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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.
Source: kwtx.com
Feb 16 - 12:32 PM

SicEm365's Colt Barber reports that Baylor will hire former Rice DL coach Frank Okam to serve in the same capacity.

Okam coached up the defensive line at Rice for the past two seasons, but was not retained after the Owls parted ways with HC David Bailiff at the end of the 2017 campaign. He was a three-time All-Big 12 selection during his college career with Texas (2004-07).
Source: SicEm365
Feb 15 - 4:59 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

Four-star 2018 JUCO G Johncarlo Valentin committed to Baylor earlier this month.

Valentin (6'5/335) originally signed with Oklahoma in 2016 as a three-star prospect. Enormous and possessing powerful hands to deliver a jolt at contact, Valentin has shown well as both a run blocker and in pass pro. ESPN ranks him as the No. 20 overall JUCO product, and the No. 1 guard. "Can still continue to refine technique, but OL prospect with still two years to play and demonstrates ability to come in and quickly compete and at least offer quality depth initially," the outlet noted.
Source: ESPN
Jan 31 - 8:57 PM

Baylor redshirt sophomore Jared Atkinson will take a semester off and not participate in spring practice.

Atkinson tweets that he will be taking the semester off to spend time with his family. His mother, Mo Atkinson, is currently battling breast cancer. A four-star signing in 2016, the 6-foot-3, 199-pound wideout had five catches for 73 yards for the Bears in 2017. He's expected to be back for fall practices.
Jan 28 - 6:27 PM

Baylor has hired Frisman Jackson to be the new WR coach.

Jackson spent last year as the wide receiver coach of the Tennessee Titans. Before that, he spent two years with Baylor HC Matt Rhule coaching the wideouts at Temple. He also has had stops at NC State, Northern Illinois and Akron at the FBS level.
Jan 19 - 11:16 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

Baylor promoted director of player personnel Evan Cooper to assistant coach.

Just what role Cooper will have now that he's been moved to the on-field staff is not yet known. He had been working as director of player personnel in Waco for the past season, having followed Bears HC Matt Rhule over after spending two years in the same capacity at Temple.
Source: Diehards
Jan 11 - 6:39 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 10 - 7:39 PM

Baylor signed four-star DB Byron Hanspard.

Hanspard had previously been committed to Arkansas, but switched his verbal to Baylor early in December, and now has signed on to play for the Bears. The 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback needs to add strength, but gets quality reviews for his fluidity and quickness. Baylor was a mess in 2017 on the defensive side -- and offensive side, to be blunt -- so adding talents like Hanspard was necessary if they're going to compete in the Big-12.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 08:39:00 PM

Baylor received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 QB Gerry Bohanon.

The Bears won out over Arkansas, Memphis and Indiana. Bohanon (6'3/212) will be signing with the program on Wednesday. The dual-threat gunslinger is raw as a passer, but has shown a nice amount of touch when he's put the ball in the air. On the 247Sports composite, Bohanon lands at No. 229 overall. Baylor is very quietly putting together a potential top-20 class for the 2018 cycle.
Source: 247Sports
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 04:54:00 PM

Four-star 2018 WR Tyquan Thornton decommitted from Florida and has verbally committed to Baylor.

It's the second four-star player to decommit from Florida this week, as quarterback Matt Corral also flipped his commitment to Ole Miss. Thornton ranks 57th on the Scout.com wide receiver list, and ranked just outside of the top 300 at 307. With Baylor coming off a 1-11 season, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound wideout is a candidate for immediate playing time.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 10:33:00 PM

Baylor redshirt junior RB Terence Williams will graduate and then transfer from the school.

Williams will graduate in May, and then look to play elsewhere. He was a thousand-yard back for the Bears in 2016, but lost playing time in a transition year for the 1-11 club. He should find interest from clubs looking for a tailback in 2018.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 09:40:00 PM

Baylor redshirt junior RB Terence Williams will graduate and then transfer from the school.

Williams will graduate in May, and then look to play elsewhere. He was a thousand-yard back for the Bears in 2016, but lost playing time in a transition year for the 1-11 club. He should find interest from clubs looking for a tailback in 2018.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 09:40:00 PM

The Big 12 suspended Baylor freshman DE D.J. Artis for the team's conference-opener against Kansas in 2018.

Artis (6'2/220) will sit out the entirety of the conference opener next season as punishment for his role in a brawl during the second half of Saturday's loss to TCU. Bears RB JaMycal Hasty has also been suspended for that Kansas contest, though he will only be forced to sit out the first half of the game. Artis, a three-star recruit for the 2017 cycle, finished his first collegiate season having logged one tackle.
Sun, Nov 26, 2017 04:01:00 PM


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