Baylor is trying to change public perception of its football program in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that led to the ouster of coach Art Briles.
It doesn't help that Shawn Oakman, one of the three former players accused of a crime, was in the team's locker room after its defeat of Rice on Friday.
Interim coach Jim Grobe was asked about Oakman's presence Monday and claimed to be unaware of who Oakman is
The transcript of what Baylor coach Jim Grobe said today, when he was asked about Oakman: pic.twitter.com/9yICMQrspF— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 19, 2016
It's possible Grobe doesn't know Oakman personally. Grobe was hired in May after Briles was removed as coach. Oakman finished his eligibility after the 2015 season.
It's unlikely, however, Grobe hasn't heard of Oakman, who was indicted in July on one count of second-degree sexual assault. The case is pending.
If Grobe is telling the truth and wasn't aware of his presence then someone else in the Baylor program definitely allowed him access to the locker room. That's not the kind of optics you want if you are dealing with the kind of national scandal that also led to school president Ken Starr and athletic director Ian McCaw losing their jobs.
Briles has been accused of being unsympathetic to the victims of sexual assault during recent interviews. Having a player accused of a crime being with the team seems to leave that same impression about the school..