Tuesday, February 7, 2017

That Baylor brand

Maybe they just need to lay off football for awhile, down there in Waco. No matter what the hometown school does, it seems, it can't get out from under the dark cloud of its football program.

First, Baylor football turned into a de facto vacation spa for sexual predators, with lawsuits alleging the university itself took, shall we say, a cavalier attitude toward the goings-on. Art Briles' program, after all, had become a national power. And we all know how much they love national football powers in Texas.

The whole thing eventually blew up in their faces, as these sorts of things tend to do. Briles was cast into outer darkness, and -- even as the lawsuits proceed apace -- Baylor has vowed to clean up its football act. And that's what it brought in Matt Rhule from Temple to do.

Except ...

Well, except that one of the guys Rhule brought with him -- a 33-year-old assistant strength coach named Brandon Washington -- just got nicked in a Waco prostitution sting.

McLennan County (Texas) deputies arrested Washington in a Waco-area hotel on a prostitution solicitation charge, a Class B misdemeanor. Baylor immediately fired him, but once again it's left looking like a place where its football program can't keep its collective pants zipped.

Not a good look for a Baptist school.

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