‘It’s time for Briles apologists to put the university first and for Briles to show leadership by calling for an end to the #CAB movement.’
Baylor furor mounts
I was both shocked and saddened recently to see Baylor University students, fans, alumni and employees supporting the #CAB movement to bring back head football coach Art Briles, fired for his failures in Baylor’s lapses regarding sexual-assault allegations involving his players. These members of Baylor Nation are putting football ahead of sexual-assault victims, undermining the university and making a mockery of the school on a national stage.
When all is said and done, the perpetuation of this scandal will leave a mark that goes far beyond the football program. Potential student-athletes in all sports will think twice before committing to Baylor: Young men may choose to avoid the stigma and young women may select a school where sexual discrimination is given higher priority. Prospective students may opt for institutions where they know their worth is equal to that of a star athlete. And perhaps most importantly, world-class professors and researchers — especially women — may avoid or leave teaching positions, causing Baylor’s educational vigor to falter.
As a Baylor graduate and former student-athlete, I have a great affinity for the university and its athletic programs. I like to win games but never at the expense of our ethical and moral obligations. Briles failed to perform the duties required by his job and the buck should stop at his desk. It’s time for Briles apologists to put the university first and for Briles to show leadership by calling for an end to the #CAB movement.
It’s been a tough year at Baylor for the victims, the community and, yes, even Briles, and the Baylor Nation should show grace on all fronts. But there is nothing graceful about the #CAB movement. Preventing sex discrimination and violence must be prioritized over winning football games, and Baylor Nation should be backing the university and standing in solidarity with the victims. Let’s put that concept on a shirt and sell it. I’d be first in line to buy it.
Stacey Allison-Steinbach, Austin
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Now here’s a strange story: the Trib printed an article from the Associated Press titled, “Baylor coaches disagree with [Baylor] regents on what Briles knew.” However, the coaches agree with the regents that 1) head football coach Art Briles was informed about a rape allegation by the woman’s coach and 2) they agree that Briles filed no report. There, the coaches and regents agree completely. But those two items are where the story that the regents initially told the Dallas Morning News ends. The regents’ very brief narrative has created the impression that Briles failed to see that the proper authorities were alerted and certainly suggests that Briles acted wrongly.
Twenty coaches all agree that in addition to what the regents told the Dallas Morning News:
Briles only learned of the allegation nine months after the fact.
Briles understood that Baylor’s judicial affairs office already had the report of the rape allegation.
There was no formal Title IX office at Baylor at the time.
Briles encouraged the coach to see it was reported to police.
And now you know the rest of the story.
Now, if the coaches are correct about Briles and if the regents intentionally relayed only part of that story, then the regents’ interview with the Dallas Morning News was utterly dishonest and contemptible. The worst lies are the ones that misrepresent truth. We have had plenty of misleading statements from Baylor University regents all year. Remember when regents pretended that the Obama administration’s 2011 guidance letter was binding law? How about claiming that no written Pepper Hamilton report exists when, as Trib columnist and former Baylor law professor Mark Osler has pointed out, this could only be the case if regents themselves had ordered the firm not to create one?
The only charitable interpretation is that the board was completely fooled and exploited by the Pepper Hamilton law firm. These days campus rape stories are big business for attorneys — just ask Rolling Stone.
Rob Reed, Bryan
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Sadly, Satan is alive and at work in the Baylor football program and among its supporters. Your image and reputation have been forever marred. All for a winning record.
Ted Franks, Cleburne
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I smile when I see the Baylor football team lose games. I have always believed in karma. I think karma is working for sure. Maybe it was a bad idea to keep a dog-beater on the team.
Ronnye Dunn, Wylie
Putting it in park
Personally, I have no problem with parallel parking. I’ve been driving long enough that parking parallel was something one had to pass in the driver’s test in order to get or renew a driver’s license.
Granted, we don’t have to do it that often any more. But if you have tried to parallel park on Austin Avenue, you probably have the same gripe that I do. It seems no matter how far ahead I signal, drivers pull up right behind me, so it is impossible to back up. Or worse, as many as five cars have crossed the double yellow line to pass me when I align with the car in front of an empty space. This makes it pretty much impossible to execute the maneuver because the front end of the car can swing out almost into the other lane, especially on a narrow street like Austin.
Please, pay attention and watch well ahead for parking cars where there is parallel parking so you can stop far enough back to allow the driver to park. And please, be patient and wait until the car is parked. It doesn’t take that long. And for goodness’ sake, don’t pass a car making a parallel parking maneuver.
Terry M. Roller, Hewitt
Now about that wall
Hadrian’s Wall neither kept out the Picts nor stopped their cattle-raiding despite all the Legionaries stationed along it.
The walls of medieval European towns were, in the end, total failures.
The Maginot Line did not affect the German invasion of France.
Hitler’s Atlantic wall did not keep out the Allied Armies.
The Berlin Wall failed to keep in the East Germans.
The improbable Mexican wall will stop neither illegal immigration nor the drug trade. It might, as an unintended consequence, reduce the number of deaths among those who come across the desert on foot. Those wishing to enter the United States illegally come not only through the Sonoran Desert or over the Rio Grande but by commercial truck transport through entry ports. Illegal immigrants come not only through Mexico but by boat from Cuba and Haiti, in spite of the U.S. Coast Guard’s vigilance. Thousands of mostly young women from the Middle East, China, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe are annually smuggled in for de-facto slave labor and prostitution.
Drugs come in via private aircraft, commercial air freight, private boats, international shipping containers and under the existing barriers through elaborate tunnels. Read or listen to the news — and not only the media that reflect your established views
A wall along our southern border, while emotionally satisfying to some, would be at best a publicity stunt and at worst an expensive band-aid on an extensive cancer.
Henry P. Bloomer III, Waco
Cheers for VetsFest, Outback
The McLennan County Veterans Association thanks Outback Steakhouse again for its outstanding support during VetsFest held Oct. 12. VetsFest is the fundraiser conducted by the MCVA to support and raise monies for the Veterans Day Parade and Memorial Day and flag disposal ceremonies held in our county. Owner Monica Dillingham and her staff support all these activities for our veterans through the VetsFest fundraiser. Their dedication, hard work and true love of supporting veterans cannot be understated. Outback Steakhouse has supported the MCVA and all veterans through the years and their altruistic attitudes make all the difference.
Outback donates the food, cooks, waiters and their entire facility to this great cause. The MCVA thanks all staff of Outback Steakhouse as they not only gave their time, they also donated the tips they received to VestFest and its cause. This is paying forward to the veterans and all who served, so you can truly call them patriots. We also thank all the folks who came down and donated either their time, money and/or purchased a meal. Some did all three!
Lloyd Coffman, President, McLennan County Veterans Association