Golden: At this point, Briles’ and Starr’s words ring hollow


Now Art Briles and Ken Starr want to talk?

Briles released a statement last week in which he vaguely addressed his inaction in the handling of the sexual assault accusations brought against a number of the players he recruited to campus.

“After 38 years of coaching, I have certainly made mistakes, and, in hindsight, I would have done certain things differently,” he said.

Where were these thoughts when he first got word that some of his players were possibly engaging in criminal behavior while he was the head coach? Why was he church-mouse quiet when a storm was happening on his watch?

Contrition doesn’t have the same effect when coming from a disgraced, unemployed head coach who failed to take action when action was warranted.

Meanwhile, Starr, Baylor’s former president and chancellor, stumbled and stammered when a Waco television reporter presented him with an email from a woman who alleged she was raped by former Bears football player Tevin Elliott, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting another woman.

As Starr embarrassed himself on camera with a coached-up denial of ever seeing the email, the story took another turn Sunday, when Starr’s supporters praised him in a full-page ad in the American-Statesman, thanking him for his “exceptional care for students and their well-being.”

Exceptional care?

I’m going to guess that none of the seven Starr supporters who signed the ad was related to the young women victimized by predators disguised as football players.

Interim Baylor coach Jim Grobe did more in one afternoon to comfort the females on campus than Briles, Starr and former Bears athletic director Ian McCaw did from the first moment any of them heard that there was a problem.

“The No. 1 priority here is to make sure that all students live in a safe and caring environment,” Grobe said in his introductory news conference.

Now how difficult was that to say? I sure hope he means it.

Texas Longhorns track legend Sanya Richards-Ross was hoping to end her stellar career at the 2016 Olympics, but those hopes took a hit Saturday when she injured her right leg during a 100-meter race in Atlanta. Richards-Ross crashed to the track midway through the race and was carried off in tears by her husband, Aaron Ross, a former NFL cornerback who helped the Texas football team to a national title in 2005.

While she’s the defending Olympic champion in the 400-meters, the 31-year-old Richards-Ross hasn’t shown her previous form lately, running a 52.16 recently at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon, where she finished seventh. That time is well off what she would need to qualify for the USA Olympic team.

The timing of the injury couldn’t be worse for Richards-Ross, who is already the greatest women’s track athlete UT has produced and one who has represented the university and USA Track with class and grace.

Shaka Smart got his man. St. Stephen’s center Jarrett Allen made it official by signing with the Longhorns last week, and now Smart has a new building block in the paint after the departures of Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh and Connor Lammert.

The UT sports marketing folks have really made it fun at Club Erwin over the past couple of seasons, so I’m expecting to see plenty of oversized afros in the stands during Allen’s freshman season.

Is the NBA’s Eastern Conference that inferior to the West? Didn’t the Cleveland Cavaliers open the postseason with 10 straight wins? Wasn’t this the year LeBron was supposed to lead his city out of the wilderness to its first championship since 1964?

Cleveland’s 110-77 loss at Golden State on Sunday looked to be a pre-coronation for the Warriors. The Cavs appear cooked.

Cleveland may get one game in this series. James looked passive for most of Game 2, and his teammates followed his example. Dude even got called for traveling. Twice.

They say a series hasn’t started until a team loses a home game, but this one feels like it’s already finished.

Texas baseball fans … this is that uneasy feeling you get when you are forced to pull for Texas A&M against TCU in the super regional because you don’t want Frogs coach Jim Schlossnagle advancing to a third straight College World Series, making it tougher for him to leave Fort Worth for Austin.


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