Oregon State rape victim agrees to speak to Baylor football program
After recently meeting with Nebraska, Brenda Tracy will now travel to Waco, Texas, to speak in front of the Baylor football team
Rape victim Brenda Tracy will speak at Baylor later this month, she told CBS Sports on Thursday.
Tracy said Bears acting coach Jim Grobe reached out recently asking her speak to his players at the embattled program on July 25. Tracy becomes what is believed to be the first rape survivor to speak to the program since a sexual assault scandal cost coach Art Briles his job and led to the resignation of Baylor's athletic director and president.
Tracy's plight has become a national story after she told of being raped by four football players in 1998. Two of them were Oregon State players. Last month, she visited Nebraska to tell her story and meet former Beavers, now Cornhuskers coach Mike Riley.
"I had talked to Coach Grobe. He's possibly going to invite other teams to come," Tracy said. "I said, 'Yeah, invite as many [athletes] as you want."
Tracy said she feels momentum for her cause after the successful trip to Nebraska last month. She has previously told CBS Sports that, amid the scandal, Baylor football should be "shut down."
"Because it was Baylor that triggered so much for me," she said. "I wrote that open letter to the Baylor regents that they should get the death penalty. The idea that this is circling around that I'm going to be standing there before those players [is amazing]."
Grobe is beginning his second month as acting coach since replacing Briles last month. He is a former national coach of the year at Wake Forest.
"Coach Grobe is a really nice man," Tracy added. "He made it clear he was in retirement and came out of retirement to come help this program."
In an unrelated development, Tracy recently spoke to NCAA president Mark Emmert by phone. She has been invited to Chicago on July 21 to meet with NCAA chief of staff Cari Van Senus and NCAA chief medical officer Brian Hainline.
Tracy is hoping to help develop NCAA legislation that would ban recruits and transfers who have been involved in sexual assault from playing.
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