The Baylor Conspiracy

Fifty-two rapes? That’s shocking. If true, it’s outrageous. And according to the suit filed by “Elizabeth Doe,” they happened at Baylor University.

A former Baylor University student who says she was raped by two football players filed a federal lawsuit Friday against the school that alleges there were dozens more assaults of women involving other players.

The lawsuit by the student, who is listed in the documents only as “Elizabeth Doe,” alleges at least 52 rapes by more than 30 football players over a four-year period.

It also alleges a “culture of sexual violence” and describes her 2013 attack by two players. It doesn’t detail the other alleged attacks, but says some were recorded by the players, who shared them with friends.

Baylor has had issues, including those leading to its president, Kenneth Starr’s, departure.  But if this is accurate, it reflects a conspiracy of monumental proportions.

In the lawsuit filed Friday, the woman alleges being raped by two players in 2013. The attack was reported to Waco police but no charges were filed and the players were allowed to stay on the team at the time.

According to the lawsuit, campus officials didn’t investigate her case until 2015. One of the players involved was suspended from the team and later expelled. The other had transferred.

But that addresses the one instance. What of the others?

The lawsuit alleges the football program operated under a “show’em a good time” policy that “used sex to sell” Baylor to high school recruits.

The woman was a member of a campus group called the Baylor Bruins that would host prospective athletes during visits. The lawsuit alleges Baylor encouraged making Baylor Bruins available for sex with recruits, as well as taking recruits to strip clubs, implied promises of sex and using alcohol and drugs in the recruiting process.

If true, this not only grotesquely violates NCAA rules, a minor point under the circumstances, but would be a shocking conspiracy of players, coaches, Baylor students, that seems almost impossible to have kept concealed. Baylor, of course, denies that this happened.

Art Briles’ attorney Ernest Cannon denied the program culture described in the lawsuit.

“If they were doing that it would be terrible, but they weren’t doing that. Art wasn’t involved in anything like that,” Cannon said. “Lawyers have great imaginations when money is involved. It’s really sad.”

The “lawyers” and “money” retort is cheap. The complaint alleges that Baylor desperately wanted a winning football team, this being Waco, Texas and there not being much else to do other than arresting bikers. So they hired a new coach, Art Briles, who turned the football program around and made Baylor players into campus celebrities. But allegedly at a price:

While Briles’ players were  being hyped as celebrities on campus and around Waco, behind the scenes the players engaged in more than just sports. From 2009-2015, BAYLOR football players were responsible for numerous crimes involving violent physical assault, armed robbery, burglary, drugs, guns, and, notably, the most widespread culture of sexual violence and abuse of women ever reported in a collegiate athletic program.

Not just a culture of “sexual violence,” but armed robbery, drugs and guns? How much worse could this get?

Is this possible? Well, sure. Anything is possible, though it is remarkably hard to imagine that this could be happening, with as many people involved as would appear from the complaint, and it somehow remain a big Baylor secret.

Either way, allegations of this sort do not demonstrate a pervasive problem anywhere but Baylor. And if it’s true at Baylor, that the football program recruited its players by offering up the “white women,” not to mention the occasional armed robbery, and that Waco police were too busy shooting at Bikers to bother with Baylor, then it needs to be investigated by an outside agency for a trusted determination.

This is either huge and horrible in its occurrence or in its false allegations. Either way, it needs to be determined and resolved. Allegations like this shouldn’t be left to private litigation.

26 thoughts on “The Baylor Conspiracy

      1. REvers

        I just now managed to get past the connection problems to look.

        But, thanks. I assume the stuff I copied from YouTube didn’t work like I thought it would.

          1. REvers

            Oh, that. It was obvious you did that on purpose. I was just the first one to see it. 🙂

            I tried to find the clip from Soap where Benson said the same thing. I didn’t have time to look very hard, so I went with the easy one.

  1. Paleo

    I have a close male relative who was recruited by several schools in the region around (and within) Texas to play football. Athletic departments down here having a group of girls at their disposal who are committed to making sure recruits fondly remember their visit to campus is somewhere in the neighborhood of a usual practice. I went to college at a school with a power conference football team and tutored math and physics in the athletic department (the money was out of this world) and it was basically common knowledge that this was going on.

    Doubt it’s restricted to this area either – note the ongoing scandal at Louisville.

    But that’s not rape. It’s something more like prostitution……..

  2. Jim Tyre

    The “lawyers” and “money” retort is cheap.

    And it’s missing the third element, guns. (Thank you for teeing it up for me.)

    1. REvers

      One of the best songs ever. I had it going full blast on the tape deck, with the windows down and the sunroof open, when I pulled into the parking lot for the first day of law school.

      1. SHG Post author

        I tried, back in the early days of SJ, to make it the blawg theme song. Couldn’t figure out how to do it, then realize if it went on autoplay, everyone would hate me anyway.

  3. JHL

    Power football culture involves years of bad behavior that shocks everyone when it becomes public?

    Nah, that would never happen. c.f., Joe Sandusky.

    Not hard to imagine widespread silence at all.

      1. Paleo

        Yeah. Another example – during my time as a tutor it was a rule that the tutors couldn’t go to the player’s rooms, we did our work in private study rooms in the first floor of the jock dorm. But the female tutors were regularly allowed to go to the player’s rooms. You tell me the reason.

        Not that anybody really got upset about this stuff. It just was. Like different justice for the rich or the Cop Pass.

        Since college this stuff has come up from time to time and nobody that I’ve talked to that went to a school with big-time athletics was shocked in the least because they’d experienced some version of the same thing.

        Big time college sports is a cesspool.

  4. Agammamon

    “. . . this being Waco, Texas and there not being much else to do other than arresting bikers.”

    Well, they killed all their cultists.

    Sustainable hunting guys, sustainable.

  5. B. McLeod

    It will be interesting to see the proof if anything gets to trial. At this point, it strikes me as highly unlikely that she would actually be privy to detailed information about the alleged 52 rapes.

  6. bill mcwilliams

    As a Baylor graduate, I have personal knowledge (and experience as a student there) with Baylor’s
    long record of highly unethical upper-level executives – Deans (e.g. son of Dean of Students was the largest financial supporter of REPUBLICAN candidates at all levels – local, state, and federal – Bob Perry). The Sainted U. President Abner McCall was deaf to all whose family weren’t large contributors to Baylor. The only billionaire Baylor alum owned the MLB team in Houston – and he controlled virtually every major
    decision regarding construction projects, the recruitment of Ken Starr etc.
    Baylor’s faculty are a mean spirited, petty group of hypocrites.
    I know of what I speak because I lived in a B.U. professor’s home for two full years – and the professor was made to pay a price for allowing a mere student to live in the Faculty housing area.

  7. st

    Rather old news. This stuff was in full swing in the mid-70s, and quite probably earlier, but I wasn’t old enough to understand. Athletics at big colleges is big business, and no expense or inducement is spared to recruit and retain the top talent. Special classes, comely women from booster clubs, all-expense paid trips that included plenty of booze, strippers, and more.

    The only thing that has changed is the retro-active definition of rape, well documented here. What looked and sounded like consent at the time becomes rape months or years later, after time to reflect, regret, and perhaps get some coaching.

    1. SHG Post author

      What looked and sounded like consent at the time becomes rape months or years later, after time to reflect, regret, and perhaps get some coaching.

      You don’t say.

  8. jim ryan

    In my youth, when I was a High School Football Prodigy, I went through the recruiting process at many schools. Every weekend was yet another school and yet another party. I had interest from the Northeast in particular, the Ivies, the ACC (Letter of intent signed with UNC) and some of the powerhouses Notre Dame, Purdue, Penn State, Pittsburgh… I did meet Joe Paterno, but had no interest.

    Every school entertained the recruits by bringing them to parties where they might (or might not) meet young ladies. Beer flowed freely everywhere. Usually you stayed with a member of the TEAM in his dorm. One particular issue arose while I was at Boston College, that venerable Jesuit Institution. A recruit was arrested in the combat zone because he was introduced to some young ladies performed certain acts upon him paid for by the BC footballer.

    I was accepted to some school in Texas that I never applied to and I received an appointment to the Coast Guard Academy from a Congressman from Arizona or New Mexico.

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