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Baylor hired Temple OC Glenn Thomas to serve as QB coach.

And with that, HC Matt Rhule's first staff at Baylor is now a finished product. He is plenty familiar with Thomas, who acted as QB coach under Rhule at Temple in 2015 before earning a promotion to offensive coordinator prior to the 2016 season. Thomas worked as QB coach with the Atlanta Falcons on a three-year stint prior to joining Rhule and the Owls. In a statement, Rhule said, "This staff is full of experienced, talented coaches who will develop our young men to be the best that they can be in the classroom, on the football field and in the community."
Feb 16 - 5:58 PM

Baylor RB Shock Linwood was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Linwood was an underappreciated college back over the past few seasons. He left Baylor as the school's career record holder for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. Unfortunately, Linwood wasn't able to build on monster sophomore (1,252 yards) and junior (1,329 yards) seasons in 2016, as he was suspended by interim coach Jim Grobe and phased out of the Bears' offense at various times. Linwood skipped Baylor's bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft, a questionable decision considering the year he was coming off.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 16 - 2:54 PM

Baylor senior QB Anu Solomon said he was drawn to the school because of the success of former QBs Robert Griffin III, Bryce Petty and Seth Russell.

In leaving Arizona as a grad transfer, Solomon ended up choosing Baylor over Group of 5 schools UNLV, Hawaii, Fresno State and Nevada as well as the ACC's North Carolina. Solomon left the Wildcats holding school records for most passing yards in a game and the longest streak of throws without an interception. He's been injury prone throughout his career, but has plenty of talent. Solomon will battle Zach Smith for the Bears' starting gig.
Source: ESPN
Feb 13 - 6:47 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 7:00 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
Feb 8 - 3:44 PM

Baylor fired newly hired assistant strength coach Brandon Washington following an arrest on a prostitution solicitation charge.

Baylor terminated Washington's employment the same day he was arrested. The school said Washington passed a criminal background check before being hired from Temple, where new Baylor HC Matt Rhule coached for the past three years. "When we arrived at Baylor, we made a commitment to character and integrity in our program," Rhule said in a statement. "Brandon's actions are completely unacceptable. We will not tolerate conduct that is contradictory to these values."
Source: ESPN
Feb 7 - 12:54 PM

Baylor WR Ishmael Zamora was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Zamora and Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon were both omitted from the invite list due to a rule instituted in 2016 that barred Combine participation for players whose background checks revealed misdemeanor or felony convictions involving violence, use of a weapon, domestic violence, sexual offense and sexual assault. Zamora, a mid-round prospect if he had no baggage, may be facing an uphill climb to get drafted. He was seen beating a dog with a belt in a tape that surfaced over the summer. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder logged a 63-809-8 receiving line last season at Baylor.
Feb 3 - 2:31 PM

According to emails and text messages released by three university regents, former Baylor HC Art Briles and his assistants actively intervened in the discipline of football players.

The documents filed in a Dallas County court were a response to a libel lawsuit brought forth by former football director of operations Colin Shillinglaw against the school and members of its senior leadership. The school's regents are alleging that Briles and his staff created a disciplinary "black hole" into "which reports of misconduct such as drug use, physical assault, domestic violence, brandishing of guns, indecent exposure and academic fraud disappeared." Last week, a woman filed a Title IX lawsuit against the school alleging 52 sexual assaults committed by "not less" than 31 players from 2011-2014. Briles dropped his defamation suit against three regents and Baylor vice president Reagan Ramsower on Wednesday. More details from this sordid story, including examples of texts Briles allegedly sent, are at the link below.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 3 - 1:59 PM

Baylor signed three-star 2017 WR Gavin Holmes.

Holmes had been committed to Iowa from July through mid-November. He then reopened his recruitment. He took official visits to Nebraska, Arizona State and Baylor, with the latter two officials coming in January. The 5-foot-11, 178-pounder has been clocked at a 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash and Scout.com's Gabe Brooks writes that he "combines great top-end speed with foot quickness and lateral mobility." Holmes went off for an 83-1549-15 receiving line as a senior at Northwest High School (Texas).
Source: Scout.com
Feb 2 - 6:22 PM

Baylor signed four-star 2017 CB Harrison Hand.

Hand of fate. Hand me down. Hands across Waco. Handy dandy. Hands down a winner. I wanna hold your Hand. Just any number of puns you can expect to see on Rotoworld over the coming years with this baby Bear. The 5-foot-11, 183-pounder calls Cherry Hill, New Jersey, home and ranks as Rivals' No. 25 cornerback prospect in the current cycle. He earned a bump from three- to four-star status on Scout.com thanks in part to strong work on the summer camp circuit. Scout's Brian Dohn loves the physicality that Hand shows, but would like to see him smooth out the footwork on his backpedal, as he sometimes has a tendency to get slowed in transition once the ball is in the air. Hand does offer the requisite speed to stick with faster receivers in the Big 12, at least.
Feb 1 - 7:49 PM

Baylor signed three-star DE Justin Harris.

Harris hails from Gonzales, Louisiana, but spurned HC Ed Orgeron in favor of Matt Rhule and the rebuilding Baylor Bears. ESPN 300 notes that the 6-foot-6, 250-pounder is "raw in both the run and pass," but also "makes plays and shows athletic ability." Unless he is able to acclimate quickly to the collegiate game, a redshirt could be in his future.
Feb 1 - 1:41 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.
Jan 27 - 5:49 PM

Baylor QB Seth Russell (ankle) will take part in a workout and interviews during the Senior Bowl practice week.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reported on Russell's expected participation earlier this month. Nothing has changed in the interim. While the gunslinger will be available for interviews and the like, he won't be an active game participant on Saturday due to a dislocated ankle suffered in November. The NFL Scouting Combine in early March should shed much light on just how far along Russell is in his recovery from ankle surgery.
Jan 24 - 12:43 PM

Garden City Community College redshirt junior DL Jeremy Faulk declared for the NFL Draft.

Faulk was the 2015 NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year. After that season, he committed to Baylor. Faulk was kicked out of that program because of an allegation of sexual assault. He returned to the JUCO level and was a first-team All-KJCCC selection in 2016. Faulk will need to answer questions both about his off-field behavior and also his on-field competition level.
Source: GC Telegram
Jan 20 - 2:52 PM

Baylor received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 G Eleasah Anderson.

Anderson is fresh off an official visit to Baylor this past weekend, one which swayed him over to HC Matt Rhule's cause. Scout.com's Gabe Brooks refers to the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder as a "late-cycle riser" due to his fine work as a senior at Taylor High School (Texas) in 2016. "Anderson thrives in the run game and has the length to develop well in pass protection," Brooks writes. "He can improve his body control, which will in turn also improve his lateral mobility and pass-blocking." At this stage in his development, Anderson is unlikely to be an immediate contributor along the offensive line.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 17 - 5:15 PM


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