NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, September 17, 2016, 11:16 AM
Baylor beat Rice on the field, but it was the halftime show in Houston that had everyone talking.
The Rice marching band – MOB (Marching Owl Band) – mocked Baylor over the school’s sexual assault scandal by forming the Roman numeral IX during its halftime performance in front of the visiting fans.
Baylor is accused of violating Title IX – the federal law that prohibits gender discrimation – in the scandal that cost coach Art Briles his job and led to the resignation of president Ken Starr. The school is facing multiple Title IX lawsuits over the way the alleged sexual assaults were handled.
“There are nine judges on the Supreme Court or is it?” the public address announcer said as the band performed on the field. (The above video was shared on Twitter by Adam Coleman of the Houston Chronicle)
Starr, best known as the federal prosecutor who investigated Bill Clinton’s White House sex scandal, wasn’t immune to the band’s trolling on Friday night as the MOB also formed a star on the field in his honor.
An independent review of the scandal at the school in Waco, Texas found that under Starr’s leadership the school did little to respond to accusations of sexual assault involving football players.
“Baylor turned their backs to what was going on,” Ricky Patel, the attorney for one of the accusers, told the Daily News in June.
Briles, who was fired at the end of May as a result of the scandal, attended the game and sat 20 rows behind the Baylor bench. His son is the Bears’ offensive coordinator. He reportedly left before the halftime show.
The student newspaper at the Houston school – The Rice Thresher – reported via Twitter that one angry Baylor fan confronted members of the band after the performance.
(Eric Christian Smith/AP)
“Rice students calmed the situation and walked him to (the) concourse.”
No. 21 Baylor beat Rice 38-10 to improve to 3-0 on the season.
With The Associated Press