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Baylor and HC Art Briles have officially agreed to a termination of his contract.

The coach and university reached an undisclosed settlement last week. "Both parties acknowledge that there were serious shortcomings in the response to reports of sexual violence by some student-athletes," Baylor said in a statement, "including deficiencies in University processes and the delegation of disciplinary responsibilities with the football program." The board of regents moved to have Briles terminated at the end of May in response to a report from law firm Pepper Hamilton regarding the toxic, unsafe environment on campus. Former Wake Forest HC Jim Grobe was subsequently hired to serve in an interim capacity for the coming season. Briles has not spoken out about his future plans as of yet.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 25 - 12:17 PM

Baylor has granted the release of five 2016 signees from their letters of intent.

Each requested their release prior to May 31, and Baylor used their allotted time to review the information. The five include Parrish Cobb, Kameron Martin, Patrick Hudson, J.P. Urquidez and Donovan Duvernay, according to John Werner of the Waco Tribune. Baylor reportedly failed to notify the five players before releasing the information to the public. The other members of the class will join Baylor for the second session of summer classes. The release is a full one, not of the restricted variety.
Jun 24 - 9:16 AM

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

Baylor redshirt senior QB Seth Russell had Pro Football Focus' No. 10 quarterback grade prior to suffering a season-ending neck injury in Week 8 last year.

"If he can continue his joint passing and running production for a full season in 2016 he could find himself in the Heisman race," Jeff Dooley wrote. Russell was tremendous down the field, ranking No. 13 among returnees in adjusted completion percentage on 20-plus yard throws. Opponents only pressured Russell on 40 of his 212 dropbacks last season. They may do so more this year. Russell's passer rating dropped by 73 points against pressure, a weakness he must shore up if he hopes to have an NFL career.
Jun 18 - 12:45 PM

Baylor and former head coach Art Briles have reached a contract settlement, according to Jason King of Bleacher Report.

Details are "unclear" at the moment, however, Briles had eight years and $40 million left on his contract. The timing is noteworthy, as Briles issued a statement on Thursday saying he was wrongfully terminated and said the school is guilty of a "breach of contract." Briles lawyers basically accused Baylor of making the former head coach the fall guy. Jim Grobe has already signed on as the school's interim head coach for the 2016 season, and a few outspoken people connected with Baylor reportedly were working to possibly bring Briles back in the future.
Jun 17 - 10:38 AM

ESPN's Brandon Chatmon thinks Baylor redshirt senior QB Seth Russell "could force his way into early round consideration thanks to the run-pass threat he can provide."

To have a chance to do so, Russell will have to stay healthy, beat out Jarrett Stidham for the job and shepherd Baylor football through what promises to be the most trying season of college football since Penn State took the field after their own mega-scandal. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Russell says the fracture in his neck -- which ended his 2015 season in October -- has "healed perfectly," so we're off to a good start.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 7:20 PM

Former Baylor HC Art Briles is accusing the university of wrongful termination.

Contrary to what Baylor lawyers claimed last week, Briles does not want to settle a federal lawsuit that has been filed against himself and the university in regards to an alleged sexual assault committed by a football player. That much became clear in a motion filed on Thursday. Not only does he not want to settle, his legal team is requesting that the university turn over any and all files relating to the incidents that led to his termination. According to Briles' petition, he met with Baylor attorneys on April 7 and they then turned around and used what he told them to justify his firing. Suffice it to say, all of the talk from earlier in the week about a potential Briles return to Baylor in 2017 should be considered dead at this point.
Jun 16 - 1:30 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 1:01 PM

Baylor senior S Orion Stewart could be a draft riser this fall, postulates ESPN's Brandon Chatmon.

"With a good combination of size and speed, Stewart is an active defender for the Bears," Chatmon wrote. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety will have to step up his game with All-Big 12 cornerback Xavien Howard off to the NFL. Fortunately, he's one of the Big 12’s best safeties.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 15 - 4:25 PM

Horns Digest's Chip Brown reports that Baylor and former HC Art Briles are in settlement talks.

Brown further reports that a push by several big-money boosters to reinstate Briles in 2017 has failed. It will be interesting to see how the settlement shakes out. At the time of his removal at the end of May, he still had -- per Brown -- eight years, $40 million left on his contract. One source the reporter spoke to predicted that "[the settlement] will land in the middle, probably in the neighborhood of $20 million."
Jun 15 - 3:59 PM

Baylor spokesperson Tonya Lewis said that there has been no vote on the possible reinstatement of former HC Art Briles.

There is a push among a faction of boosters -- USA Today's Dan Wolken referred to them as a "small minority -- to merely suspend Briles for a year before reinstating him in 2017. To this point, that movement has not gained legitimate traction, at least not to the point where the Board of Regents is voting on it. Said Lewis, "As has been reported, the Baylor Board of Regents did meet last night to discuss a variety of matters. We can confirm, there was no vote regarding the employment status of Art Briles."
Jun 15 - 12:26 PM

Baylor senior C Kyle Fuller is the "centerpiece of the Bears' offensive line," according to ESPN's Brandon Chatmon, and "one of the Big 12’s top linemen."

Fuller is a rangy 6-foot-5, 310-pounder who is a two-time All-Big 12 honoree. The third-year starter has 26 career starts entering 2016 season, tied for most on this year's squad. Last season, Fuller was named second-team All-Big 12 by the Associated Press.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 4:23 PM

Baylor interim president David Garland acknowledged that there is support among several important donors to bring former HC Art Briles back in 2017.

"A lot of fans love what the coach did on the football field, and you can understand that. But other factors have to be taken into consideration," Garland said in an interview with WFAA-TV (Dallas). Horns Digest's Chip Brown initially reported on Monday morning that some boosters were in favor of issuing a one-year suspension to Briles, rather than an outright firing. A short while later, USA Today's Dan Wolken reported that those in favor of such a plan represented a "small minority," referring to a possible Briles return as unlikely. And an anonymous donor later said that the actual goal is not necessarily to incite Briles' return, but rather to at least allow him a chance to defend himself. And another donor, Bob Simpson, went on the record saying, "We don't know yet. We'd like to see [Briles come back]." Stay tuned.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 12:14 PM

An anonymous donor for Baylor said that high-level boosters are seeking more transparency from the Board of Regents.

According to a report from WFAA ABC's Mike Leslie, it is not true that boosters are lobbying for Briles' return, rather they are seeking "transparency from the Board of Regents and for the opportunity for Briles to defend himself." Widespread reports surfaced on Monday that some corners of Baylor are seeking a one-year Briles suspension, rather than an out-and-out firing. The anonymous donor indicated that there will be a meeting on Monday night to discuss the entire situation, but that no vote is expected at that time. The donor also said that any reports that some heavy boosters are going to pull their monetary contributions if Briles is not brought back on board are "a load of crap."
Source: WFAA
Jun 13 - 3:20 PM

USA Today's Dan Wolken reports that while a "small minority" of Baylor donors are pushing for the return of HC Art Briles in 2017, such a move is unlikely.

Earlier on Monday morning, Horns' Digest's Chip Brown wrote that there is a faction of the board of regents that would want Briles merely suspended for the coming season, rather than outright fired. Wolken's report backs the assertion that there are, indeed, some on the board who would favor a suspension over a firing. Per his little birdies, though, they are "few in number at this point and considered to be on the margins." We don't doubt that some at the university want Briles reinstated as head coach, but it's difficult to see it happening in actuality.
Source: USA Today
Jun 13 - 12:43 PM


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