The Big 12 Is Finally Holding Baylor Accountable By....Temporarily Withholding A Small Portion Of Their Revenue?
Big12- The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors voted unanimously to withhold one-quarter (25 percent) of future revenue distribution payments to Baylor University, pending the outcome of third-party verification review of required changes to Baylor’s athletics procedures and to institutional governance of its intercollegiate athletics programs, among other matters.
“The Board is unified in establishing a process to verify that proper institutional controls are in place and sustainable,” said University of Oklahoma president and Big 12 Conference Board of Directors chairman David Boren. “Effective immediately, the Conference is withholding 25 percent of Baylor’s share of any future revenue distribution until the proper execution of controls is independently verified. By taking these actions the Board desires to ensure that the changes that were promised are actually made and that systems are in place to avoid future problems. The proportional withholding of revenue distribution payments will be in effect until the Board has determined that Baylor is in compliance with Conference bylaws and regulations as well as all components of Title IX.”
Baylor was not included in the Board vote and will be responsible for all associated costs.
And there you have it folks. I'm sure that you - much like myself - were wondering what the conference-instituted discipline would be for a football program that was so complicit in covering up the criminal activity of their players that they had rung up a grand total of 52 sexual assaults by the time their rape ring got uncovered. Would they get the death penalty? A postseason ban? A significant restriction on scholarships? Turns out it's worse than that. The punishment for the prolonged veiling of a heinous felony that became a team-wide epidemic is...dun-dun-dun...A TEMPORARY DEFERMENT OF A VAST MINORITY OF THEIR YEARLY ALLOWANCE!!!
That's right Baylor, you go to our room and you'll get the rest of your precious spending money back when your athletes stop making coitus with the hardly conscious for a period of time that's yet to be determined. Until then, the Big 12 has penalized you by essentially opening a bank account in your name. Unfortunately you can't access it and the funds won't be collecting any interest, but that's just so you learn your damn lesson and stop valuing wins over the basic human rights of anyone on campus that doesn't happen to play football. I know it sucks that you may have to go a year or two without introducing a new egregiously gold helmet and have to limit your wardrobe to merely five different jerseys a season. However, tightening the strings of the one purse your players haven't stolen yet and putting you on a budget is the only way to make it up to the countless traumatized victims and their loved ones. Sorry for the minor inconvenience, but the punishment has to fit the egregious crime(s)!