Shut down the Baylor football program? Forever?

CBSSports.com writer Bill Reiter says there is only one viable option for the scandal-plagued Baylor football program: Shut it down.

In making his case, Reiter states

I can’t get past the jarring, searing facts in the latest lawsuit that show just what Baylor football unleashed on its campus and the unfortunate coeds whose lives are permanently damaged. All because an institution meant to teach, nurture and protect them allowed football to be valued over human decency and dignity.

He adds

The details, as reported by the Waco Tribune:

According to the suit, the football team had a system of hazing freshman recruits by having them bring freshman females to parties to be drugged and gang-raped, “or in the words of the football players, ‘trains’ would be run on the girls.”

Considered a bonding experience by the players, according to the suit, the rapes also were photographed and videotaped, and the plaintiff confirmed that at least one 21-second videotape of two Baylor students being gang-raped by football players had circulated.

Enough is enough. This school does not deserve football. The Big 12 should abhor Baylor as a football member. And the NCAA should recoil from this warped manifestation of the sports-above-all-wink-wink culture that pervades college athletics and that, according to these allegations  in the seventh Title IX lawsuit directed at this football program , found its most depraved form.

Reiter’s suggestion, albeit powerfully stated, is not going to happen. Whether it should is another story. There is too much money involved in big-time college football for the institution itself, or the conference to which it belongs, to stop the gravy train from running just because of the depraved activities of young men and the indifference (which is the kindest word I can offer) of any coaches or administrators.

Instead, Baylor’s leaders must decide how to promote the university as the largest Baptist institution in the country when the moral and ethical stand that Reiter argues should take place isn’t in the plans.

Good luck with that one.

Saying that, casting a broad hostile brush at Baylor is not appropriate. There is no indication that the coaches or players who make up the basketball, volleyball, softball or other athletics programs acted in the same way. More importantly, the institution is ranked among the top 75 national universities, according to U.S. News. The University of Texas is the only Big 12 school ranked higher than Baylor’s ranking of 71.

There are far more good things than bad taking place in Waco, TX. That cannot be forgotten. Neither will football.

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