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Baylor Head Coach Jim Grobe's press conference:
Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike Gundy's press conference:
In response to the many tweets and discussions regarding the MOB's halftime performance during the Baylor game, Texas Monthly points out to Rice that they shouldn't throw stones in regard to rape on campus.
The WacoTrib suggests that the MOB is lacking in adult supervision and leadership.
Key lesson for Rice officials and MOB leadership: If you have to explain the joke, then it’s not a very good joke. Granted, in this case the Owl band had only music, scattering formations and a few glib references by the announcer to make the point. But given the complexity of the painful subjects lampooned — including Title IX policy on gender violence — the point was clearly lost on many.
Second key lesson: Anytime rape or sexual assault is involved, don’t even think twice about using it as a subject for levity. Scrap the idea. Jettison it. Those in the far-flung Baylor universe disagree vehemently on almost everything about the past year. But no one we’ve met thinks this is grist for the humor mill, sophomoric or satiric. Any adults involved in the MOB on-field antics Friday should have known better.
Baylor fans should redirect any anger regarding this episode and focus on more important matters, even as they accept that scandals such as that unfolding at Baylor over the past year will be used, fairly or not, to define Baylor if not to lampoon or lambaste it. Just as the First Amendment allows football athletes to disrespect our country at the playing of the national anthem, so too it allows college bands, with or without mature supervision, to make folly of a tragic situation. It likewise permits us to boo our heads off before presumably doing all we can to right wrongs back on home turf.