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Baylor redshirt senior QB Seth Russell was compared to former West Virginia QB Geno Smith by Bleacher Report's Jason Ferguson.

The pair share almost identical dimensions. Like Smith, Russell has posted astronomical collegiate stats. Also like Smith, he may have an issue translating that success to the next level. Barring a senior campaign that forces evaluators to reconsider, Russell won't match Smith's early second-round slot (2013).
Jul 22 - 6:23 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."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 2:31 PM

Baylor redshirt senior QB Seth Russell said, "We're trying to build the way people view Baylor back up."

"It's an honor to play for Baylor. With all the Baylor nation around," Russell said at Big 12 Media Days, "it's cool to see the support system and see how everyone has stuck together and not turned their back on us." Russell was on a mission with a handful of other Baylor student-athletes at the time HC Art Briles was fired at the end of May. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder said that he reached out to Briles immediately, with his now-former coach telling him to "stay the course." That is what Russell is trying do. He explained that "[w]e can't wonder why this or why that. That throws us off from doing what we came here to do: win football games, win the Big 12, contend for a national championship."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 12:24 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 1:49 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."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 1:50 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."
Jul 16 - 2:31 PM

Former Baylor HC Art Briles said that he expects to coach in 2017.

Briles spoke briefly with a reporter from KCEN-TV in Waco after grabbing lunch with a few of his former players and coaches (plus family). "Yeah," he said, "I'm gonna coach again," adding that he planned on doing so in 2017. Beyond that piece of vagueness, little is known about Briles' future plans. He could try his hand at a coordinating position in the NFL, seek a return to the college ranks or even take a stab at high school ball. Outside of his off-the-cuff remarks this week and a statement released at the beginning of June, he has yet to address the media.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 14 - 12:33 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Baylor redshirt senior QB Seth Russell as the No. 67 player in college football.

Prior to his season-ending injury in October, Russell posted 2,104 yards with a 29/6 TD/INT ratio over just seven games. He added 343 yards on designed runs, earning a +9.9 PFF rushing grade. "The Baylor offense is certainly conducive to monster passing numbers from the quarterback, but Russell executed the system well," Steve Palazzolo wrote. "When Art Briles was the head coach, Baylor was all about finding one-on-one matchups down the field and giving his speedy receivers a chance to make plays and Russell had the nation’s seventh-best grade on passes thrown at least 30 yards in the air."
Jul 13 - 7:01 PM

Baylor junior WR K.D. Cannon underwent successful arthroscopic right knee surgery on Tuesday and will be ready for the start of August practices.

This from Heath Nielsen, Baylor associate athletic director for communications. "Surgery went well," Cannon tweeted Tuesday afternoon. Across his first two seasons on campus, Cannon has accrued 108 catches for 1,898 yards and earned all-Big 12 recognition both years. With Corey Coleman in the NFL and a series of would-be Bears scattered across the nation following a scandal-precipitated exodus, Cannon should be among the nation's leaders in targets so long as he stays healthy.
Jul 12 - 8:04 PM

Baylor junior WR K.D. Cannon is undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.

No timetable for Cannon's return, but a Baylor spokesman referred to the procedure as "minor." Given that the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder is the team's lead returning receiver, any recovery that stretches into September would prove problematic. The scorched-earth nature of Baylor's offseason is remarkable in its breadth. Just before the start of the Memorial Day weekend, the Bears moved to terminate HC Art Briles and AD Ian McCaw over troubling accusations regarding the handling of sexual assault cases. School president Ken Starr also stepped down, though he remains part of the law school. Following that upheaval, Baylor lost (essentially) the entirety of their 2016 recruiting class. 12 players from that class are moving on, dropping Baylor down to 70 scholarship players -- on an 85-man limit. Stud sophomore QB Jarrett Stidham compounded matters by deciding to transfer last week. And now Cannon's injury. Deep breaths, Bear fans, deep breaths.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 1:24 PM

David Ubben of Sports on Earth reports that former Baylor sophomore QB Jarrett Stidham is considering enrolling at McLennan Community College in Waco.

Of all the losses Baylor has suffered since its scandal, Stidham is the biggest. A consensus top-50 recruit out of high school -- one of Baylor's highest-rated signees ever -- and a true freshman sensation in 2015, Stidham's potential 2016 MCC plan involves, per Ubben, "working out during the season." Stidham -- 1,265 yards and a 12/2 TD/INT ratio as a true freshman last year -- is eligible to rejoin an FBS roster in 2017, regardless of where he surfaces this fall.
Jul 9 - 12:45 PM

Three-star 2017 S Jalen Pitre reaffirmed his commitment to Baylor.

This is the second time of the last month-plus that Pitre has emphatically stood by Baylor following its sexual assault scandal. Perhaps the biggest reason he remains committed to Baylor is the school's previous loyalty to him. The Bears did not pull its scholarship offer to Pitre after he tore his ACL in October. "I haven’t talked to Coach (Grobe), but I’ve talked to Coach [Cris] Dishman recently," he said. "He just told me to keep working, keep getting my knee stronger and he wants me to make the best decision for my family. I’m trying to head up to one of their practices and want to build up a good relationship with Coach Grobe." Pitre described being the only 2017 Baylor commit as "lonely at times."
Source: ESPN
Jul 9 - 10:32 AM

Baylor interim HC Jim Grobe indicated that freshman four-star QB Zach Smith will back up Seth Russell following sophomore QB Jarrett Stidham's transfer.

Smith, from Grandview, enrolled this spring and went through drills. Though not as proven as Stidham, Smith has a similar pedigree and is arguably a better fit for Baylor's offense (assuming it stays the same). While Stidham is a pocket-passer, Smith is an athletic dual-threat with a strong arm. Baylor's staff has work to do, though, as Smith must "become more than a fastball thrower and develop some nuance as a passer," as ESPN put it over the winter. With Russell returning from a broken neck, Smith must be as ready to take the field as Stidham was last fall.
Jul 7 - 7:40 PM

Baylor interim HC Jim Grobe said sophomore QB Jarrett Stidham transferred after deciding he didn't want to back up Seth Russell.

"[He] plans to enroll at a junior college and then find another school to play for," Grobe said. "He didn’t want to back up Seth Russell. When you have two good quarterbacks, it’s just hard sometimes for those guys to live together." Personally, we'd have opted for three years of Stidham's eligibility over one year of Russell's, though Stidham's decision may have been more complicated than that. Grobe and company may have been prioritizing the retention of hot-shot freshman QB Zach Smith along with Russell, the latter of whom could have bolted as a grad transfer. McLennan Community College in Waco has been floated as a landing spot for Stidham. If the super soph goes the JUCO route, he immediately becomes one of the sport's premier 2017 transfer free agents. Stidham boasts an NFL frame and game. He completed 68.8 percent of his passes for 1,265 yards and a 12/2 TD/INT ratio as a true freshman last year.
Jul 7 - 6:14 PM

Baylor sophomore QB Jarrett Stidham will transfer.

A devastating loss for the Bears following a series of them, Stidham is a pocket-passing future NFL quarterback who tore up collegiate defenses in 10 games last season as a true freshman. Upon Seth Russell's season-ending injury, Stidham threw for 1,265 yards with a 12/2 TD/INT ratio before going down with his own season-ending injury. Stidham reaffirmed his commitment to the Bears in late May, but has had a change of heart in the interim. Stay tuned for word on his future plans.
Jul 7 - 5:53 PM


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