The controversy at Baylor that cost Art Briles his job and sent the program into complete turmoil has had repercussions throughout the country.
Athletic departments are trying to learn whatever lessons they can to prevent the next “Baylor” from occurring at their school.
It does not take too much common sense to know Baylor mishandled reporting sexual assaults on campus and the football program was complicit either by its silence or, worse, willfully to protect the football program. It is a situation that athletic directors across the country are hoping to prevent.
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley is being proactive with his approach to prevent this misstep from occurring in Gainesville.
Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel reports Foley sent an e-mail to each coach at Florida on Thursday to remind them of their duties whenever a case of sexual assault or harassment are reported to them.
According to Thompson, the e-mail highlights policies Florida already implements. But the message was meant as a reminder in light of recent events.
It stated a requirement to tell the athletic department about any report of sexual assault or harassment given to a coach, a reminder coaches are not allowed to do their own investigation of sexual assault or harassment and a reminder for coaches to stay out of the investigation process, including not serving as primary counselors for players.
The reminder is pretty comprehensive and certainly touches directly on the things that went wrong at Baylor and its culture that allowed this controversy to occur.