Baylor University is the largest Baptist university in the world! As such, one would expect the University to be a bastion of Baptist decorum. A place where Christian ideals and Baptist distinctives are upheld are modeled for the world to see and glorify Christ.
One would be wrong.
Baylor has repeatedly been in the news for anything but the gospel of Jesus Christ. Four years ago was the basketball scandal, involving not just NCAA violations but the murder of one player by another.
A year before that Playboy came to Waco as part of their “Women of the Big 12” issue. Some members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity posed clothed with some female students in bikinis at an off-campus sand volleyball court. One student posed separately for the magazine au natural and was suspended; no students were expelled according to the university’s website.
Then there is today’s news story from the Associated Press which has the following lead sentence:
Baylor athletic department officials said they are considering disciplinary action against an assistant football coach cited for urinating on the bar at a tavern.
Considering? What is there to consider? A man charged with leading and training young men, not only in playing football but in being men, is instead charged with a Class C misdemeanor for publicly whizzing on a bar.
What really bothers me is that the university which employs the uninhibited Eric Schnupp is the “world’s largest Baptist university”. The fact that Baylor is a “Baptist” university should connotate that it is a “Christian” university. Based on the three news stories listed in this post, however, could one differentiate between Baylor and any other Big 12 school? Should not coaches who belong to “the world’s largest Baptist university” handle adversity better than Coach Schnupp?
Baylor had been humbled 58-10 earlier in the day by that traditional college football powerhouse Kansas. (If you are not college football savvy, the previous sentence is dripping with sarcasm.) Evidently the coach wanted to drown away his team’s dismal performance with “several shots of hard liquor, most bought for him by other people.”
How is this behavior any different from any other assistant coach in the Big 12, or any of the D-1 conferences for that matter? Why does Baylor insist on continually trumpeting that they are “the world’s largest Baptist university”?
As a Christian, and as one who holds to Baptist convictions and distinctives, I wish Baylor would find a new tagline. Maybe they could say, “Baylor: We’re just like everyone else!”