The Baylor Bears have come to terms with two women who claim to have been sexually assaulted by Baylor football players in 2012. The details of the settlement were not disclosed.
In the fallout of the sexual assault charges, the narrative at Baylor has become nearly impossible to change. For every bit of progress that is seen on the field, it is qualified by what was done at the university while the coaching staff turned a blind eye.
Even now, women continue to come forward and claim they were victims of abuse while the coaching staff willingly turned a blind eye. When agreements are reached like this: (likely) for a large sum, before reaching court and of such serious nature, the settlement looks like little more than hush money.
Neither of these woman had a lawsuit already filed against Baylor, and this preemptive action ensures they never will. One of the women claims to have been physically assaulted as well, which provides a new, albeit unsurprising ingredient to the saga.
Some have continued calling for the program to be given the death penalty, while others feel that head coach Art Briles should be given his job back.
With public opinion all over the radar, Baylor has a long and convoluted ride out of this ugly mess.