Baylor opted to fire university president Ken Starr after the mishandling of multiple sexual assault and rape allegations involving football players. Head coach Art Briles was spared, for now, but should he have been?
A number of people have been calling for Briles to be fired, after a complete failure to hold his players accountable off the field over the years.
Firing Starr and keeping Briles sends the wrong message, and now people are beginning to speak out.
One of those voices speaking up against Briles is Dale Hansen of ABC’s Dallas affiliate WFAA. Hansen used his time on air during his “Unplugged” segment to speak out against the Baylor coach and the culture that he was enabling on campus.
“When they don’t do anything to protect our daughters, when they put winning above the safety of the young women who walk their campus, when they continue to say they’re doing the best they can and their best isn’t nearly enough, we need to find another coach who will,” Hansen said. “They’re hard to find, but if they’re not willing, there has to be someone who is.
“I like Art Briles. I always have, but he has failed the women at Baylor. He has failed the university and you can’t win enough games to make up for that.”
Bravo, Dale Hansen.
These comments cannot be made enough.
Yes, Art Briles has been a fantastic coach at Baylor and has put the football program on the national map. However, there are things far more important than the game so many love, and looking out for the health and safety of young women on campus trumps winning any game.
Baylor needs a new culture. And the university can make a big statement about their dedication to improving the campus for young women by removing Art Briles from his position.
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