In a stunning move, Liberty University announced today that it has hired former Baylor University Athletic Director Ian McCaw to the same position. McCaw had resigned from Baylor on May 30 after it came to light that the university had covered up allegations by 17 women who reported sexual or domestic assaults involving 19 football players, including four alleged gang rapes, since 2011. McCaw had been the Baylor AD since 2003.
Considering Liberty is a Christian fundamentalist university, the hiring of McCaw seemingly undermines the school’s claims to piety. The University’s president Jerry Falwell made the following tone-deaf statement regarding the hire.
According to an ESPN report, the hire was even a surprise to the current members of the school’s athletic department.
None of the senior athletic department officials were aware McCaw had been hired until he walked through the door in his introductory news conference, a source told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
In a statement, McCaw said the following:
“My vision for Liberty is to position it as a pre-eminent Christian athletic program in America and garner the same type of appeal among the Christian community as Notre Dame achieves among the Catholic community and BYU garners from the Mormons,”
First of all, Catholics are definitely Christians too and Mormons debatably also are. But even with that aside, this is just complete blasphemy. This guy doesn’t deserve to be an Athletic Director anywhere after what transpired at Baylor, and he’s certainly not going to make Liberty University into the pride of the Christian community with his history. No self-respecting Christian would ever want to play for or root for any athletic program run by this slime-ball.