Baylor University has been under fire for over a year now for their lack of awareness when it comes to members of their football team being accused of numerous acts of sexual assault. But the latest allegations may be the worst yet.
A lawsuit was recently filed by a former recruiting hostess at the school for Title IX violations and negligence. Within the lawsuit, 31 of Baylor’s former football players are accused of committing 52 acts of rape during the years of 2011 and 2014 according to the Dallas Morning News.
As if the accusations are not damning enough, the details of the alleged crimes are downright disturbing.
Of the 52 rape accusations, five consisted of multiple football players (sometimes 10 or more) engaging in the horrendous activity. In another instance, the school reportedly paid tuition for a student in exchange for her keeping quiet about a member of the football team allegedly raping her at her apartment.
The suit also claims that Baylor used sex as a recruiting tool in order to land some of the country’s top high school recruits. While the head coach of the team in Art Biles was already fired from his position last May, the latest lawsuit may be the beginning of the school shutting down their football program for good.
Baylor can self impose themselves with penalties all they want, but who is to say that something like this would not happen again in the future? The sport of college football as become such a big-money business that schools are willing to do almost anything to land a potential recruit that could lead them to years of success.
As it was alleged in the suit, Baylor pretty much ignored the basic guidelines of human decency when it came to their football program. Oddly enough (but not really), the school had one of the most successful football programs in the country from 2011 to 2015.
During that time period, Baylor appeared in five bowl games, averaged 10 wins per season, and was ranked as high as second in the nation by the Associated Press. Millions of dollars in revenue were generated as a result of their success, which will come in handy when the school has to figure out how to deal with their most recent lawsuit.
Baylor’s decision to ignore the cries of numerous young women in order to score more touchdowns could eventually end up in no one attending the school to play football ever again.