Baylor president Judge Ken Starr, center, jokingly joins the postgame news conference table with Brittney Griner (42) and Odyssey Sims (0) after an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Waco Texas. Baylor won 86-45.
Starr and Griner are probably the two most recognized names associated with Baylor University. Griner, the 6'8" dunking star of the Lady Bears, and Starr, Baylor President, former Special Prosecuter and law professor and dean at Pepperdine University. You don't have to look too hard to find negatives for either Griner or Starr, but I have to give them both some positive support. Much has been said about Griner's sexuality, even to the point of claiming that she is actually a man. Recently Griner came out in a very low key manner as a lesbian, which could have caused quite a kerfuffle at the Baptist University. However, in classic Starr mode, he has supported Griner in a variety of ways, including making confetti angels on the court with Griner after Baylor had clinched yet another Big 12 Championship.
I learned to know Ken during the time that we were both at Pepperdine, and while I certainly do not agree with him on every issue, I learned that he is sincere, honest, and caring person who certainly is not hostile toward those who disagree with him, even those who vilify him. He is obviously brilliant and will no doubt tread carefully regarding the issues of gays and lesbians at Baylor. But, he is also wise and will likely find some common ground and forge some positive outcomes as the discussions proceed.