Baylor Rumors & News

  • Big 12 Board Action Announced Against Baylor

    Big 12 Conference "The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors voted unanimously to withhold one-quarter (25 percent) of future revenue distribution payments to Baylor University, pending the outcome of third-party verification review of required changes to Baylor’s athletics procedures and to institutional governance..." February 08

  • Baylor assistant strength coach Brandon Washington fired after solicitation charge

    ESPN "Baylor has fired newly hired assistant strength coach Brandon Washington after he was arrested in a Waco prostitution sting. McLennan County (Texas) Sheriff Parnell McNamara says deputies arrested the 33-year-old coach at a Waco-area hotel on a prostitution solicitation charge, a Class B..." February 07

  • Baylor Football Scandal: Art Briles' Alleged Text Messages Exposed

    TMZ "Newly uncovered text messages allegedly sent by ex-Baylor coach Art Briles show how poorly he handled situations where his football players were involved with drugs, guns and even an incident where a player exposed himself to a woman at a spa. The texts are part of a lawsuit involving..." February 03

  • Art Briles drops Baylor lawsuit, citing legal fatigue: 'A man can only carry so much'

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Art Briles has decided not to follow through with his lawsuit against his old employer, Baylor. The former Bears coach has grown tired of the legal process, according to Ernest Cannon, Briles’s attorney, and no longer wishes to move forward with charges against the school. “I’m sorry we..." February 02

  • Lawsuit alleges 52 rapes by Baylor players during 4-year span

    SI "A new lawsuit filed by a victim against Baylor University alleges 52 rapes by 31 different football players over a four year period, the Dallas Morning News reports. A women identified as Elizabeth Doe reported being gang raped by former Baylor players Tre’Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman in..." January 28

  • Baylor's Zamora declares for NFL draft

    Waco Trib "Baylor sophomore receiver Ishmael Zamora indicated that he plans to declare for the NFL draft on his Twitter account late Saturday night. EXOS announced that it is accepting Zamora into its NFL Combine training program and Zamora followed with a tweet: “I made this decision for a lot of..." January 16

  • Longtime college coordinator Phil Bennett to take over Arizona State defense

    Scout "Arizona State head coach Todd Graham has agreed to turn over the program's defensive coordinating and play calling duties to longtime college coach Phil Bennett according to multiple sources. After meeting with coaches in Nashville earlier in the week at the American Football Coaches..." January 11

  • Anu Solomon transferring to Baylor, sources say

    247 Sports "Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon is expected to join Baylor as a graduate transfer for the 2017 season, sources told 247Sports' Tom Loy and Steve Wiltfong. Solomon was in and out of the Wildcats' lineup in 2016 after suffering a knee injury in practice following a season-opening loss to BYU and..." January 10

  • 4-star WR R.J. Sneed flips commitment from Ole Miss to Baylor

    SEC Country "Ole Miss already had one of smallest recruiting classes in the SEC with just 15 commits. And now it is tied with Vanderbilt for the fewest commits in the SEC with just 14. On Saturday night, 3-star wide receiver RJ Sneed announced that he would be decommitting from the Rebels and committing to..." January 08

  • Ex-Oregon OC Matt Lubick won’t join Ole Miss after all, will become Baylor OC instead

    Fox Sports "Matt Lubick’s stay at Ole Miss will be brief. The former Oregon offensive coordinator, who had accepted the job as the Rebels’ wide receivers coach two weeks ago, is leaving to become the OC at Baylor, a source told FOX Sports Monday morning. Lubick will be receiving a two-year deal to join..." January 02

  • Baylor blitzes Boise State in Cactus Bowl

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Baylor found a go-to combination to take into next season while finishing a frustrating 2016 season on a dominating note. True freshman quarterback Zach Smith passed for 375 yards and three touchdowns, and junior wide receiver KD Cannon had 14 receptions for 226 and two TDs in the..." December 28

  • Baylor’s Shock Linwood becomes third RB to skip bowl game

    Pro Football Talk "If one time is an incident, two time is coincidence and three times is a trend, then we officially have a trend of college running backs sitting out their bowl games to stay healthy for the NFL draft. Baylor running back Shock Linwood will skip the Cactus Bowl to focus on a possible NFL career,..." December 20

  • Fired Baylor assistant AD sues investigating law firm for defamation

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Lawsuits filed by former Baylor officials are piling up in the wake of fallout from an investigation into the university's handling of domestic and sexual assault complaints, including those involving football players. Tom Hill, a former assistant athletic director who was fired amid the..." December 14

  • Art Briles suing Baylor regents, vice president for libel and conspiracy

    CBS Sports "Former Baylor coach Art Briles is suing three member of the school's board of regents and Baylor vice president Reagan Ramsower for libel and conspiracy. According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit accuses regents chairman Ronald Murff, board members J. Cary Gray and David Harper, and..." December 08

  • Former Baylor star QB Jarrett Stidham spent the fall running a HS scout team

    USA Today "In the football ecosystem, there are few relationships more adversarial than that of quarterback and defensive back. Jarrett Stidham feels this. He’s felt it since he was 5 or 6 years old — a decade and a half of fall seasons playing quarterback for a football team, save for two years: His..." December 08

  • Temple football coach Matt Rhule going to Baylor "Fox Sports and the CBS affiliate in Waco, Texas report that Temple football coach Matt Rhule is leaving North Broad Street to take over at Baylor. Rhule would replace Art Briles, who was fired by the Bears amid a sexual assault scandal that engulfed the football program and the university as a..." December 06

  • No. 16 West Virginia edges Baylor to reach 10 wins

    The Sports Xchange "MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Justin Crawford ran for 209 yards, Skyler Howard accounted for three touchdowns and No. 16 West Virginia overcame a slow start to hold off Baylor 24-21 in a Big 12 game Saturday. Gary Jennings took a slant pass 58 yards and Daikiel Shorts made an acrobatic, toe-tapping..." December 03

  • Report: Baylor targets Cal coach Sonny Dykes for vacancy

    San Jose Mercury News "Baylor has identified Cal’s Sonny Dykes as a top target in its coaching search, according to an report Tuesday. The report, which comes courtesy of respected college football writer Mark Schlabach, says Baylor has turned its attention to Dykes after being rebuffed by SMU’s Chad..." November 30

  • Did former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham hint at where he'll play next year

    Fox Sports - College Football "College football's National Signing Day is still months away, but arguably the most important recruit available may have tipped his hand as to where he'll play college football next season. That player is Jarrett Stidham, the former five-star, can't miss quarterback who played at Baylor during..." November 29

  • Baylor targeting Sonny Dykes, Larry Fedora and Mike MacIntyre

    Sportsnaut "According to, reports are surfacing that talks between Baylor and SMU head coach Chad Morris to become the next Baylor football head coach have broken down. Enter Cal’s Sonny Dykes. While the 247 report indicates that Baylor has targeted North Carolina’s Larry Fedora and Colorado’s..." November 29

  • Texas Tech blows by Baylor

    The Sports Xchange "Patrick Mahomes threw for 586 yards and six touchdowns, all of those scores in the first half, as Texas Tech rolled past swooning Baylor 54-35 on Friday in Big 12 play at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Mahomes passed for 412 yards in the first half alone as Texas Tech led 42-21 at..." November 25

  • Baylor Reaches Financial Settlement with 2 Rape Victims: Details, Reaction

    Bleacher Report "Baylor University announced it reached an undisclosed financial agreement with two women who were allegedly gang raped by football players in 2012. Mark Schlabach of received a statement on the settlement from attorneys. " November 22

  • Baylor Is Going After SMU's Chad Morris, Everyone Should Be Afraid

    The Big Lead "Baylor is going hard after Chad Morris to become its next head football coach, according to Football Scoop. Morris is currently in his second season at SMU, where he has the Mustangs with a 5-6 record this season. He was previously the offensive coordinator at Clemson from 2011 through..." November 22

  • Baylor's Heath Nielsen arrested, accused of assaulting reporter

    ESPN "Baylor associate athletic director Heath Nielsen was arrested and charged with assaulting a reporter on the field following the Bears' 62-22 loss to TCU at home on Nov. 5. According to KWTX-TV of Waco, Texas, Nielsen was arrested three days later and charged with misdemeanor assault with bodily..." November 22

  • Kansas State dominates Baylor in second half

    The Sports Xchange "Kansas State dominated the second half to claim a 42-21 victory over Baylor on Saturday at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas The Wildcats (6-4, 4-3 Big 12) trailed by a touchdown at halftime before running back Alex Barnes ran for three touchdowns in the third quarter to put Kansas State in..." November 19

  • Baylor narrowing its coaching search to a few big names

    CBS Sports "We don't know who will be Baylor's coach at the start of the 2017 season, but it's becoming increasingly clear that it will not be Jim Grobe. Earlier this week, CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reported that former LSU coach Les Miles is on Baylor's short list to replace Art Briles, and now 247 Sports'..." November 18

  • A candidate on Baylor's short list, Les Miles is focused on a Power Five job

    CBS Sports "Les Miles is officially a candidate at Baylor. While the name of the former LSU coach has been attached to the opening in the past, multiple sources have indicated to CBS Sports that Miles is indeed in the mix. Miles himself told CBS Sports he is willing to listen about any Power Five..." November 16

  • Baylor QB Seth Russell's season over after suffering ankle fracture vs. Oklahoma

    CBS Sports "It shouldn't come as a surprise, but Baylor's worst fears about quarterback Seth Russell's injury have been confirmed. On Sunday, the Bears released a statement that Russell would miss the rest of the season with a fractured left ankle. "Seth worked so hard to come back from the neck injury,..." November 13

  • Oklahoma beats down Baylor, 45-24

    The Sports Xchange "NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma's offense led the way through much of a six-game winning streak to begin Big 12 play. On Saturday against Baylor, it was the defense's turn to come through with some big plays for the No. 11 Sooners. Oklahoma forced three turnovers, its most of the season, and..." November 12

  • Baylor QB Seth Russell exits game vs. Oklahoma after gruesome leg injury

    CBS Sports "A piece of heartfelt advice. As you're making your way around the internet, if you come across video of the injury Baylor quarterback Seth Russell suffered on Saturday against Oklahoma -- don't watch it. Take it from me, as I've seen it. As Russell was on the move and trying to evade..." November 12

  • Baylor issues statement on Kendal Briles investigation

    ESPN "Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles met with NCAA officials in Indianapolis on Wednesday regarding potential recruiting violations, sources said. The NCAA says Briles had improper contact with a recruit. Baylor officials are attempting to get the level of infractions reduced, a source..." November 11

  • NCAA won’t hit Baylor with Penn State-like sanctions

    College Football Talk "For those looking for The Association to go all Penn State on Baylor, you can apparently forget about it. The NCAA, the Wall Street Journal writes, “has notified Baylor that it won’t exert its executive authority to impose sweeping sanctions against the school for broad institutional failings.”..." November 08

  • Baylor RB Shock Linwood shoved an assistant coach on sidelines during TCU loss, suspended one game

    Sports Day "A lot of Baylor fans were wondering where senior running back Shock Linwood was for much of the loss to TCU on Saturday. As Baylor's all-time leading rusher, his absence through much of the game was pretty conspicuous. According to a report from ESPN Central Texas AM-1660, Linwood shoved wide..." November 07

  • Hicks runs wild, TCU trounces No. 17 Baylor

    The Sports Xchange "WACO, Texas -- Thanks to a weak non-conference schedule and some gutsy wins over conference opponents, No. 17 Baylor had mostly managed to avoid letting its off-field problems turn into on-the-field problems for the first part of the season. Saturday, all that changed. Kyle Hicks..." November 05

  • Read the first response to the Baylor scandal from Art Briles' assistant coaches

    CBS Sports "The Baylor sexual assault scandal -- that resulted in the firing of Art Briles and the dismissals of athletic director Ian McCaw and school president Ken Starr -- has been back in the headlines this week. Members of the school's Board of Regents and other school officials have responded to..." November 05

  • Former Baylor Title IX coordinator: Ian McCaw sought immunity for football players

    ESPN "Former Baylor Title IX coordinator Patty Crawford told Outside the Lines on Wednesday that former Bears athletic director Ian McCaw asked her for immunity for the school's football players when she started investigating allegations of sexual assault at the school. Crawford, who was hired as..." November 02

  • New Report Details How Baylor Suppressed Reports Of Sexual Assault

    Deadspin "A report tonight from Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports revealed a series of new details about Baylor’s failures to handle reports of sexual assault, especially (although not exclusively) those involving football players. The package, reported by Armen Keteyian, details how Waco police kept details of..." November 02

  • Texas jolts No. 8 Baylor on Domingue FG

    The Sports Xchange "By Steve Habel, The Sports Xchange AUSTIN, Texas -- You could almost hear the wind whipping across the field inside Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium early Saturday evening as Texas kicker Trent Domingue began his pre-kick routine for what would end up being a game-winning 39-yard field..." October 30

  • Baylor regents detail Briles' response to sexual assault scandal

    CBS Sports "More details have emerged in the Baylor sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of football coach Art Briles and others. Members of Baylor's board of regents spoke to the Wall Street Journal, detailing the football program's involvement in the scandal as well as the decision-making process..." October 29

  • No. 11 Baylor overwhlems Kansas, 49-7

    The Sports Xchange "WACO, Texas -- It's still uncertain whether Baylor is a legit contender for this season's College Football Playoff. But the 11th-ranked Bears left no doubt about their superiority over Kansas by pounding the Jayhawks, 49-7, on Saturday at McLane Stadium. Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12)..." October 15

  • Art Briles serving as guest coach for Cleveland Browns

    Larry Brown Sports "Art Briles has what appears to be his first coaching gig since parting ways with Baylor. Briles is serving as a guest coach for the Cleveland Browns, according to’s Mary Kay Cabot. The former Baylor coach was on the Browns’ practice field Wednesday and helping to coach the team’s..." October 12

  • Baylor's Jim Grobe disputes player's dismissal from program

    ESPN "Baylor acting head coach Jim Grobe has disputed the university's account of how Jeremy Faulk was kicked off the football team in June, saying the defensive lineman had been suspended by the team but not dismissed after he was accused of sexual assault. Faulk, a junior college transfer who..." October 11

  • Russell, Baylor storm back to shock Iowa State

    The Sports Xchange "In Ames, Iowa, the Baylor Bears are no strangers to a shootout and they showed it in the fourth quarter against Iowa State. The 13th-ranked Bears erupted for 17 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Iowa State, 45-42, on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium. Baylor kicker Chris Callahan..." October 01

  • Russell leads No. 16 Baylor past Oklahoma State

    The Sports Xchange "WACO, Texas -- Baylor quarterback Seth Russell served notice that the Bears' passing game is as potent as ever. Russell threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns to propel No. 16 Baylor past Oklahoma State 35-24 on Saturday night at McLane Stadium. When Oklahoma State tied the game at 21..." September 25

  • Rice marching band mocks Baylor sexual assault scandal with Art Briles in attendance

    USA Today "During the Rice-Baylor game on Friday night, Rice’s marching band, called the Marching Owl Band (MOB), referenced Baylor’s sexual assault scandal in their halftime performance with former coach Art Briles in attendance. They formed “IX” for Title IX, in reference to the lawsuits Baylor is..." September 17

  • Baylor's Johnny Jefferson won't return this season due to 'personal issues'

    Sports Day "Baylor running back Johnny Jefferson will miss the entire 2016 season due to 'personal issues,' interim head coach Jim Grobe said in a statement on Friday. Jefferson missed the season opener against Northwestern State last week with a foot injury from being stepped on at practice and sore ribs..." September 10

  • Art Briles apologizes amid questions about Baylor sex assault case investigation

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Former Baylor football coach Art Briles is out of a job because of a perceived lack of control or concern regarding a culture of sexual abuse in Waco. He told reporters in August he did nothing wrong. Now, in his first television interview since his dismissal, Briles is apologizing and vowing to..." September 08

  • Baylor blasts Northwestern State in opening win

    The Sports Xchange "WACO, Texas -- The No. 23 Baylor Bears exorcised the Northwestern State Demons and perhaps some of their own to begin the 2016 season. The Baylor defense forced Northwestern State backward for most of the first half and its offense clicked with its usual precision on the way to a 55-7..." September 03

  • Baylor receiver suspended three games for abusing his dog

    Fox Sports "Baylor wide receiver Ishmael Zamora will sit out the first three games of this upcoming season following the publication of a video that showed him abusing his dog earlier this summer. The team announced the suspension in a press release this week. In addition to the three-game ban, the..." August 31

  • Baylor suspends starting safety Chance Waz for first two games

    College Football Talk "Even as Baylor looks to put a tumultuous offseason in the rearview mirror, the football team simply can’t get away from the dark cloud hanging over the program. Interim head coach Jim Grobe announced Monday that Chance Waz has been suspended for the Bears’ first two games of the upcoming..." August 29