Deion Sanders banned a Black reporter from overlaying his program. Eddie George needed to be convinced by a white man to take a job at a Traditionally Black Faculty and College. And now Hue Jackson — a person with an 11-44 file as an NFL head coach — has hired Art Briles, a serial rape enabler, to his staff at Grambling State College — arguably essentially the most historic program in all of HBCU soccer.
How is any of this serving to HBCUs?
It isn’t. It’s making a mockery of them.
In case you forgot, Briles apparently hates ladies. That final sentence isn’t libel both, as Briles was fired as the head coach at Baylor in 2016 after a intercourse scandal found that the college’s former president all the way down to Briles have been trying the opposite means and ignoring rape allegations towards quite a few members of the Bears’ high-profiled soccer group. One former scholar claimed that over 50 girls had been sexually assaulted and raped by more than 30 players throughout a four-year span. It’s one of many vilest intercourse scandals school sports activities has ever witnessed, and it’s proper up there with Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, Jerry Sandusky at Penn State, and the Robert Anderson case at Michigan. However but, Jackson thought Briles was the appropriate individual to convey to an HBCU campus that has the slogan, “where everybody is somebody.” Briles denied information of his gamers’ crimes however admitted to errors whereas at Baylor.
As Briles advised ESPN again in 2016 about Baylor’s failure to correctly deal with allegations of sexual assualt:
There have been some dangerous issues that occurred underneath my watch. And for that, I’m sorry. … I used to be fallacious. I’m sorry. I’m going to study. I’m going to get higher.
“I’m not a fan in any respect. I’m very, very dissatisfied in Grambling, I actually am,” Doug Williams, Grambling’s most iconic participant and former two-time coach of this system, advised The Washington Post’s Nicki Jhabvala. “I talked to the AD a pair instances. They knew the place I stood, however they did it and if that’s what they wish to do, that’s superb. I’m out.”
So long as Briles is on employees, this system won’t have Williams’ assist.
“Oh, no. I can’t do this. No, no, no. If I assist them, I condone it,” he mentioned in response to the report.
Jackson, nevertheless, has supported Briles for years. And regardless of how the varsity denied rumors that Briles was in play over the previous two weeks, that every one modified Thursday when Jackson received his means.
“I’ve gotten to know coach Briles, and he’s an amazing offensive-minded soccer coach,’’ Jackson said about Briles in 2016. Jackson thought it was a good suggestion on the time to usher in Briles to assist with the Browns offense when Jackson was the top coach in Cleveland. “I’m at all times on the lookout for alternative ways of doing issues. What occurred at Baylor’s at Baylor.’’
That was the day that Jackson proved that he’ll work with anyone to win soccer video games. Satirically, it didn’t work. The Browns were 1-15 in 2016.
“I really imagine (Briles) goes to get again to doing what he does in some unspecified time in the future in time,’’ Jackson predicted six years ago. “We’ve all been type of knocked down earlier than, I’ve, too. I’ve been unfairly judged earlier than and judged appropriately, too. I strive not to do this with individuals. I attempt to take individuals for face worth and I simply know I’ve met him and have talked to him extensively and no matter’s occurred at Baylor, I’m not condoning or him being right here says that we condone something.’’
Each few many years, HBCUs obtain the rightful consideration and appreciation they deserve from the remainder of the nation. And that’s precisely what we’re experiencing in the intervening time, as HBCUs haven’t been highlighted like this because the Nineties. However with consideration comes duty. And the choice to rent Briles is an unacceptable one given what’s occurred at some HBCU campuses over the previous few years. In 2019, a sorority graduate adviser who was additionally the manager assistant to the president at Fort Valley State University was indicted in a prostitution ring. In 2020, Jackson State’s president had to resign after additionally being caught in a prostitution bust. And now now we have the hiring of a person like Briles. Nothing constructive can come from this as HBCUs are attempting to scrub up their campuses when somebody with Briles’ status and previous will get employed. Faculty campuses are locations the place women and girls have been preventing for his or her security for many years — regardless of if it’s an HBCU or a predominately white establishment.
However, none of that issues. As a result of once you’re probably the greatest innovators of the unfold offense, individuals will look the opposite means if it implies that soccer video games could be gained.
When Hue Jackson was employed at Grambling he mentioned he deliberate to remain “until they kick me out.” I hope he meant that. However, I pray that the college realizes that hiring Briles is a fireable offense and sends them each on their means. As a result of whereas that campus could also be a spot the place “all people is anyone,” it doesn’t imply that everyone deserves to be there.