The fallout from the Baylor sexual assault scandal continued today, when former university President Ken Starr resigned from his position as school chancellor. Starr had previously resigned as school President, but was permitted to continue to serve in the reduced role as chancellor.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news.
Ken Starr resigns as chancellor at Baylor.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 1, 2016
Not surprisingly, as the fallout from the sexual assault cover up scandal escalates, Baylor is scrambling in an attempt to minimize potentially severe NCAA sanctions. It may not matter.
The most serious outcome for Baylor would be the NCAA “death penalty”. It bans schools from competing in a sport for at least a year. In The Herd today, Colin said the death penalty was made for situations like the current Baylor debacle.
“If you look at what the death penalty in college football represents, why it was created. It was created precisely for what happened at Baylor. The death penalty wasn’t created for, you get a football player on campus and you give him a golf cart to get cross campus every once in a while. Or you give him a free meal. Or a booster there does something you can’t control.
You created the death penalty in college sports when administrators and coaches are systematically turning victims into greater victims. At Baylor you had women who were assaulted, who went to coaches and administrators and they either a) suppressed information or were hostile towards the victims. That is the death penalty.”
If Baylor is hit with the death penalty, it would likely serve as the fatal blow to its status as an elite college football program.
The last Division I program to receive the death penalty was SMU, in 1986. They received the penalty for paying players while already on NCAA probation for recruiting violations. As a result, their 1987 season was cancelled, 55 scholarships were taken away over 4 years, and other sanctions were imposed. The program was decimated and never fully recovered.