The news came as a bolt out of the blue Thursday morning, sending an electric shock through the world of college athletics, not just football. Coaches like Art Briles don't get fired. They're too big to get fired, too beloved, too untouchable. Briles had turned Baylor football from nothing into something and then some. No one could touch Art Briles. And just like that, he was out.
Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity has apologized to the athletic association's board of directors following the disclosure that rapper Ludacris was paid $65,000 to perform at the school's spring football game and also was provided liquor and a box of condoms.
"Shocked" was among the words Baylor Board of Regents chair Richard Willis used in a statement Thursday to describe a law firm's findings of "the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus," and institutional responses that fell somewhere between inept and immoral.
Baylor University fired football coach Art Briles and removed Ken Starr as president on Thursday after an independent review uncovered significant problems with how the athletic department handled sexual assault allegations against football players. Starr will keep his title as chancellor of the university.
The daughter of outgoing Baylor football coach Art Briles called the circumstances that led to his ouster a "media witch hunt" and wrote that her father is a "man of incredible character" in a Facebook post.
Baylor has alerted the NCAA about possible rules violations stemming from its handling of sexual assault cases involving football players, outgoing board of regents chairman Richard Willis said Thursday.
The biggest star in college football by just about everyone's account, Clemson's Deshaun Watson, is in the Lowcountry this weekend for the annual All-American Football Camp run by Hilton Head Island High School head coach B.J. Payne. The camp kicked off Friday night, May 20, 2016, and runs through Sunday. Last season, Watson -- who as you'll see is very much at ease mentoring youngsters -- a Heisman Trophy finalist, became the first quarterback in Football Bowl Subdivision history to pass for more than 4,000 yards (4,104) and rush for more than 1,000 (1,105) in the same season. Among the other big names at this year's camp, Hilton Head High graduate Poona Ford, who's playing his college ball at the University of Texas.
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