knowing that the Boise State transfer had a court date – and as it turned out, a trip to prison -- pending.

No, the next Baylor head coach needs to be somebody entirely above reproach. Somebody willing to come in as a place holder, of sorts, who will run a clean program, restore some integrity, and then hand off to a more up-and-coming coach.

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