There has been some interesting news surrounding the Baylor football program on Monday, as reports surfaced that the board of regents and top donors were set to vote on a potential one-year suspension that would allow head coach Art Briles to return to the sidelines in 2017.
The reports stated big money donors would consider pulling funds if the university did not open the door for Briles to return, but one donor is coming forward to say the reports are a bunch of malarkey.
“According to a large Baylor donor, high-level boosters are not pushing for Art Briles to be reinstated, but rather for transparency from the Board of Regents and for the opportunity for Briles to defend himself,” a report from WFAA.com read.
“There were reports a one-year ban for Briles was possible, and that some major donors would pull their money from university projects if he’s not reinstated. This source says that is ‘a load of crap.'”
Briles was suspended indefinitely with intent to fire after the Pepper Hamilton report stated Briles “failed to take appropriate action to respond to reports of sexual assault and dating violence reportedly committed by football players. The choices made by football staff and athletics leadership, in some instances, posed a risk to campus safety and the integrity of the university.”
If the university was seriously considering a return for Briles, it would be an epic mistake met by plenty of backlash and public outrage.
While some booster may wish that Briles could return, it is highly unlikely that the program would once again allow a man who seemingly turned a blind eye to countless sexual assaults to be the face of Baylor football.
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