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  • #16
    Ken Starr Faceplants When Confronted With Email Showing He Was Told About Rape At Baylor
    The Ken Starr (yes, that Ken Starr) image rehabilitation tour has begun, with Starr joining the calls for transparency from Baylor’s Board of Regents. He’s urging the regents to release the full Pepper Hamilton report into how Baylor created a culture so blind that administrators believed rape “doesn’t happen here” and so toxic that women who reported they were assaulted were put through hell. Starr’s even gone so far as to say he resigned as chancellor so he could speak more freely about what happened at the university.

    So here is a reminder (via KWTX-TV) that despite all of this, Starr remains full of it:

    video at link

    Reporters have previously been letting Starr stick to his talking points, regardless of the fact that many of them don’t match the facts. But during her sit-down interview with Starr, Julie Hays at KWTX confronted him about an email previously used in reporting by ESPN’s Outside the Lines. The email is from a woman who said she was raped by former Baylor football player Tevin Elliott, who was sentenced to up to 20 years in prison for a separate sexual assault. The subject line is “I Was raped at Baylor,” and the list of people it was sent to includes Starr. During the report, images of the email scroll across the screen before cutting back to Starr.

    Hays: “What about the victim that came forward saying that she had personally sent you an email and Art Briles an email saying in the subject line that she was raped at Baylor. Did you ever see that email?”

    Starr: “I honestly may have. I’m not denying that I saw it.”
    This is one of three answers Starr will give to that question.

    The interview continues but longtime GOP fixer Merrie Spaeth (who previously coached Starr before his testimony in support of impeaching Bill Clinton) starts taking action off-camera. In the package, Hays says that’s when Spaeth told her news director that they couldn’t use that part of the interview. The news director refuses, so Spaeth interrupts, saying she needs to talk to Starr. This comes at about 1:34 in the video, and I suggest watching it to see just how adamant Spaeth is about halting the interview.

    Spaeth and Starr walk away, then return with Spaeth telling the reporter to ask Starr the question again. Hays does. This time Starr gives answer No. 2.

    Starr: “All I’m going to say is I honestly have no recollection of that.”
    Go to minute 2:23 of the video to watch him give this answer because, in that moment, you can see him turning to Spaeth for help. He even asks her out loud, “Is that OK?”

    Later Starr gives answer No. 3 (at the 2:33 mark of the video). He’s even more emphatic this time:

    Starr: “I honestly have no recollection of seeing such an email and I believe that I would remember seeing such an email. The president of a university gets lots of emails. I don’t even see a lot of the emails that come into the office of the president. I have no recollection. None.”
    There are real questions about what the Board of Regents knew and when they knew it, and the 13-page investigation summary that’s been released gives zero detail on anything meaningful. But for Starr, joining the chorus calling for transparency is a convenient distraction from Starr’s own fall from grace and the questions about his role in what happened. Starr might be talking, but he isn’t saying anything students and alumni didn’t already know. The Board of Regents is full of it. Ken Starr is full of it. And the women who say they were raped at Baylor still are waiting for answers.
    Last edited by H2O4me; 05-17-2017, 12:12 PM.


    • #17
      Fired coach Art Briles sues/lambastes Baylor
      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Fired Baylor coach Art Briles is ripping his former employer, accusing the school of wrongful termination and indicating he has no interest in settling a federal lawsuit filed against him and the university by a woman who was raped by a football player.

      The criticism in a motion filed Thursday as part of the lawsuit. Briles says he wants a judge to assign him new attorneys and his personal legal team is demanding that Baylor turn over all its files in the sexual assault scandal that has gripped the Baptist university for months.

      The letter says Briles "does not wish to settle the case," contrary to what Baylor lawyers told the judge last week.

      Briles' petition says he met April 7 with Baylor attorneys and that they used information he shared to support his firing.

      John Werner: Best for Baylor to move on from Briles
      Waco Tribune-Herald
      The rumors started circulating Sunday afternoon that something cataclysmic was about to happen at Baylor.

      The Baylor board of regents was meeting to bring back Art Briles as football coach. Expect an announcement Monday afternoon.

      But that announcement never came.

      Despite reports that some of Baylor’s big money donors wanted Briles back, there was never a vote taken by the board of regents Monday night.

      For a school that’s under intense national scrutiny for a sexual assault scandal, bringing back Briles in 2017 after a one-season suspension would be a public relations disaster.

      Baylor might have left a crack in the door for a Briles return on May 26 when it announced the highly successful coach was “suspended with intent to terminate.” It didn’t exactly say he was fired but most people read it that way.

      But if Baylor ever planned to reinstate Briles after the scathing Pepper Hamilton findings, the national outcry would be deafening. It would provide critics with even more fuel that football trumps all at Baylor.

      Briles oversaw a football program that the Pepper Hamilton report described as operating an “internal system of discipline separate from the university process.”

      The report said football coaches took improper steps to disclosures of sexual assault or dating violence that precluded the university from fulfilling its legal obligations. It said some football staff conducted its own untrained internal inquiries that improperly discredited complainants and denied them a fair, impartial investigation.

      Those findings and others along the same lines were crushing. While it’s unfair to blame Briles for every misstep in the football program, he was the captain of that ship.

      It’s natural for some Baylor fans to want to bring back the coach who guided the Bears to their greatest five-year run in school history.

      Baylor’s success over that time period was staggering: A 50-15 record, two Big 12 championships, five bowl appearances and a Heisman Trophy winner. Gleaming new McLane Stadium was a product of that success.

      Who wouldn’t want to keep the good times rolling?

      But Baylor fans now need to move on and accept the new reality.

      First and foremost, this is a football program that’s badly in need of repair internally. Sexual assault and other forms of misconduct cannot be tolerated. In his May 30 introductory press conference, interim coach Jim Grobe said he’d initiate a zero tolerance policy.

      While the vast majority of Briles’ recruits were good players and good citizens, it only took a relatively few bad ones to bring the program to its knees. Though it’s impossible to predict the behavior of every recruit, more care must be taken in the recruiting process.

      The Bears will still field a highly competitive team this season and probably next year. But with the 2016 class likely to lose its top players and the 2017 class down to one commitment, the Bears will certainly take a hit on the field in the future.

      Who knows if the NCAA will swoop in and penalize Baylor? That could be another factor as the Bears try to dig out from the depths of this scandal.

      Baylor was lucky to find a coach as respected and ethical as Grobe who wasn’t coaching another college team. Getting Grobe on board just four days after Briles was dismissed was astonishing.

      That’s who Baylor fans need to get behind now. The Briles era is over.
      Last edited by H2O4me; 05-17-2017, 12:12 PM.


      • #18
        Jason King @JasonKingBR
        Baylor has reached a contract settlement with former football coach Art Briles, sources tell B/R. Details unclear.


        • #19
          David Barron @dfbarron
          Website says former UH AD Mack Rhoades leaving Missouri to become AD at Baylor.


          • #20
            Rice band mocks Baylor for Title IX lawsuits

            Rice didn't beat Baylor on the football field, but the MOB band aimed to win halftime Friday night at Rice Stadium.

            The MOB, the Owls' band known for its humorous halftime shows, dedicated Friday's performance to poking fun at Baylor's sexual assault scandal, which led to the firing of football coach Art Briles.

            The band started off with a simple joke with Muppet Fozzie Bear on the video board. The announcer said "some jokes can be unbearable", a light jab at Baylor's mascot.

            Then, they took it up a notch. On the screen, the announcer said "There are nine judges on the Supreme Court or is it?" The band proceeded to align in a formation to resemble the Roman numeral nine representing Title IX - poking fun at the multiple Title IX lawsuits Baylor is facing over the school's handling of sexual assaults.

            The band then aligned in a star formation meant to represent former Baylor president Ken Starr and his exit, all the while playing the song "Hit The Road, Jack."

            The MOB took a parting shot before finishing by lining up in an "N" formation. The announcer said "N stands for knowledge if you get educated in Wacky Waco."

            While some Rice fans chanted "Title IX," Baylor fans didn't seen nearly as amused. Several fans on the Baylor side booed throughout the performance.

            Briles also happened to attend the game as a fan, but he told ESPN he left before halftime.


            • #21
              Ex-BU Title IX coordinator rejects confidentiality agreement, quits

              Waco, TX (KWTX) Baylor University’s former Title IX coordinator agreed to a settlement offer during a daylong mediation of a retaliation complaint she filed with the school’s Human Resources Department, but then quit after refusing an additional amount of money to sign a confidentiality agreement, according to a source with direct knowledge of the negotiations.

              In the complaint against the university, she alleged she was subjected to retaliatory actions by Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Reagan Ramsower, the source said.

              The complaint alleged Ramsowner took away her authority to handle Title IX complaints and accused her of “doing her job too well,” the source said.

              The mediation session stretched late into the night Monday, another source with direct knowledge of the meeting said Tuesday.

              The school offered her a $1.5 million settlement, the source said, but Crawford balked at signing the confidentiality agreement for an additional $50,000, the source said.

              Crawford’s attorney countered the school’s offer with a request for a total of $2 million, which school officials rejected, the source said.

              After their refusal, Crawford told Baylor she planned to speak publicly about her frustration with the administration and the board of regents about the handling of the sexual assault investigation.

              The lawyer, Rogge Dunn, who also represents fired athletic department staffer Tom Hill, declined to comment Tuesday.

              Crawford did not respond to calls and texts Tuesday, but KWTX learned she flew to New York Tuesday morning.

              CBS later confirmed that she'll appear Wednesday morning on "CBS This Morning."

              The university issued a press release just before midnight Monday announcing that Crawford was resigning in the wake of the sexual assault scandal that engulfed the school’s football program because she “was disappointed in her role in implementing the recommendations that resulted from the Pepper Hamilton investigation.”

              The school expressed gratitude for Crawford’s “leadership in establishing fair and equitable Title IX processes that are also supportive of the needs of survivors.”

              “We will always seek to continuously improve and are confident that the very capable Title IX staff will continue the important work of educating, supporting and responding to the needs of those impacted by interpersonal violence,” the press release said.

              Pepper Hamilton, the law firm the school hired to review its handling of sexual assault complaints, delivered a scathing report to university regents in May that led to the firing of head football coach Art Briles, the reassignment of Chancellor and President Ken Starr and the suspension of athletic director Ian McCaw.

              Starr and McCaw both later resigned.

              A report of the findings of the review by Pepper Hamilton summarizes over 13 pages the inadequacies it found at Baylor with respect to inattention and misconduct by university administrators and leadership in the athletic department regarding Title IX issues.

              Last month KWTX obtained a secretly recorded audio tape of a meeting between Crawford and members of the athletic staff in late July in which Crawford expressed frustration with the administration.

              She told the group she had begun to refuse to share names of those involved in Title IX investigations with Baylor administrators, fearful that the officials might take action before those involved in the investigations receive due process.

              “That's what we talked about this week, I said this has to be very clear that at this point, no one is going to know, other than our office, who these people are, what their names are, where this is going”, Crawford says.

              “Because there have been occasions where I've been called on my cellphone on a Sunday morning by a board member wanting names.”

              Crawford also told the group she felt like the football team had been unfairly targeted, noting just two football players have been convicted of sexual assault during Briles’ tenure at Baylor.

              “A very small percentage of our cases have anything to do with athletics”, Crawford said in the meeting, of which KWTX obtained a recording.

              “And I've made that very clear to our leadership. This is not an athletics issue in the sense of violence and all these things, this is a human issue.”

              Crawford came to Baylor in November 2014 as the school’s Title IX Coordinator.

              Prior to Baylor, Crawford served as the Chief of Staff to the Chancellor of Indiana University East, as well as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Chief Diversity Officer, and Affirmative Action Officer for Indiana University.

              Title IX, which is part of a more than 40-year-old law aimed at ensuring equal rights for those participating in educational programs that receive federal financial assistance, applies to all facets of a school's environment.

              It has been interpreted to mean that sexual harassment of students including sexual violence interferes with the right to receive an education free from discrimination, and requires schools to take immediate action to end harassment and sexual violence.

              So she would have kept her mouth shut for $500,000 but not $50,000...?

              There's an old joke that has as it's punchline, "We have established what you are, madam. We are now merely haggling over the price".


              • #22
                FootballScoop Staff @FootballScoop
                Sources: Baylor negotiating with Blake Anderson of Arkansas State


                • #23
                  Jessica Luther @scATX
                  Briles sues Baylor officials for libel and conspiracy…

                  I wonder if feedback on his head coaching inquiries sealed this?


                  • #24
                    In 1-page letter, Briles denies cover-up, calls for more transparency

                    WACO, Texas (KWTX) After months of silence, ousted Baylor head football coach Art Briles is speaking out in a letter addressed to the Baylor Nation in which he denies covering up sexual violence and calls for greater transparency from the leadership of the university.

                    Baylor regents fired Briles on May 26, 2016 after hearing a scathing review of the university’s handling of sexual assaults involving football payers.

                    In the one page letter, which Briles initially intended to send to the Baylor student newspaper, The Lariat, the former coach says he never covered up sexual violence, never had contact with any victim of sexual or domestic violence and claims the potentially damming text messages of his released by an attorney representing Baylor regents were “out of context.”

                    “Let me be clear. I did not cover up sexual violence,” the letter reads. “Anyone well-versed in my work as a coach knows that I strove to promote excellence, but never at the sacrifice or safety for anyone.”

                    Briles claims he was never given a reason for his termination,

                    Sources have told KWTX he was paid more than $15 million in exchange for a non-disparagement and confidentiality agreement with the school.

                    His letter indicates that is why he waited until now to speak.

                    “Despite the insistence of certain people, I can remain silent no longer. There is an onslaught of information coming out in the press that is inaccurate, misleading, and unfair to Baylor, its amazing students, its strong faculty, the administration, and its athletic programs.”

                    Baylor initially refused to release any information about Briles’ alleged role in the sexual assault scandal, but late in 2016, regents did begin to go public with some information at the urging of GF Bunting, the California-based PR firm the board hired to guide its response to the controversy.

                    In October, regents speaking with the Wall Street journal dropped a bombshell when they claimed the violence included 17 women reporting incidents of sexual or domestic assault involving 19 football players, including four alleged gang rapes since 2011.

                    A regent who spoke on the condition of anonymity told KWTX “The vast majority of those allegations presented did not have facts to support them.”

                    In January, a lawsuit filed on behalf of an alleged victim who claimed to have been gang- ***** by two football players alleged that 31 Baylor football players committed at least 52 acts of ****, including five gang-rapes, between 2011 and 2014, numbers that far exceed those previously provided by school officials.

                    Baylor school officials have since said that number is not accurate.

                    In the letter Briles also appears to be addressing his role in a highly-debated alleged incident involving a Baylor volleyball player who claimed she was gang-***** in 2012 by multiple football players.

                    In November, Baylor released information claiming Briles was informed of the incident by the volleyball player’s head coach, as was then athletic director, Ian McCaw, but that no one reported it to the school’s office of Judicial Affairs as required by university policy.

                    KWTX has learned the volleyball coach, Jim Barnes, who’s no longer at Baylor, maintains he did call Judicial Affairs after he was made aware of the incident, and in a sworn statement obtained by KWTX, Barnes says thought Briles “handled the matter honorably and with the serious attention it deserved.”

                    “I did not obstruct justice on campus or off,” Briles said in the open letter.

                    “When I was alerted that there might have been an assault, my response was clear: the alleged victims should go to police, report it and it should be prosecuted. “

                    Briles filed a libel lawsuit against some members of the Baylor Board of Regents, but dropped it in early February.

                    Meanwhile in February, an attorney representing Baylor regents gained access to information from the 52 laptops and 62 mobile devices Pepper Hamilton investigators studied.

                    In response to a libel lawsuit filed on behalf of fired athletic employee, Colin Shillinglaw, the regents’ attorney released several text message exchanges between Briles and other officials about player misconduct.

                    After one football player was cited for illegal consumption of alcohol in 2011, Briles texted another coach “Hopefully he’s under the radar enough they won’t recognize his name…. did he get ticket from Baylor police or Waco? … Just trying to keep him away from our judicial affairs folks.”

                    But Briles says the messages released were out of context and misleading.

                    “Rumor, innuendo, and out of context messages, emails and comments have no place in a true fact-finding mission. The key to growth for the school begins with full transparency, not selective messaging. To participate, or worse yet, instigate such, is unfair to the victims, the accused, the programs and all of Baylor Nation.”

                    “I hope and pray that at some point, those feeding this disinformation will stop, and full disclose rather than messaging misdirection will take place. It’s long overdue.”

                    When contacted by phone Briles’ former attorney, Ernest Cannon, wouldn’t comment on details of the statement, but told KWTX that’s mostly because he had no role in crafting the message. He says his former client, who hasn’t hired a public relations firm, wrote it from the heart.

                    “This was totally Art Briles idea and his words and his feelings,” Cannon said.

                    “He wanted to communicate to Baylor fans and the university meant to them and how much he misses them.”


                    • #25
                      Former Baylor student was gang ***** by football players, she claims in Title IX lawsuit

                      This breaking news story is being updated.

                      A former Baylor student says in a lawsuit that as many as eight players on the school's football team drugged and gang-***** her.

                      The woman, a volleyball player referred to as Jane Doe, says that she was attending a party in February 2012 at an apartment where several football players lived.

                      She said she became intoxicated and cannot recall portions of the night, but she remembers one football player picking her up and putting her in his vehicle. She was taken to another location where she says at least four football players ***** her.

                      Later, other people told her that as many as eight football players were involved.

                      The victim remembered hearing someone yell "Grab her phone! Delete my numbers and texts" afterward, the lawsuit says.

                      Later, the woman said, members of the football team taunted her, telling her that she "wanted it" and that one of the men involved had taken pictures of her during the ****.

                      The lawsuit does not identify any of the football players.

                      The lawsuit — the seventh Title IX lawsuit filed against the Waco university — is the latest in a series of allegations in the school's sexual-assault crisis.

                      An investigation by the law firm Pepper Hamilton found that 17 people had reported sexual or physical assault by 19 football players, including four gang rapes, since 2011. But another estimate in the lawsuit says that as many as 31 football players committed 52 acts of **** from 2011 to 2014.

                      "Under [former football coach Art] Briles, the culture of Baylor football and **** became synonymous," the lawsuit says.

                      The university ousted Briles, athletics director Ian McCaw and president Ken Starr last year, and it says it has put into place about three-quarters of the recommendations from Pepper Hamilton on how it should respond to sexual assaults.