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Coach Art Briles. That’s what the hashtag #CAB stands for.

Who is Briles? He was the wildly successful head coach of Baylor football, until this season.

Briles was fired in the offseason after the lid was ripped off the proverbial cookie jar, exposing a culture of sexual assault within the university’s football team.

According to some, Briles knew nothing of the allegations. Others, such as Baylor regent David Harper, refute that, claiming Briles knew of at least one instance of assault and failed to report it to authorities.

The allegations have divided a university. On one hand, you have people who genuinely believe Briles is innocent. On the other hand, you have those who don’t care if Briles is innocent or not. All they care about is one thing.

Winning.

Baylor is a historically bad football program. Their fanbase hadn’t had much to cheer about until Briles showed up. Simply put, the fans fell too much in love with the feeling of winning.

Don’t get me wrong, winning is great. But, at the end of the day, it’s just a game.

No matter what you believe about Briles, he is the head coach. The buck stops with him, whether it’s his fault or not. Someone has to be held responsible and, fair or not, it’s usually the man in charge.

So, if you’re one of those people waving #CAB flags and wearing #CAB shirts on gameday, just stop.

All you’re doing is creating a toxic environment and making yourself look bad in the process.

Jacob Griffith can be contacted at [email protected]

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