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Team: Baylor Bears
Age / DOB:  (66) / 2/17/1952

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Baylor interim head coach Jim Grobe says he doesn’t plan to coach again after this season.
You do get this sense in watching the listless Bears, a team led by a staff that appeared to check out amidst all the drama roughly six weeks ago. Grobe may be wondering why he agreed to take the thankless one-year caretaker job following Art Briles' ouster. Baylor is no-doubt wondering why it couldn't find a coach willing to remain interested through the end of the season. Mon, Nov 28, 2016 03:35:00 PM

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Baylor associate AD Heath Nielsen was arrested following an alleged assault of a reporter after a November 5 loss to TCU.

Per KWTX-TV, Nielsen was arrested three days after the precipitating incident and has been charged with misdemeanor assault with bodily injury. The police report paints a somewhat troubling picture, with reporter James McBride alleging that Nielsen grabbed him by the throat and pushed him back while he was taking an onfield photograph with a Bears player. Nielsen's attorney, Michelle Simpson Tuegel, issued a statement which read, in part: "Mr. Nielsen maintains that he intervened to stop the interview, but he did not grab the complainant's throat. We look forward to vigorously defending Mr. Nielsen and presenting the facts involved in this situation." According to the arrest warrant, security cameras captured the incident in question.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 01:58:00 PM

The Wall Street Journal's Brad Reagan reports that the NCAA is not expected to bring Penn State-level sanctions against Baylor for their ongoing sexual assault scandal.

Baylor is cooperating with the NCAA's investigation. It likely helps their cause with the NCAA that they did major self-housecleaning in May, self-housecleaning that ended with the exits of HC Art Briles, AD Ian McCaw and president Ken Starr. While crippling sanctions aren't expected, that is not to say that sanctions of some degree won't be coming down the pike.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 03:20:00 PM

Baylor interim HC Jim Grobe said that he views his job as "temporary."

Grobe is under no illusion that he is guaranteed to stick at Baylor beyond the 2016 season. Said the former Wake Forest head coach, "I could fall in love with the players, and the university might like what I do and we could have that discussion, but my whole plan the whole time is to help and get out of the way." The "get out of the way" portion of the equation is the most immediately interesting statement from Grobe. Back when he was hired, he insisted that he would not be tinkering with the offensive and defensive systems already in place at the university. Looks like nothing has changed in the preceding two months. "I'm just really having fun looking at one season and done," Grobe said. His honesty is refreshing, if nothing else.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 12:12:00 PM

Brenda Tracy -- who alleges that she was raped by two Oregon State football players 18 years ago -- and her son are presenting the NCAA's Board of Governors with a petition to ban sexually violent athletes.

Tracy's son, Darius, started the petition in response to the multiple reports of sexual assault at Baylor. It has garnered in excess of 157,000 signatures. Whether this has any effect beyond the symbolic remains to be seen. The NCAA has previously met with Tracy as they try to ascertain how to move forward from this recent dark stretch. Even if the petition has no tangible impact on how the NCAA approaches cases of sexual assault, Tracy, herself, has made an effort to speak out about her experience and has met with football players at both Baylor and Nebraska.
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 03:00:00 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Baylor interim HC Jim Grobe will make $1.25 million for the 2016 season.

Grobe's salary stands as the third-lowest in the Big 12, with Iowa State's Matt Campbell and Kansas' David Beaty the only coaches within the conference to make less coin. And that $1.25 million, of course, is considerably less than Art Briles was making at the time of his termination at the end of May. Briles had somewhere in the neighborhood of eight years, $40 million remaining on his 10-year contract at the time of his departure.
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 12:16:00 PM

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."
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 02:31:00 PM

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.
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 01:49:00 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."
Mon, Jul 18, 2016 01:50:00 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."
Sat, Jul 16, 2016 02:31:00 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.
Wed, Jun 22, 2016 01:38:00 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.
Thu, Jun 16, 2016 01:01:00 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.
Sat, Jun 11, 2016 02:55:00 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."
Fri, Jun 10, 2016 01:51:00 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."
Thu, Jun 9, 2016 12:16:00 PM