Baylor HC Texts Players Every 2 Hours on Weekends To Remind Them To Respect Women
This is where Baylor University is at right now.
New Baylor Bears head football coach Matt Rhule is attempting to do his part to rebuild the program’s image. Just recently, he spoke about how he’s dealing with the players, and revealed he texts every single player on the squad almost every weekend about respecting women and off-field behavior, according to Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach of ESP.
“That’s not because we’re at Baylor,” Rhule said. “That’s because I’m dealing with 18- to 23-year-old kids, and I feel a responsibility just like I would feel for my son.”
Former head coach Art Briles was fired after an investigation revealed his gross mishandling of allegations of sexual abuse that involved his players. The school still has six Title IX lawsuits pending from 15 different women.
Rhule says he sends his players text messages every two hours on Thursday and Friday night, starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 3 a.m.
“I think one thing I’ll say – and I feel very passionately about this – is so often football coaches say, ‘Of course, I’m against rape. I have two young girls.’ To me, it’s not just the fact that I have girls in my life is why I don’t believe in rape,” Rhule said. “When you communicate like that with football players or any young people, they begin, in my mind, to differentiate between women they know and love and women who they don’t know, and then they don’t place any value on them.
“We talk about what it means to be a man, and a major part of that is not just how to treat your mom, but how to treat all women, the way to be respectful to all women, how to look at women, how to speak to women and how to treat women each and every day.”