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Baylor and BYU have agreed to play a home-and-home series starting in 2021.
The two programs have only met twice before (in a 1983 Baylor win and in a 1984 BYU win). They'll be gearing back up after that long, long, long hiatus starting in 2021, when the Bears will host the Cougars in Waco. In 2022, BYU will return the hosting favor in Provo. While it's impossible to see the future (right?), we like the direction both teams took in 2015. BYU was as frisky as they came in building a 9-4 record last season and the only thing preventing Baylor from a legitimate title run was the fact that they suffered multiple debilitating quarterback injuries down the stretch. Apr 3 - 7:56 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Baylor HC Art Briles was named in the federal Title IX sexual assault lawsuit against the university.

The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Jasmin Hernandez, who was raped by Baylor football player Tevin Elliott, currently serving a 20-year sentence for the crime. The suit claims Baylor "did not take any action whatsoever to investigate Hernandez’s claim." Further, the suit says Baylor’s counseling center brushed her off and Art Briles' secretary, on behalf of the athletics department, did the same. The suit claims Briles knew that five other women were accusing Elliott of similar misconduct at the time she lodged a complaint. Baylor is investigating.
Apr 1 - 1:47 PM

A former Baylor student who reported to school officials that she was raped by former football player Tevin Elliott in 2012 has filed a Title IX lawsuit against the university.

The woman in question is Jasmin Hernandez, who has waived anonymity according to her attorneys. She reported Elliott's assault to authorities in 2012, but received little support from the university proper even after she told them of the incident. Eventually, Elliott was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault in 2014 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. At that trial, it was discovered that another student had reported a rape by Elliott just weeks before Hernandez did likewise. An email announcing the lawsuit read, in part, "Baylor authorities were negligent in that they had notice that Elliott had sexually assaulted at least one other female student prior to his sexual assault of Jasmin. Knowing this, the university failed to take reasonable measures to prevent him from hurting other students."
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 31 - 1:56 PM

Baylor HC Art Briles invited Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh and his staff to participate in a one-day football camp on June 12.

Briles and Harbaugh have formed something of a tight coaching duo, with Harbaugh earlier inviting the Baylor head honcho to speak to his team during spring practice. Now, Briles is returning the favor and inviting Harbaugh and company down to Texas. He made the announcement via Twitter, writing, "Pumped to have Jim & crew down - two top-5 programs giving student athletes the opportunity to learn! #RealityNoHype."
Mar 17 - 11:20 PM

Baylor and Ole Miss have agreed to kick off the 2020 season at the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff in Houston.

The party will go down on Sept. 5, 2020 at Houston's NRG Stadium. The Bears have worked diligently the past calendar year to bolster future non-conference schedules, a recent source of embarrassment for the program as it has meteorically risen to elite status. The SEC and Big 12 now have requirements to play at least one non-conference game against a Power 5 opponent, so Baylor and Ole Miss are both good for the 2020 season.

In an open letter to the Baylor community regarding a recent Outside the Lines report detailing several cases of sexual assault, president Ken Starr said, "We have requested, and we expect, a frank and candid assessment that both addresses past practices and offers forward-looking recommendations [from an external investigation begun in the fall]."

The OTL report detailed multiple accusations of sexual assault levied against Baylor football players, particularly focusing on Tevin Elliott (played for Baylor from 2009-2012) and Sam Ukwuachu (2013-2015). Both players were found guilty on several charges of assault, with Elliott sentenced to 20 years in prison and Ukwuachu sentenced to 180 days in county jail and 10 years felony probation. Starr refused to address specific cases in his open letter, saying, "While Baylor can speak generally to policies, procedures and practices, we cannot speak to individual cases and remain within the confines of governing law." The governing law he's referring to is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, though two of the victims in question have signed FERPA release forms, waiving that right. Starr failed to address those cases.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 8 - 7:57 PM

On The Audible podcast, Baylor HC Art Briles said that his reaction to the Outside the Lines report detailing alleged sexual assaults by several former football players was one of "sadness and sorrow because it's something you never want to be associated with."

The OTL report focused on five women who reported to the police in regards to sexual assaults committed by Tevin Elliott, who played for Baylor from 2009 to 2012. Elliott's currently serving 20 years in prison after being found guilty on two counts of sexual assault. Said Briles, " As those things come up, you deal with them to the best that you're capable of doing. Then, you try to educate and make awareness to it and hopefully, it never happens again." He also indicated that questions about the report were not voiced by recruits during the 2016 cycle, though the fact that it broke on January 31--on a Friday, just days before National Signing Day--could certainly have something to do with that.
Source: FOX Sports
Feb 7 - 2:45 PM

When Big 12 athletic directors met in Irving, Texas, on Thursday, they made no progress on a potential championship game, conference expansion or a Big 12 network.

There appears to have been no progress on any front. This isn't a huge surprise, as conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby had previously indicated that it'll take some time to get the wheels rolling. There hasn't been substantive talk of expansion in some time, but a conference title game has already been approved by the NCAA and at least on that front, it's probably a matter of "when" rather than the matter of "if."
Feb 4 - 8:04 PM

An Outside the Lines report details several alleged incidents in which Baylor ignored claims of sexual assaults by football players.

To be clear, the NCAA is not currently investigating Baylor for these allegations. They're damning nonetheless. ESPN's report centers on Tevin Elliott and Sam Ukwuachu, both of whom were accused of sexual assaults when they played for the Bears (Elliott was with Baylor from 2009-2012 while Ukwuachu suited up from 2013-2015). OTL alleges that "school officials either failed to investigate, or adequately investigate, allegations of sexual violence. In many cases, officials did not provide support to those who reported assaults." Elliott was ultimately sentenced to 20 years in prison while Ukwuachu received 180 days in county jail and 10 years felony probation.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 31 - 4:14 PM

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said that the conference "do[es]n’t have any imperative for getting larger."

"We haven’t really spent any time thinking about who the candidates are [for expansion]," Bowlsby said, "if there are any candidates. But there has been media speculation about it. It doesn’t take any genius to look around and see where there may be prospects." The Big 12 commish was also asked whether the likes of Oklahoma and West Virginia might leave the conference at some point. He didn't dismiss it outright, saying "there are always those possibilities." In other Big 12 news, the NCAA approved the conference's request for a championship game earlier this month, but Bowlsby indicated that the earliest realistic date for such a game would be in 2017 and that he "honestly do[es]n’t know where [the] ADs and presidents are on it right now."
Jan 26 - 10:33 PM

Baylor and Ole Miss are discussing a potential neutral site game for the 2020 season.

The two squads likely would have been ticketed for a Sugar Bowl showdown this past season had it not been for Baylor's season-closing loss to Texas. Oklahoma State ultimately drew the assignment over the Bears (they were subsequently throttled by the Rebs). It's been reported that a potential neutral site contest would take place in either Houston or Dallas.
Jan 21 - 8:11 PM

The NCAA approved the Big 12's request to stage a championship game as a 10-team league.

Huge day for the conference, which knocked down the NCAA's puzzling rule that leagues were required to have at least 12 teams split into two divisions in order to stage a title game. Now, 10-team conferences can have a title game so long as they play a round-robin schedule beforehand. The Sun Belt may follow suit. Big 12 executives are scheduled to meet Feb. 4, so they figure to discuss the championship game option then.
Jan 13 - 7:45 PM

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby indicated that he does not want the conference to expand by two teams or play two divisions.

Said Bowlsby, "Theoretically, we could go to fewer games. We have a nine-game requirement in our contracts with Fox and ESPN, but theoretically, we could renegotiate those and go to an eight-game schedule [in conference] that might give us more flexibility [for round-robin play]." This is entering the news with renewed talk of a possible Big 12 conference championship game, which would help to alleviate the awkward situation that occurred in 2014, when Baylor and TCU tied atop the conference. The Big 12 commish went on to say, "We just need to see all the pieces of the puzzle and then thoughtfully go through what it is we want it to look like once we know the rules." Nothing's imminent here, but expect talk of expansion and such to continue throughout the offseason.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 11 - 11:24 PM

Big 12 schools are now required to schedule at least one non-conference game against a Power 5 team or Notre Dame.

The Big 12 also announced that members can play no more than one game against an FCS opponent each season. "Schedule strength is a key component in [College Football Playoff] selection committee deliberations," Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. "This move will strengthen the résumés for all Big 12 teams. Coupled with the nine-game full round-robin conference schedule our teams play, it will not only benefit the teams at the top of our standings each season, but will impact the overall strength of the conference." Kansas and Baylor are the only Big 12 teams without a Power 5 nonconference opponent scheduled in 2016. The rule changes won't affect previously scheduled games, so those slates won't necessarily be amended.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 03:31:00 PM

Prior to their contests against Kansas State and Oklahoma, Baylor had not been held to under 35 points in consecutive games since 2011.

Baylor was actually held under 35 points scored in three consecutive games back in 2011. Since then, it's just not something that's happened. That is, until the Bears' last two contests. On November 5, they beat Kansas State 31-24 and on Saturday, they fell to Oklahoma 44-34. These two games correspond with freshman Jarrett Stidham's first two starts of the season following a neck injury to Seth Russell. They'll try to surpass 35 against Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 08:28:00 PM