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Team: Baylor Bears
Age / DOB:  (43) / 1/31/1975

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The NCAA served Baylor with a formal notice of allegations following its investigation, including a citation for lack of institutional control.
In addition, former Bears HC Art Briles was cited for failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance. Baylor had 90 days to respond from the moment they were served (which was last month, according to the report). Reports in August suggested that Baylor was advised to consider a one-year bowl ban as a self-imposed sanction, but Bears officials vehemently denied they considered a bowl ban. The Bears are 3-2 and will need to go a minimum of 3-4 down the stretch in Big 12 play to qualify. Oct 2 - 12:33 PM

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Baylor denied a Fort Worth Star-Telegram report which noted that the program was being advised by the firm representing them to self-impose a one-year bowl ban.

"It is irresponsible to report that Baylor is considering a football bowl ban for the 2018 season when in fact the NCAA investigation into the prior football staff and previous athletics administration remains active and ongoing," Baylor officials told ESPN in a statement. The Star-Telegram is reporting that the NCAA's investigation has taken a turn for the worse -- for the program -- following interviews with former HC Art Briles, former school president Ken Starr and former AD Ian McCaw. The investigation into the wide-ranging sexual assault scandal at the university is expected to be completed within the next 60 days.
Aug 8 - 5:08 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Mac Engel reports that the law firm representing Baylor in the wake of the program's sexual assault scandal is recommending the team self-impose a one-year bowl ban.

Per Engel, Baylor was hoping to skate by without serious NCAA penalty, but the governing body's investigation has taken a "left turn" and it's now looking like the Bears could be staring down the barrel of legitimate consequence. This about-face would appear to have come about after interviews with former HC Art Briles, former school president Ken Starr and former AD Ian McCaw shifted the investigation's perspective. The NCAA is expected to wrap on all of this within the next 60 days. We could potentially see them dole out punishment and sanctions under the umbrella of "lack of institutional control."
Aug 8 - 1:10 PM

Baylor has suspended two unidentified players due to sexual assault allegations levied against them by female members of the equestrian team.

"I really don't know too many of the details on this specific incident, but I do know things have been handled the right way," said Baylor HC Matt Rhule. The alleged incident occurred on Nov. 12 -- in the hours after the football team's loss to Texas Tech -- with the victims in question reporting the matter to the police on Nov. 17. Criminal charges have yet to be brought against the two unidentified players, though those could still be coming in the future.
Mar 14 - 12:36 PM

Local television station KWTX is reporting that two Baylor players have been interviewed in relation to an open sexual assault case.

Names have not been released in this matter due to privacy laws and Baylor has yet to issue a statement on the case. The alleged incident occurred on Nov. 11 and four students -- at least two football players -- have been interviewed by authorities, according to KWTX's report. Citing the criminal case report, the outlet notes that there are believed to be images and video of the suspected assault. No arrests have been made as of this time, but the case investigation remains an open one.
Feb 16 - 12:32 PM

According to reports, the Indianapolis Colts could reach back out to Baylor HC Matt Rhule about its head coaching vacancy.

On Tuesday, Josh McDaniels backed out of an agreement to become Indy's next head coach to return to the New England Patriots as Bill Belichick‘s offensive coordinator. Rhule interviewed with the Colts last month, but pulled his name from the search in order to remain with the Bears. It isn't surprising that the Colts would reach back out to him. The question is whether Rhule has had a change of heart about leaving for the NFL. To add to the drama, Rhule is currently presiding over Baylor's National Signing Day festivities. Stay tuned.
Feb 7 - 1:50 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Baylor HC Matt Rhule will not be accepting the head-coaching position with the Indianapolis Colts.

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg relayed earlier in the week that Rhule had interviewed with the Colts. Looks like he'll be sticking it out. The Bears went just 1-11 in Rhule's first run in Waco this past season, but they were not without their positive moments in what was very much a rebuilding year. They've quietly been building a nice recruiting class, currently ranking as the No. 30 team for the 2018 cycle on Rivals.
Jan 12 - 3:46 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports that Baylor HC Matt Rhule has interviewed for the open head-coaching position with the Indianapolis Colts.

Baylor went 1-11 this past season during what was very much a rebuilding year for the Bears in Rhule's first year at the helm of the ship. Rhule previously worked in the NFL as an offensive line coach with the Giants in 2012. During his head-coaching stints at Temple (2013-16) and Baylor, he holds a 29-34 record. That is obviously skewed somewhat by Baylor's rough most recent campaign. At Temple, he posted 10-win seasons in both 2015 and 2016.
Jan 10 - 7:39 PM

Baylor has proposed to release information on every incident of sexual assault which has occurred at the school since 2003.

"Baylor has made a proposal to the court regarding contested issues in pending litigation. The court has not yet ruled on this proposal. This information has yet to be compiled and is separate from the investigation conducted by Pepper Hamilton," the university said in a statement on Monday. This proposed release is related to a Title IV lawsuit by 10 former students who are alleging they were sexually assaulted while enrolled. That is just one of six Title IV lawsuits Baylor is currently wading its way through.
Mon, Jun 26, 2017 05:46:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Low tagged Baylor as having the fourth-softest non-conference schedule in 2017.

Washington, Colorado and Kansas took the top three spots. Then, Baylor. The Bears are somewhat notorious for routinely putting together non-conference schedules that underwhelm to the extreme. This year, at least, they do play a typically frisky Duke team on September 16. That one figures to be HC Matt Rhule's first test of any note at his new program. Baylor's first two games of the season against Liberty and UTSA, less testing. The Bears have not lost a non-conference game since 2010, which sounds about right given the way they schedule.
Sun, Feb 12, 2017 07:00:00 PM

The Big 12 Conference voted to withhold 25 percent of Baylor's future revenue pending a review of changes to the athletics program.

The vote was unanimous. The conference will return the money to Baylor "pending the outcome of third-party verification review of required changes to Baylor’s athletics procedures and to institutional governance of its intercollegiate athletics programs, among other matters." The penalty is in response to the sexual assault scandal that rocked the school last year, costing the head football coach, athletic director and president their jobs.
Source: Big 12
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 03:44:00 PM

A lawsuit being levied against Baylor is alleging that 52 rapes were committed by football players over a four-year period.

A Baylor graduate is levying the lawsuit against her former school. Her allegations are troubling to the utmost. She claims that she was raped by a pair of football players in 2013, but even beyond her personal case, she is alleging that 31 football players committed 52 rapes from 2011-2015, including five gang rapes. That's not all. According to the lawsuit, former Baylor OC Kendal Briles (currently at FAU) told one student-athlete in the Dallas area, "Do you like white women? Because we have a lot of them at Baylor and they love football players." Pepper Hamilton's investigation into the Bears' sexual assault scandal last spring offered noticeably lower numbers than this suit. Baylor has not yet offered comment. This is a developing story.
Fri, Jan 27, 2017 05:49:00 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Baylor HC Matt Rhule's contract will run seven years.

There is no guarantee that Rhule lives out all seven years of that contract -- coaching is a dangerous business -- but it is set to run through the 2023 season. His Temple teams have posted a combined record of 20-7 over the last two seasons. He will have his work cut out for him in the short term: With National Signing Day less than two months away, Baylor has all of one 2017 commitment under their belt. It isn't out of the question that he could try to lure some of his previous Temple commitments over to the Bears' side of the ledger.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 05:57:00 PM

Baylor hired Temple HC Matt Rhule to replace interim HC Jim Grobe.

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman broke the news Tuesday morning. Rhule's hiring is official, now, complete with statements from the relevant parties. Said AD Mack Rhoades, "When we set out on our search for a new leader of our football program, we wanted a coach who shared our values, who had demonstrated success, who showed a true commitment to the overall student-athlete and who we believed could lead Baylor to a national championship." For his part, Rhule said that he was "truly honored and humbled" to be accepting the job. In his four seasons at Temple, Rhule led his boys to a 28-23 record. He has done fantastic work over the past two seasons, both of the 10-win variety. Perhaps the most problematic aspect of Rhule's hiring is that he does not have any true recruiting presence in the state of Texas. The proper assistant hirings would help him in that arena.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 12:36:00 PM

Temple head coach Matt Rhule is taking the same position at Baylor, according to Bruce Feldman.

We wondered where the Rhule buzz went from a year ago, and now we know. Baylor has been connected with many names over the last month, but not once did we see Rhule's name pop up. Rhule, a former Penn State linebacker, has only one head coaching job under his belt (Temple) from 2013 until now. He has not coached any lower than North Carolina and especially not in Texas, so Rhule's recruiting might get interesting with pipelines already in place. Hiring some assistants close to Texas or with ties to the state is likely part of the plan.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 11:38:00 AM