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Power Take: Baylor football reeks of misguided priorties

We were supposed to learn from the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State. The emphasis on winning was to be corrected downward, with more importance put on protecting alleged victims and seeking the truth.

Then we got a glimpse inside the Baylor football program and how it handled a sexual-assault epidemic. An independent investigation found “a cultural perception that football was above the rules,” thwarting accusers and ignoring Title IX and Clery Act obligations.

The investigation determined Baylor’s football program since 2009 covered up sexual-assault allegations and “discouraged complainants” from reporting them.

Baylor apparently wouldn’t dare interfere with the economic engine that produced $266 million McLane Stadium two years ago. Winning still trumps humanity far too often and makes big-money sports increasingly harder to watch.

Whether it’s covering up rapes or belittling concussions or signing recidivist abusers or shaming accusers or getting injured players hooked on narcotics, the industry − and it certainly is an industry − gets less sporting by the year.