One of the primary reasons I elected to write about Baylor University and the stories surrounding the raping of Baylor coeds by Baylor football players that was exposed last fall and now this year is because I hate Baylor University. It’s because I have a bias against Baylor University.
My bias against Baylor University explains why I wrote a few years ago that Baylor University had the best athletic department in the country.
My bias against Baylor University, and head football coach Art Briles, explains why I wrote a few years ago that Baylor should give Art an extension and a statue.
My bias against Baylor University explains why I wrote to defend basketball coach Scott Drew.
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My bias against Baylor University explains why I felt the need to write that people should lay off former women’s basketball player Brittney Griner.
This is not a bias issue. Simply put, Baylor is in (another) bad run only this time it has a rape problem. My feeling is that the administration is hiding behind lawyers and privacy laws when they can at least be out in front of a problem and address their customers - their students and their parents - face to face rather than through emails or press releases.
On Tuesday, I wrote that and it should be noted that in that column I wrote that Baylor president Ken Starr’s latest letter was not sent to alums which in fact it was. That’s my bad. A number of Baylor alums told me they did not receive it while more said they had; it depends on whether the alums e-mail address was current in the directory.
The reaction to that column has been varied; enjoy.
“Thank you for your column once again that calls out Baylor (and other schools who cover up for their athletes) for the crime of rape. Clearly students and parents of students of Baylor ought to demand answers from the “Good Baptists.” I have a granddaughter who says she is interested in going to Baylor in two years. Why would I encourage that decision with an administration that clearly is not interested in the welfare of its female population?”
- Bridget in Fort Worth
“I’d like to leave a message for Mr. Engel. I got mad enough at the other article and had it been TCU we wouldn’t have had much of an article. He’s such a favorite for TCU and against Baylor but that is the way some men are. He has to tend to his own business and Baylor isn’t his business. So I would appreciate if he would shutup or get out or whatever.”
- Anonymous female caller who sounded like she is roughly 134 years old.
“We are all sick and tired of colleges protecting their athletes when they commit the rapes and other disgusting acts of violence. It is all about the money and the status of winning. If a coach does not step up and do the right thing he needs to be replaced. Johnny Manziel is the prime example of disfunctionality and what is wrong with college sports.”
“As a 1974 Baylor alum, I have come to realize the Baylor Board of Regents and this President answer to NO ONE. They have constructed the power and leadership structures so that they seem invincible from within. I have repeatedly asked and told President Starr to shake my hand and not hug me when greeting me.... He has yet to hear me.
“I have been tempted to remind him of his dogged prosecution of President Clinton for what he viewed as inappropriate behavior. From my perspective, President Starr is failing us miserably and certainly the women students who were denied assistance and an advocate in the quest for justice and truth in response to their horrible campus assaults. Thank you for your attention to this subject, even though we are ALL tired of Baylor and Starr!!!!”
- Francis who holds two degrees from Baylor.
“I don’t remember if I sent you the other pile of stuff about the Alumni Association or not….this is the same Board of Regents that bulldozed the on-campus Alumni Center to make way for a sidewalk for the new stadium. They have since sued the Alumni Association….a very dysfunctional group of white, rich, men, that are school yard bullies and have decided that football is king at BU….”
“I felt your piece addressing Baylor was on-point. Their history of handling criminal issues is too weak.”
“Thanks for being one of the only journalists with the guts to tackle the Baylor issue. Glad we have you in the Fort to keep everybody accountable. I'm a Horned Frog, and I hope you'd be just as critical if TCU did the same.
“Would you have kicked them off the team and canceled their scholarships before the trial? And I repeat, I don't know how BU treated the women, so unlike you, I don't pre-judge. Maybe they were blown off, maybe not. That's only a mother's opinion. And what's this about her ACCUSER remaining on scholarship? Who accused whom here?
“Your bias had nothing to do with rape, it was in using emotional language, "sly", which was again, only an opinion, not fact. You don't know why the letter was released when it was, and your bias forced you to assume the worst.
“No one said you were a fan of rape, but clearly you are not a fan of BU either. That's fine by me, but don't be surprised when your readers stop believing you on other topics due to your biases. I've been reading The Startle-gram for sixty years, and they have never had a worse sports writer than you.”
- Johnny, Texas A&M graduate
“I would like to enlist in the group of readers who request that social justice and political commentary be confined to the news sections and not spread to sports.
“That said, your recent columns on alleged rapes at Baylor indicate to me you haven't been keeping up with national news on this subject. After the Duke Lacrosse case in which numerous individuals were prematurely punished by the school and prosecuted by an ambitious politician who later had to resign in disgrace as the accusations were proven false, it would seem caution is required in reportage and comments on these kinds of events.
“All over the country universities are being sued for punishing male students falsely accused of rape and for denying them due process rights in kangaroo courts that don't allow them to face their accuser, to bring evidence in their defense, to have an attorney, friend or adviser present in hearings that determine punishment such as expulsion. In one case, a student falsely accused won in court and is STILL being denied re-admission to campus (Innocence apparently is no defense).
“Under the umbrella of Title Nine you mention, SJWs are creating a hostile atmosphere for male students by demanding processes that deny accused students proper venues in which to defend themselves and to advance the notion that accusation is proof of an offense demanding punishment.
“I really hope you aren't a believer in the old "one in five" women are raped on campus meme that has been thoroughly debunked.
“Today males are only about 40% of College student populations, perhaps because of the hostile atmosphere that has been created by administrations eager to please anti-male SJWs. Parents of MALE students should be concerned the atmosphere their sons enter in which their lives can be ruined by one false accusation and a process that railroads them to punishment without mechanism for their defense.
“In sum, I would hope that before you trash Baylor and its administration you would become more informed about what is going on nationwide and contemplate that perhaps Baylor is in a no win position in how it handles accusations of rape. Buffeted by SJW attempts to persecute males on one side and growing numbers of young men taking the university to court over false accusations on the other, the universities have to be cautious in how they handle these events. In the middle also are young women who really ARE victims.
“In many cases, it ISN'T rape. Its a huge mess made worse for all by the anti-male feminists.”
“We found (the Starr letter) clearly written lawyerly with a lot of justification in law. We thought it was way overdue and should have explained why an accusation should not result in some sort of suspension until resolution of the complaint. There have been false accusations at other colleges and there must be some sort of preliminary proof before a suspension is ordered. That said, Baylor must change, must codify its procedures and that this situation as serious as Starr is finally going to implement.”
“Great article about the hypocrisy of Ken Starr at Baylor. If the football player's name had been Bill Clinton, he would've already been thrown in jail.”
“No Mac, it is not ‘rape.’ Rape is a crime under the law. If it is a rape, call the cops, let them investigate, arrest, prosecute, get a conviction, and put the rapist in jail. That is justice and the justice system.
“No college has either the authority or competence to do that. Title 9 procedures are a complete joke, anywhere and everywhere. College men who challenge these kangaroo courts in real courts are winning all over the country, as they should. (Some are suing and winning large civil judgements against their colleges as well, again, as they should.) There is no presumption of innocence or due process of law in these Title 9 fiascos. And yet people's lives are being ruined, not because of "rape" but because of misunderstanding and confusion over consent, and morning after regret over drugged and drunken sexual encounters in the moral wasteland of college campuses. It is one of the unavoidable costs of so called "sexual freedom" that we don't want to pay, and is utterly ridiculous. (e.g. some coed dresses sexy, goes to a wild party, drinks a lot and flirts with one of the gods on campus who are college athletes today. They make out in a frenzy and then right before it happens she decides "oh no," but he goes ahead and does in anyway. He shouldn't have, but that's rape? Only in the corrupt minds of the pc crowd. And don't think there is not a racial aspect as well, as it is often white coeds accusing black athletes of rape under these circumstances.)
“No college can adjudicate all these claims of "rape." I say "claims" because in most cases there is no criminal case that can be made, and thus there is no case of actual "rape" to be made at all. Colleges need to leave all claims of rape to the police and courts, and instead try to teach their young people the forgotten virtues of modesty and chastity. That's what colleges used to do in a long ago world when there was almost no rape on campus because there was a lot more virtue.
“And you ‘self-important journalists’ need to advocate for the police investigation and criminal prosecution of actual rapes on campus, and shut up about all the rest, whether at Baylor or the University of Southern North Dakota.”