Baylor Rumors & News

  • Baylor safety J.W Ketchum tweets he is no longer with program

    Dallas Morning News "Baylor safety and former 2015 recruit J.W Ketchum is no longer with the program, according to a tweet from Ketchum earlier today. Ketchum was suspended a week ago after an unspecified violation of team rules. Baylor declined comment on the rule, but Ketchum was arrested in August for..." October 06

  • Report: Baylor freshman safety J.W Ketchum suspended

    Dallas Morning News "Baylor freshman safety J.W. Ketchum has been suspended from the roster for an unspecified violation of team rules, according to a report from the Waco Tribune-Herald. Though Ketchum has been removed from Baylor's official roster, he is able to count this season as a redshirt year and continue..." September 29

  • Sam Ukwuachu asks for new trial in sexual assault case

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Former Baylor defensive end Sam Ukwuachu has asked for a new trial after he was convicted of sexual assault in August, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported. Ukwuachu's attorney, William Bratton III, alleges that state prosecutors "repeatedly intimidated" Ukwuachu’s roommate, Ratu Peni Tagive, to..." September 26

  • Baylor suspends assistant Jeff Lebby for first half of game against Oklahoma

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "Baylor assistant Jeff Lebby will miss the first half of the Nov. 14 contest between Baylor and Oklahoma as a result of his appearance on the Tulsa sideline during last week’s Tulsa-Oklahoma contest. The suspension was imposed by Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw and accepted by Big 12..." September 24

  • Did Baylor benefit from RBs coach on Tulsa's sideline vs. Oklahoma?

    Football Scoop "A little bit of a developing situation has broken out in Norman, where Baylor running backs coach Jeff Lebby was reportedly spotted on Tulsa’s sideline during the Golden Hurricane’s game with Oklahoma in Norman on Saturday. Asked Monday about Lebby being spotted on the sideline (Baylor was off..." September 21

  • Tre'Von Armstead out at Baylor

    Dallas Morning News "Baylor tight end Tre'Von Armstead was dismissed from Baylor's program for a team rules violation, the university announced Friday afternoon. Armstead was held out of Baylor's game against Lamar last Saturday for unspecified reasons. Armstead was the starter at tight end heading into the season..." September 19

  • Baylor assistants Kendal Briles, Tate Wallis to miss game for NCAA penalty

    SI - College Football "Baylor offensive coordinator Kendal Briles and receivers coach Tate Wallis will miss the fourth-ranked Bears' game Saturday against Lamar because of self-imposed NCAA penalties, according to a person familiar with the matter. NCAA investigators interviewed high school coaches in the Dallas-area..." September 12

  • Baylor's Shawn Oakman, Orion Stewart to start against Lamar

    The Score "Baylor head coach Art Briles confirmed the expected Wednesday, announcing that defensive end Shawn Oakman and defensive back Orion Stewart will start for the Bears on Saturday against Lamar, reports John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald. Oakman and Stewart, two of Baylor's standout players on..." September 10

  • Baylor star DE Shawn Oakman, DB Orion Stewart suspended for opener

    CBS Sports "Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman will miss the team's season opener at SMU because of a suspension for a violation of team rules. Bleacher Report's Jason King first reported the news, which was later confirmed by Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman, who added that starting defensive back Orion Stewart..." September 04

  • Lawyer for Jameis Winston’s accuser hired by Baylor rape victim

    College Football Talk "The high-profile Baylor rape case has added a prominent new character, the Dallas Morning News is reporting. According to the paper, nationally-known Title IX attorney John Clune of Colorado has been hired by the victim and her family to “investigate a number of issues surrounding the case,”..." August 28

  • Report: Baylor QB Chris Johnson will move to wide receiver, clearing way for Jarrett Stidham

    Dallas Morning News "Baylor’s quarterback battle has been hotly talked about. Seth Russell is poised to easily capture the starting job, but the backup position might have just been decided as well. According to a report from ESPN Central Texas’ David Smoak, backup quarterback Chris Johnson will transition from..." August 26

  • Report: Will Muschamp “wouldn’t touch” Sam Ukwuachu in 2013

    College Football Talk "Baylor made the decision to shut down media availability today and until next week when the Bears begin preparing for the first game of the season. Perhaps that was a good idea as Sports Illustrated has reported one coach from the SEC made the decision to steer clear of Sam Ukwuachu back in 2013..." August 25

  • Emails show Chris Petersen knew vivid details of Ukwuachu incident

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Emails show that the Boise State athletic department knew vivid details of Sam Ukwuachu's violent incident with his former girlfriend, per Texas Monthly. The emails indicate Boise State assistant athletic director Marc Paul had informed former Boise State coach Chris Petersen of those..." August 23

  • Baylor DE Sam Ukwuachu guilty of sexual assault, sentenced Friday

    CBS Sports "On Friday, Sam Ukwuachu was sentenced to 10 years of felony probation and placed in the county jail for 180 days. He will also have to serve 400 hours of community service. Ukwuachu was facing up to 20 years in prison, according to Tommy Withserspoon of the Waco Tribune-Herald. Baylor also..." August 22

  • Baylor coach Art Briles: No knowledge about Sam Ukwuachu's violent past

    ESPN "Baylor coach Art Briles denied having any knowledge about the violent past of defensive end Sam Ukwuachu, who on Thursday was found guilty of sexual assault of a then-Baylor soccer player in 2013. Briles said Friday that he spoke with then-Boise State coach Chris Petersen personally and was..." August 21

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    The jury found Ukwuachu, 22, guilty of sexual assault in an October 2013 incident involving a former Baylor soccer player.

  • Accuser Testifies In Baylor Football Player's Sexual Assault Trial

    Deadspin "The trial for Baylor’s Sam Ukwuachu began today in a Waco courthouse. Ukwuachu, who transferred to Baylor from Boise State but never played a down, was indicted on two counts of sexual assault stemming from what happened in the early hours of Oct. 20, 2013. Very little about what happened that..." August 19

  • Baylor football player to stand trial for sexual assault

    Waco Trib "Baylor University defensive end Sam Ukwuachu, formerly a freshman All-American at Boise State University, is set to stand trial this month on charges he sexually assaulted a Baylor student in 2013. Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court has set Ukwuachu’s trial on two counts of..." August 06

  • Baylor AD hopes College Football Playoff will expand to 8 'within 5 years'

    SB Nation "Ohio State was the last team into the first College Football Playoff, and Baylor was the first team out. People yelled about that, but it was fine. Now, Baylor AD Ian McCaw is the latest to predict the Playoff will expand to eight teams at some point, hopefully "within five years." Baylor rival..." August 06

  • Report: Baylor-Cal game in Australia no longer in the works

    CBS Sports "Turns out maybe -- just maybe -- you shouldn't go ahead and book that thousand-dollar flight to Australia, Baylor fan. ESPN reported Friday the Bears' proposed meeting with Cal in the Land Down Under "is off." Reports first surfaced last month that Baylor was exploring the possibility of..." July 03

  • Former Baylor RB Silas Nacita says NAIA ruled him ineligible to play

    The Score "Silas Nacita has experienced yet another setback in his mission to get back out onto the field. After being ruled ineligible to play by Baylor, the former running back has announced that he was also ruled ineligible to play football at Southwestern Assemblies of God University by the..." June 23

  • Baylor could wear different uniform combo in every game for 10 years

    CBS Sports "For the last two seasons, Baylor has managed to lead all of college football in scoring, averaging just around 50 points per game in that span. That's obviously an incredible statistic, but there's another statistic that belongs to Baylor that might be equally impressive. While there's no way to..." June 23

  • Baylor in talks for 2016 opener in Australia vs. Pac-12 team

    CBS Sports "Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said the school has made a proposal to play its 2016 football opener overseas earlier this week. McCaw's radio interview included very little in terms of specifics, but has confirmed that the Bears are in talks to play the game in Australia,..." June 17

  • Baylor defensive end Sam Ukwuachu is “expected” to be eligible in Fall 2015

    Dallas Morning News "Defensive end Sam Ukwuachu transferred to Baylor in Summer 2013 after a freshman All-American season at Boise State in 2012. However, the Pearland native was ruled ineligible last season for undisclosed reasons. During an event where he was the guest speaker, defensive coordinator Phil Bennett..." June 08

  • Report: Baylor DT Suleiman Masumbuko to transfer to Tulsa

    Dallas Morning News "Baylor defensive tackle Suleiman Masumbuko will leave the program and transfer to Tulsa according to multiple reports. The Trinity Euless alum will graduate from Baylor and be immediately eligible next season. Masumbuko contributed as a reserve defensive lineman each of the past three seasons..." May 14

  • NCAA rules ex-homeless Baylor RB Silas Nacita permanently ineligible

    Bleacher Report "Editor's note: According to former Baylor running back Silas Nacita, a school compliance official met with him on February 24 and informed the formerly homeless walk-on that he would no longer be a part of the Baylor football program, pending a full investigation, because he accepted improper..." April 08

  • Top-100 DT Jordan Elliott decommits from Baylor

    SB Nation "One of the top defensive tackles in a strong Texas class is back on the market. One of the hottest prospects in the state of Texas is officially available once again after Houston Westside defensive tackle Jordan Elliott decommitted from the Baylor Bears on Monday evening. The 6'4, 305-pound..." April 07

  • Heavy duty: Baylor to try 410-pounder at TE

    ESPN "It's hard enough trying to get around the guy to reach the quarterback, but how do you stop somebody who's 6-foot-7 and 410 pounds from catching passes? That might be the task for opponents of the Baylor Bears next season, as they have LaQuan McGowan practicing at tight end and at H-back during..." March 06

  • Booted Baylor RB Silas Nacita apologizes for misleading comments

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Former Baylor walk-on running back Silas Nacita caused a nationwide stir on Wednesday when he tweeted that he was wrongfully kicked off the team for accepting housing from "close family friends" while he was homeless. He apologized on Thursday. "The bottom line is that I broke the rules," he..." February 27

  • Ineligible Baylor walk-on: ‘Bottom line is I broke the rules’

    College Football Talk "Now we have a little further clarity to a situation that blew-up Wednesday afternoon. Earlier that day, Baylor walk-on Silas Nacita tweeted that he had been declared ineligible by the NCAA for receiving impermissible benefits in the form of housing “instead of choosing to be homeless” as he put..." February 26

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    The NCAA did not declare Silas Nacita ineligible and Baylor has not requested a waiver for him.

  • Once-homeless Baylor RB ineligible

    ESPN "Baylor walk-on running back Silas Nacita announced that the NCAA ruled him ineligible because he accepted impermissible benefits while he was homeless last summer. Nacita, a backup who rushed for three touchdowns last season, walked on to the Baylor program in the summer of 2014 after being..." February 25

  • Coach Briles bent on building dynasty at Baylor

    Fox Sports Southwest "Baylor football coach Art Briles is more Steve Jobs than Darth Vader. Why build off someone else's empire when you can find a new way to do something and just create your own? It's tougher than it sounds, but Briles is doing it. Like Jobs, he's done it all in a long-sleeve mock turtleneck, too...." February 24

  • SMU, Baylor QBs transfer to Sacramento State

    College Football Talk "For the first time since Chad Morris took over as head coach last month, a player has left the SMU football program. And, as it turns out, another player from a fellow Texas FBS program is following. In a press release Friday, Sacramento State announced that Kolney Cassel is one of three..." January 26

  • Art Briles says Baylor lost out on final playoff spot by 8-4 vote

    CBS Sports "Apparently the Baylor Bears were three votes shy of the first College Football Playoff. According to Baylor coach Art Briles, the fourth and final playoff spot came down to the Bears and Ohio State, and Baylor lost out to the Buckeyes in an 8-4 vote. "We've really only been nationally close..." January 21

  • Baylor OT Spencer Drango to return for senior season

    CBS Sports "The good news keeps coming for Baylor. A day after potential top-10 draft pick Shawn Oakman announced his intention to return for his senior season at defensive end, the Bears' three-year starter at left tackle, Spencer Drango, did the same. "I petitioned the [NFL] advisory committe," Drango..." December 30

  • Baylor’s Shawn Oakman says he is returning for his senior year; goal is to be No. 1 pick of 2016 draft

    Dallas Morning News "Shawn Oakman, Baylor’s 6-foot-9, 280-pound junior defensive end, said Monday that he has decided not to enter the upcoming NFL Draft. “It’s not my time,” Oakman said. “I’ve got unfinished business.” On ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper’s 2015 draft “Big Board,” Oakman is No. 8. Most other..." December 30

  • Bryce Petty good to go for Baylor

    ESPN "Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty is set to play against Kansas State on Saturday night, one week after suffering a concussion. School officials said Friday that Petty has been medically cleared for the No. 6 Bears when they play the ninth-ranked Wildcats. The winner is guaranteed at least a..." December 06

  • Baylor QB Bryce Petty awaiting results of final concussion test before Saturday’s game

    Dallas Morning News "Baylor is waiting for the results of a final concussion test on quarterback Bryce Petty. Coach Art Briles said Petty was scheduled to take his second standard concussion test Thursday during an appearance on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike. No. 7 Baylor hosts No. 9 Kansas State with a share of the Big..." December 05

  • Baylor loses another starting offensive lineman to season-ending injury

    College Football Talk "Baylor’s loss on the road at West Virginia came with a hefty penalty, and now one of the 18 penalties for a Big 12 record 215 penalty yards either. Troy Baker, a starting right tackle on the Baylor offensive line, tore his ACL according to head coach Art Briles. The injury brings an end to the..." October 20

  • Report: Baylor Starting DE Jamal Palmer Tears ACL, Out for the Season

    Our Daily Bears "The news Baylor fans didn't want to hear after yesterday's game has come in, and the Bears will be without starting DE Jamal Palmer for the rest of the year after he injured his knee in yesterday's win over Texas. I don't recall exactly when it happened in the course of the game, but several..." October 06

  • Breckyn Hager switches football commit from Baylor to Texas

    Waco Trib "Austin Westlake High School senior linebacker Breckyn Hager has switched his verbal commitment from Baylor to Texas. Hager is the younger brother of Baylor senior linebacker Bryce Hager, who also played high school football at Austin Westlake. Their father is Britt Hager who was an..." September 25

  • Baylor expected to get three WRs back for ISU game

    College Football Talk "Not that it actually needed them, but Baylor was down all four of its leading returning wide receivers from 2013 for last Friday’s 63-12 romp over Buffalo. For the Bears’ next game, they should be back to near full-strength in the receiving corps. On his teleconference Monday, head coach Art..." September 15

  • Report: Baylor wide receiver Levi Norwood out three weeks

    Dallas Morning News "Baylor inside receiver Levi Norwood will reportedly undergo surgery on his wrist and will miss three weeks per a report from the Waco Tribune-Herald’s John Werner. The senior receiver injured his wrist during Baylor’s season opener against SMU on Sunday, and was limited to only four receptions..." September 04

  • Baylor QB Bryce Petty plans to play despite cracked bones near his spine

    SB Nation "The quarterback kept playing with a spinal injury Sunday night and now expects to keep going. An MRI showed Baylor QB Bryce Petty has two cracks in his transverse processes, bones near his spine, according to CBS Sports. He's reportedly expecting to play anyway in Week 2 against FCS..." September 02

  • A&M transfer eligible to play for Baylor this season

    Dallas Morning News "Ishmael Wilson, a transfer offensive lineman from Texas A&M, will be eligible this season after receiving a waiver from the NCAA." August 27

  • Texas OL Rami Hammad is transferring to Baylor

    Our Daily Bears "A little over 20 months after decommitting from Baylor's 2013 recruiting class, OL Rami Hammad is coming home. Last week, we started hearing rumors that OL Rami Hammad, once a Baylor commit in the class of 2013, was leaving Texas for greener pastures elsewhere. I never really considered the..." August 25

  • Bryce Petty's unlikely journey to becoming Baylor's star

    SI - College Football "Neither one has the number quite right, but the point is the same. “He waited so long to play,” Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango says of quarterback Bryce Petty. “Seventeen hundred and 56 days.” Says Petty of his return for a second season as the Bears' starter: “I didn’t wait 1,786 days to..." August 18

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • Baylor flips highly rated Texas A&M OL commit

    College Football Talk "Baylor got one over on in-state recruiting power Texas A&M. Within days of Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin explaining how Texas A&M’s recruiting efforts have been so successful since joining the SEC, the Aggies lost one of the nation’s top offensive linemen in the Class of 2015 to..." July 19

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