Art Briles in 2015

In news that is going to anger a lot of people, it was revealed what former Baylor head coach Art Briles and other officials received in a settlement after failing to report many sexual assault cases regarding football players.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Baylor’s IRS forms revealed that Briles received $15.1 million after being fired from Baylor while former President Ken Starr received $4.52 million and athletic director Ian McCaw (now at Liberty University) $761,059.

While it seems backwards and horrible that the people who did harm to the victims and to the university would be the ones most rewarded, it’s something that Baylor felt was the simplest solution.

In the case of Briles, he was in the middle of a 10-year contract and had $39 million remaining on that contract. Baylor could definitely try to fight it and not pay Briles anything, but after seeing what’s happening at Louisville with them and Rick Pitino, Baylor just wanted this to all go away so they took the easy way out and settled.

That definitely isn’t going to look great and it’s very much a slap in the face to the victims seeing these people who made their lives a living hell getting all this money to go away, but…well there’s no way to make that sound good so let’s just say the whole situation reminds me of this.

“He’s got you there, Art.”

[Dallas Morning News]

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