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Team: Baylor Bears
Age / DOB:  (64) / 2/17/1952

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Baylor interim HC Jim Grobe indicated that he believes Pepper Hamilton's recommendations to the university regarding its sexual assault scandal should be adopted by every school.
Pepper Hamilton offered Baylor 105 recommendations in regards to its practices relating to accusations of sexual assault. "I think it would probably be good if every university found out what those recommendations were and adopted them, because I've got a pretty good feeling that Baylor's better than it's ever been," Grobe said, "and it's on the front line in dealing with these issues." He fell under some fire at Big 12 Media Days for saying that the Bears did not have a "culture of bad behavior," but later elaborated on his comment, saying that while he was sensitive to the victims of sexual assault at the university, he wants people to understand that the current student-athletes in his program should not be painted with the dark brush of guilt-by-association. "[T]he message for me is to try to get out there that the kids I've been associated since I've been at Baylor are fantastic." Jul 21 - 2:31 PM

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Baylor AD Mack Rhoades preached transparency at his introductory press conference.

"We're going to be transparent. Every stop I've been at, we've been transparent," Rhoades said. "We've been transparent with the university, the donors, the fans, and we're going to continue to do that. That's just how we're going to operate." Formerly Missouri's athletic director, Rhoades accepted the job held by Ian McCaw as of May. McCaw stepped aside at the end of that month as part of Baylor's massive overhaul in the wake of their sexual assault scandal. Rhoades has not yet met with interim HC Jim Grobe, but indicated that a search plan for a permanent head coach will be implemented at the end of the season. Tom Herman -- whom Rhoades hired at Houston prior to joining Missouri last offseason -- has already been cited in heavy (and heavily denied) rumors surrounding the Bears' head coaching gig.
Jul 19 - 1:49 PM

Baylor officials are scheduled for a Tuesday meeting with the Big 12's board of directors to discuss the steps being taken to change the hostile sexual environment at the university.

"Our board has asked for a full accounting from Baylor University relative to the sexual assaults and their university's response to that situation," said Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. "I think it's fair to say that they're deeply concerned about the associational elements of this." The conference has only had access to the preliminary finding of facts in the scandal. Bowlsby met with Baylor officials near the end of June, but no documents or true specifics regarding the cases themselves were offered at the time. As Bowlsby himself pointed out to ESPN last week, part of the reason for Baylor's less-than-forthcoming outward appearance is that there are potential civil suits that could be levied against the university in the future and that "on the advice of counsel, they are not sharing everything they have. At least not right now."
Jul 18 - 1:50 PM

Baylor interim HC Jim Grobe said that his focus upon joining the Bears was "to come in and help heal."

"The pressure is not so much the football, but making sure the kids, we’re talking to them all the time about character and behavior issues going forward," Grobe told Yahoo Sports. "That’s the number one foundation that we need to set going forward." He understands that football is not the be-all, end-all elixir to the catastrophic scandal that has engulfed the program this offseason. "To think that magically when we play the first game that all the past stories and whatnot aren’t going to linger through the season," Grobe said, "that’s unrealistic. That’s not gonna happen."
Jul 16 - 2:31 PM

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has requested that Baylor send the conference all documents relating to the sexual assault scandal that has rocked the university.

To date, only a 13-page summary of the Pepper Hamilton investigation into Baylor's clouded recent history has been made available to the public. The Big 12 wants more information. In a statement, the conference said, "Because many of the incidents at Baylor reportedly involve student-athletes, the Conference is appropriately concerned with discovery of the facts." Baylor made a more/less clean break from its previous regime in late May with the firing of HC Art Briles and AD Ian McCaw. School president Ken Starr also stepped down from his position, but remains with the university in a teaching capacity.
Jun 22 - 1:38 PM

A second Title IX lawsuit has been filed against Baylor.

Three women are alleging they were sexually assaulted during their time at Baylor -- with one claiming she was assaulted by a Baylor football player in 2014. Per ESPN's reporting on the suit, "The women say they were deterred from reporting their attacks, not provided support to continue their classes and subjected to a hostile environment." Baylor issued a statement of response, saying, "We're committed to and have already begun to implement changes in order to provide a safe and supportive environment for students and faculty." They declined to publicly comment on the specific cases cited in the lawsuit.
Jun 16 - 1:01 PM

Speaking with KCEN, a woman who called herself "Ally" said that she was sexually assaulted by a current Baylor player in the spring of 2014.

Ally did not offer the player's name. "I feared retaliation from him, his friends, his family…and I still do." She claims that she was introduced to the unnamed player by a friend and that on the night in question, she and the player planned on attending a teammate's birthday party before instead opting to stay in. "I agreed to kiss him," she said, "I didn't think that from that it would escalate to him being on top of me and completely disregarding anything that was coming out of my mouth." Ally said that she is considering reporting her case to the university as well as the police, so further details may emerge in the coming weeks.
Jun 11 - 2:55 PM

Baylor is now reviewing the backgrounds of all incoming athletes who have transferred from other athletic programs.

The policy has already ruffled feathers, as it led to the recent departure of JUCO DT Jeremy Faulk. Bears coaches apparently questioned Faulk over an incident he was involved in at Florida Atlantic and another alleged sexual assault that may have occurred in April on Baylor's campus. No charges were filed in either case and Faulk denied sexually assaulting anyone, but Baylor's internal investigation pressed on. Baylor interim coach Jim Grobe called Jeff Sims, a former assistant at FAU and now the HC at Garden City, where Faulk played last year. This is how Sims described that conversation: "Grobe says to me, 'Listen, if he just leaves, he can go on, and we won't stop him from playing anywhere, and this investigation will stop.'" Sims is upset that allegations -- and not proof -- led to Faulk's removal from the team. "They said two strikes, and he was out," Sims said. "Now they won't give him his due process."
Jun 10 - 1:51 PM

Alex Zalkin, the lawyer for former Baylor student Jasmin Hernandez (who has filed suit against Baylor), questioned why Baylor's assistant coaching staff remains intact.

"I don't understand how you can continue to employ people who have been found to have engaged in this type of behavior," Zalkin said. After a massive restructuring of Baylor's power structure at the end of May following a report regarding their handling of sexual violence by law firm Pepper Hamilton, the university finds itself in further hot water following claims of domestic violence by the former girlfriend of recently-dismissed RB Devin Chafin in the spring of 2014. She said that both HC Art Briles and passing game coordinator Jeff Lebby knew and did nothing. Chafin has already said that he did talk to Lebby, though he says he did not tell Briles. Lebby remains on staff. Wednesday night, Baylor released a statement that said, "[a]dditional members of the administration and athletics program have also been disciplined." The lack of transparency disappoints Zalkin. "I think the public has the right to know who specifically was involved."
Jun 9 - 12:16 PM

Baylor released a statement indicating that it is "actively taking steps" to make students aware of the resources available to them.

Baylor's statement appears to have been released in response to the dismissal of RB Devin Chafin amid reports that he assaulted his girlfriend multiple times in the spring of 2014. Chafin has said that he told passing game coordinator/RB coach Jeff Lebby about the allegations, but not HC Art Briles. None of Briles, Lebby or Chafin are mentioned in the statement. "In developing informed and sensitive responses," the university said in part, "we must be open to understanding the unique dynamics of dating and domestic violence, including individual barriers and safety considerations, and to supporting our students as they evaluate their options."
Jun 8 - 3:34 PM

Baylor interim HC Jim Grobe indicated that the involvement of legendary former Baylor coach Grant Teaff played a large part in his decision to accept the job.

"[Teaff]'s just a hard man to say no to. There's nobody in college football I respect more than Grant Teaff," Grobe said. Teaff, 82, was not contacted by former AD Ian McCaw, but rather the reverse -- he called McCaw after speaking with Grobe and assessing his interest in taking the job. "I care about this university deeply," Teaff said. "Got a lot of time and effort and energy and finances invested. It’s a great, great program, a great institution." He had served as Baylor's head coach from 1972-1992 and holds the school record for victories with 128.
Jun 7 - 2:09 PM

Air Force assistant coach Steed Lobotzke said that Baylor interim HC Jim Grobe's "priorities are in check and properly aligned."

Lobotzke coached under Grobe for 17 years, so he has a fair idea of the 64-year-old's approach. He noted that because Grobe has his priorities set straight, "there’s not false motivation to do something crooked." "[H]e’s just not wired that way," Lobotzke said. Tom Elrod -- who served as QB coach under Grobe at Wake -- would back these assertions. After the Bears hired the former Demon Deacon head man, Elrod said that off-field troubles "will not be tolerated" under his watchful eye. Lobotzke described Grobe as the kind of coach who acts as a father figure to his players.
Jun 5 - 8:00 PM

When asked why he decided to retain the entire assistant coaching staff, Baylor interim HC Jim Grobe said, "I just trust the process."

"The investigation was a pretty in-depth investigation," Grobe said. "I really don’t think everybody did the right things but some of this stuff ... coaches coach football." He indicated that if any news surfaces implicating a specific assistant in the turmoil surrounding the program, that it would be dealt with at that time. While he holds an "interim" label, Grobe does have the power to fire assistants.
Jun 5 - 1:18 PM

Baylor interim HC Jim Grobe said that "[n]othing in our program can be more important than character."

"I've had a chance in this short amount of time to realize we have a great group of kids and a coaching staff that really cares about the kids," Grobe said. "Winning is very, very important, but not at the expense of character and integrity." The former Wake Forest coach has no plans to change Baylor's offensive or defensive schemes. To that end, the entire assistant coaching staff is expected to return. Grobe understands that football is not the beginning and end of the universe, though, saying. "Baylor's priorities are being realigned to ensure that they are in order. The No. 1 priority here is to make sure that all students live in a safe and caring environment."
Jun 5 - 12:36 PM

Baylor interim HC Jim Grobe indicated that to his knowledge, none of the assistant coaches on staff were implicated in the findings of Pepper Hamilton's report.

"I know of absolutely no issues, no problems. That doesn't mean that there aren't. I would honestly tell you, I've not heard of any problems," Grobe said. He plans on retaining the coaching staff, but admitted that OC Kendal Briles and passing game coordinator Jeff Lebby (Art Briles' son and son-in-law, respectively) are "very discouraged" by Baylor's decision to part ways with the elder Briles.
Jun 4 - 1:24 PM