Barely a week after former defensive end Sam Ukwuachu was convicted of rape, Baylor University has done the exact opposite of what it should be doing to address it.
Per a tweet from John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald, the football team will not make itself available to the media for the final week of the preseason.
No media availability for Baylor football this week. 1st time I can remember no availability in final week of preseason camp in Briles' era.
— John Werner (@JohnWernerTrib) August 25, 2015
Wow. Way for coach Art Briles to face the music.
Rather than allow media availability and address the controversy surrounding his recruitment of Ukwuachu, it appears he, his staff and the team will just hole up in practices and go about their days instead.
That’s on par with locking all the doors of one’s house, curling up in the corner of a room, covering one’s ears and going NOT LISTENING NOT LISTENING LALALALALALALALALA.
It just goes to show that USC has done everything right in responding to criticism of coach Steve Sarkisian’s drunken tirade.
Rather than go into hiding like Briles has, Sarkisian has made himself available to the media, apologized profusely for his actions and has continually said that it won’t happen again.
As a result, that fire is slowly being put out, while Baylor’s continues to grow.
People have taken to Twitter to speak their feelings on the matter.
Smart of #USC having Sark answer questions this morning. Seemed sincere, helped his situation. Baylor's media blackout on the other hand…
— Max Meyer (@TheMaxMeyer) August 25, 2015
USC addressed this full on. Good for them. Now let's talk about Baylor and its media blackout
— Trenise Ferreira (@TreniseFerreira) August 25, 2015
Look no further than the Steve Sarkisian and Baylor media availabilities today to see the contrast between fantastic and terrible PR.
— Alex Gookin (@_AlexGookin) August 25, 2015
Want to reiterate what's been said here: Props to USC sports information. Always up front during these times of crisis. That's all u can ask
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) August 25, 2015
Hopefully, Baylor smartens up and lifts the media ban before the situation gets even worse.
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