DALLAS — Big 12 Media Day kicked off Monday. Even though they weren’t in town yet, Baylor was the hot topic of conversation when commissioner Bob Bowlsby hit the stage.
“There are certainly those among our board that have felt that the image of the Big 12 and the other members of the Big 12 have been sullied as a result of this incident,” said Bowlsby during his opening press conference.
But he stressed that there’s still a long way to go in the Baylor sexual assault investigation.
“Any discussion of steps the conference would take would be premature at this point,” Bowlsby said. “This is an ongoing process and it will continue for awhile.”
With the controversy in Waco still brewing, Bowlsby stepped in some of it himself when he made these comments that some thought treated this serious issue way too flippantly.
“It almost goes without saying that when you combine alcohol and drugs and raging hormones and the experiences of 18 to 22-year-olds, it’s probably unrealistic to think that these kinds of things are never going to happen, but we certainly want to make sure that from the center we do everything we can to ensure that they are minimized, if not eradicated.”
So yeah, alcohol, drugs, and campus rape culture. Probably not the official start to college football season that fans would prefer, but it’s the one we’re stuck with.