“Completely exonerated.” That’s the term the attorney of former Baylor football coach Art Briles used this week. The NCAA made a ruling after a six-year investigation into Briles and Baylor football over its sexual assault scandal, the one that led to Briles, Baylor’s president, and its athletic director all being run out. And what was the ruling from college sports governing body? That it doesn’t have the authority to govern or rule any more.
It seemed like more of an indictment of the NCAA than a release of Briles.
The NCAA said that Briles was so inhuman — my word — that he looked the other way when he received reports of women alleging that they’d been sexually assaulted by his players. It said there was a lack of institutional control in helping assault victims but that the lack of control existed not only in the football program but also the entire university. Baylor officials agreed with all of that.
And yet the NCAA said there was no actual, specific NCAA rule broken in all of that. So, the NCAA couldn’t pin anything on Briles or Baylor.