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Baylor U. Scandal Brings Ken Starr Down

Baylor U. Scandal Brings Ken Starr Down

Ken Starr in 2011. (AP) 

By Tuesday, 23 August 2016 01:22 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Some Clintonistas who remain die-hard Ken Starr haters will be gloating, saying what goes around, comes around. Those of us who feel more favorably toward Starr will view the events as scandal irony. Yet the fact remains that while investigating a sex scandal brought Ken Starr fame and national recognition, a sex scandal investigation brought him down in the end.

Ken Starr has severed his last link with Baylor University, resigning as a law school professor and, according to Fox News, surrendering “his faculty status and tenure.”

Starr’s retreat from Baylor resembled the Wehrmacht’s withdrawal from Russia: slow, grudging, and tenacious. First Starr quit as president of Baylor in May.

Then he stepped down as chancellor. And now he’s out altogether.

Starr’s downfall came after the Pepper Hamilton law firm issued a “scathing 13–page summary report that found Baylor, under Starr's leadership, did little to respond to accusations of sexual assault involving football players.”

Instead of investigating assault allegations, it appeared fired head coach Art Briles was mainly interested in protecting his football program at all costs.

Fox reports that “by mounting their own ‘untrained’ investigations and meeting directly with a complainant, football staff ‘improperly discredited’ complainants' claims and denied them a right to a fair, impartial and informed investigation."

In many instances the athletic department didn’t even choose to report the allegations to the proper university authorities. These poor women who trusted Baylor officialdom were simply betrayed and discarded. This would be bad enough at a secular university, but Baylor is a private Baptist university!

In fact the athletic department had no more justification in investigating sexual assault complaints than the home economics department did.

The victim’s and their allegations should have been immediately turned over to law enforcement investigators who are not only trained, but also independent of Baylor’s influence.

In the short run the cover-up worked. In the past three years the Baylor bear football team won two Big 12 championships, had a Heisman Trophy winner and built a new, $250 million football stadium. Now Coach Cover–up is gone. The university’s reputation is in tatters. And Ken Starr is disgraced by another sex scandal.

My question now is: Was it worth it? Maybe it’s not too late to install a brick somewhere on the shiny, new stadium that acknowledges the football program was built on the  victim’s pain.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.



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My question now is: Was it worth it? Maybe it’s not too late to install a brick somewhere on the shiny, new stadium that acknowledges the football program was built on the rape victim’s pain.
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