Big XII Commissioner Says Eliminating Sexual Assault on Campus Is ‘Unrealistic’
The sexual-assualt scandal at Baylor has been a major story throughout the college football offseason, and resulted in the dismissals of university president Ken Starr and head coach Art Briles. The latest comments from Bob Bowlsby, the commissioner of the Big XII Conference (which includes Baylor), are not likely to quiet critics of how the controversy has been handled.
Speaking at the Big XII’s season opening media days, Bowlsby said he felt it was “unrealistic” to eradicate sexual assault on campus due to a combination of drugs, alcohol, and testosterone.
“It almost goes without saying that when you combine alcohol and drugs and raging hormones and the experiences of 18-22 years old, it’s probably unrealistic to think that these kinds of things are never going to happen,” Bowlsby said.
The comments were met with immediate criticism on Twitter:
I understand that Bob Bowlsby is kind of a dumbass, but this is ridiculous even for him. https://t.co/VqAh5z4s7U
— Doug Farrar (@BR_DougFarrar) July 18, 2016
.@YahooDrSaturday there is NO EXCUSE for sexual assault. wth Bowlsby- this statement is disgusting
— Julia (@jualreadyknoww) July 18, 2016
The Big XII’s response to the Baylor scandal is likely to be scrutinized even more closely following the release of a New York Times report which chronicled the relative absence of a paper trail in the university’s investigation. Baylor officials are scheduled to deliver a presentation about the scandal to the Big 12’s board of directors on Tuesday.
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