Todd Berry has a 14-year daughter. He says he would absolutely consider sending her to Baylor.
"I would have no issues with that," the American Football Coaches Association executive director told CBS Sports on Thursday.
That's probably not a popular stance right now. Berry's office is in located in Waco, Texas, where Baylor athletics is in the crosshairs of national outrage. His association is an advocacy organization for 3,000 high school and college coaches nationally.
The question wasn't meant to trap Berry, who spent 10 of his 33 years in the profession as a head coach. He's the one who wants the AFCA to become more relevant, more than just an advocacy organization.
He was the Army coach in 2001 that led players who, months later, would be Rangers on the front lines fighting terrorism.
Berry will no doubt be criticized for the statement above. But he's not being frivolous by making it, and he's not backing down.
"If they're guilty, I want them punished to the fullest extent of the law," Berry said of Baylor. "But I want to be fair. This is not something that goes by lightly. It's inexcusable. Until this thing is fully adjudicated, it's not fair to jump on."
We're in the pitchfork and torches stage of the Baylor scandal at the moment. Scalps are in high demand. If nothing else, the Baylor administration has allowed the university to be painted with a broad brush. At worst, there are obvious and loud indicators that Baylor at least enabled football players committing sexual assault to stay on the field.
I called to ask Berry if it was time the AFCA at least offered a position statement, something to reaffirm the association's stance against sexual assault. Sure, all coaches are against it in theory, but there seem to be only a few who make it a deal breaker.
Steve Spurrier made it one of the foundations of his programs: You touch a woman, you're gone.
Texas' Charlie Strong should be credited, too. One of his core values is treating women with respect. Arizona's Rich Rodriguez is another.
Never, ever, hit a girl. If you do this, you're finished as a Gamecock football player.
Those words were actually written in Spurrier's South Carolina players' manual.
"It's a wonderful rule and, when you enforce it, you get results," Spurrier told me last summer.
Does it clean up the scourge that sexual assault has become on college athletics? No, but it's a start. It's come time to write some of this stuff down, make a statement. Take a stand.
Sounds simple and maybe inadequate, but it's something. Silence is not an option. Not anymore.
I'm not saying coaches don't care. I'm saying they don't care enough to speak out as one, to become loud and boisterous advocates.
"I think the majority of our coaches take tremendously strong stances," Berry said. "That was one of our core values in the programs I've been a part of. Most coaches do that now. I do think, unfortunately, this is a societal problem right now, and it certainly needs to be addressed. That's an ongoing thing for everybody."
You don't have to necessarily attack Baylor to attack the scourge. We know that way more than half of sexual assault victims don't report their abuse fearing shame or ridicule or the stress of facing their accusers.
We know The Center for Public Integrity found that universities as a whole have a problem properly punishing sexual assault.
The fourth annual Borderline Walk is coming up in Toronto to raise awareness for the plight of that Mizzou swimmer Sasha Menu-Courey. Menu-Courey said she was sexually assaulted by as many as three Missouri football players in 2010. She committed suicide the next year.
"What we're requesting almost is [the coaches'] evaluation should not be just for performance," Sasha's mother, Lynn, told me. "It's about how they're reacting. Lesson learned on this: It's not easy, and we have to find better ways to support the rape victims. It's a whole mentality we have to change."
The NCAA -- and colleges in general -- have been bad at legislating morality. The NCAA stuck its nose in rather clumsily at Penn State. A case can be made they should do the same, hopefully much less clumsily, at Baylor.
That's the issue. Baylor has let it get to this stage. It's bigger than athletics. It's more about a private religious flagship institution and what it wants to be. It's what college athletics wants to be.
Someday soon, the video of Oklahoma's Joe Mixon cold-cocking a woman may be released. Think of the conflagration caused by the Ray Rice tape. Now imagine it pulling up alongside Baylor in the national discussion.
It's hard to imagine Bears coach Art Briles knowingly harboring players -- even allowing them to play -- after they were accused of sexual assault.
But we do know that two of Briles' former players have been sentenced to jail.
That's why it's fair to ask anyone if women should/can consider attending Baylor. Like Berry, Briles has two daughters.
"We constantly address [sexual assault] with our players," Briles said last month.
Apparently not often enough.
Briles' job security is a hot topic. The bigger discussion is whether any coach or athletic director should be involved in any sort of player discipline.
Their situation is inherently a conflict of interest. It's in their best interests for the best players to be on the field in order to win games.
You may have seen these words on ESPN from Jasmin Hernandez, an alleged sexual assault victim who has filed suit against Baylor: "Please, definitely start standing up for your students. This sick and grotesque display of ongoing hypocritical and unwillingness to stand up for the students who are undergoing sexual assault and to hide their perpetrators is disgusting."
The offseason has been deluged with speculation/insight/analysis on the need for a college football commissioner. It's never going to happen.
Let me type that again. Never. Nick Saban doesn't want to be told what to do for the same reason Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany doesn't want to be told what to do. They own brands that have thrived under their leadership.
In an ideal world, a college football commissioner would issue a position statement stating something along the lines of: If a coach is found to have promoted an atmosphere of hostility against the opposite sex within his/her program, that coach should be sanctioned.
There are already myriad questions. Who sanctions? What are the sanctions? Mere details. The bigger question: Do we want to give that much power to one person?
The industry has spoken: Never.
It's more likely that a coach is suspended for violating NCAA rules than being held accountable for fostering an environment threatening to women.
That isn't going to change no matter how Baylor's problems are resolved.