Baylor Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Report: Baylor’s Travon Blanchard to undergo knee surgery

    Today's U "Feared to have a torn meniscus, Baylor cornerback Travon Blanchard will undergo surgery to repair that injury on Wednesday morning, Jessica Morrey of KCEN tweets. David Smoak of ESPN 1660 places the junior corner’s timeline in a positive light considering the prospective surgery being set to..." August 26

  • PETA Demands Drug Tests For Baylor Player ... After Dog Abuse Vid

    TMZ "PETA has declared WAR on the scumbag Baylor football player who beat up his dog -- calling for an immediate steroids test, claiming increased testosterone may have contributed to his violent rage. Sophomore wide receiver Ishmael Zamora has been under serious fire ever since footage surfaced..." August 23

  • Ex-Baylor President Ken Starr Resigns After Rape Scandal

    Black Sports Online "Ex-Baylor President, turned law professor Ken Starr has finally severed all ties with the embattled university, amid a plethora of disturbing rape accusations, involving student-athletes." August 19

  • Baylor to discipline WR Ishmael Zamora after dog abuse

    USA Today "Baylor coach Jim Grobe told the Waco Tribune-Herald that wide receiver Ishmael Zamora, captured on video whipping a dog in June, will be disciplined but will continue to practice with the Bears' football team. The video, obtained by KXXV NewsChannel 25 in Waco, shows Zamora hitting the dog with..." August 19

  • Art Briles: "I’ve Never Done Anything Illegal, Immoral, Unethical"

    Deadspin "Former Baylor head football coach Art Briles, who was fired in May after an investigation into a massive sexual assault scandal involving the program, has visited a couple of NFL teams’ training camps this summer. Today, he showed up at the Houston Texans’ facility and talked to reporters. While..." August 16

  • Baylor's Johnny Jefferson out for 'a while' following car accident

    The Score "Baylor interim head coach Jim Grobe announced that running back Johnny Jefferson would be out "a while" with sore ribs following a car accident he was involved in over the weekend, according to Max Olsen of ESPN. Jefferson, who has also been nursing a foot injury, posted a photo of the accident..." August 15

  • Art Briles visits Cowboys camp, says he expects to get another job

    Larry Brown Sports "Disgraced former Baylor football coach Art Briles turned up in Dallas Cowboys camp on Tuesday and spoke of his expectation that he’ll find a new job somewhere sooner rather than later. Briles told reporters in Oxnard, California on Tuesday that he expects to find a new job during the next cycle..." August 10

  • Shawn Oakman -- Ex-Baylor Star Pleads Not Guilty ... In Rape Case

    TMZ "Ex-Baylor football star Shawn Oakman is adamant he did not rape a woman in his apartment back in April ... and has formally entered a not guilty plea with the court. As we previously reported, the 24-year-old defensive end was charged with 2nd degree sexual assault after a woman said he forced..." August 05

  • Baylor University Has Allegedly Routinely "Threatened" Survivors of Rape With Sexual Conduct Violations

    Complex "A disturbing report published by the Associated Press early Sunday morning alleges that Baylor University coerced survivors of rape into not reporting their assaults by threatening to make public the details of their assaults to family members. The university also allegedly "pushed" rape survivors..." July 31

  • Fired staffer wants court to force Baylor to release Hamilton report

    ESPN "A Baylor athletic department employee who was fired in wake of the sexual assault scandal at the university has asked a Texas court to order the Baylor board of regents to produce the Pepper Hamilton report. Thomas Hill, a former assistant athletic director for community relations and special..." July 28

  • Baylor to pay Grobe $1.25M for 2016 season

    The Score "The salary for Jim Grobe's stint as Baylor interim coach will be $1.25 million, an industry source told ESPN's Brett McMurphy on Monday. Grobe's eight-month salary will rank as the third-lowest in the Big 12, ahead of Iowa State's Matt Campbell and Kansas' David Beaty." July 25

  • Houston’s Tom Herman blasts media over reports he met with Baylor

    Houston Chronicle "University of Houston football coach Tom Herman's vacation last week was met with a bit of turbulence and he wasn't pleased. A report linked Herman to the Baylor job currently occupied by interim coach Jim Grobe. Herman denied the rumor last week. In front of reporters at the Texas High..." July 21

  • Ex-Baylor star Shawn Oakman indicted for sexual assault

    ESPN "Former Baylor All-America defensive end Shawn Oakman, the school's all-time sack leader, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of second-degree felony sexual assault in Waco, Texas, on Wednesday. Police in Waco arrested Oakman in April after a Baylor graduate student accused him of sexually..." July 20

  • Baylor will play 2016 season with just 70 scholarship players

    Sporting News - NCAAF "The cold, hard numbers facing Baylor football this season will ripple beyond 2016. Interim Bears head coach Jim Grobe, speaking at Big 12 Media Days, revealed that his team will play with around 70 scholarship players. "That's an issue for us right now. I think one of our biggest challenges..." July 19

  • Big 12 Commissioner on Baylor : "It's unrealistic to think these kinds of things are never going to happen"

    OU Daily "Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby got things started at Big 12 Media Days on Monday morning. His opening press conference touched on a myriad of topics, including Baylor's sexual assault scandal. Bowlsby contended Baylor has been "very forthcoming" throughout this process. "Suffice to say as..." July 18

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