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17 minutes ago, PurpleDawg said:

But, have any of the current assistants quit or been fired yet?

 

I was told by a Baylor guy that only Jim Gush and Chris Dishman were doing any recruiting this year.  The rest of them had one foot out the door the entire season.  I don't know if that will pay off for Gush and Dishman but it might.

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18 hours ago, PurpleDawg said:

But, have any of the current assistants quit or been fired yet?

 

I'm reasonably comfortable predicting/guessing that an incoming coach could make handshake deals with a new staff, without actually bringing anyone on yet, and keep the old staff in place until the end of the season.  The incoming coach might be able to give future assistants written promises that they will be hired without offending the NCAA.

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The current staff is all still employed until after the bowl game.  The new staff is recruiting (or was until the dead period started).

 

 

 

Mack Rhoades said the NCAA has granted Baylor a waiver for Rhule’s staff to recruit while Grobe and his current staff will coach in the Cactus Bowl on Dec. 27 against Boise State. Rhoades said it is possible that Rhule could retain some coaches from Grobe’s staff.

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2 minutes ago, Radio Shack Killa said:

The current staff is all still employed until after the bowl game.  The new staff is recruiting (or was until the dead period started).

 

 

 

Mack Rhoades said the NCAA has granted Baylor a waiver for Rhule’s staff to recruit while Grobe and his current staff will coach in the Cactus Bowl on Dec. 27 against Boise State. Rhoades said it is possible that Rhule could retain some coaches from Grobe’s staff.

Godd Job Big 12?

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7 hours ago, Radio Shack Killa said:

The current staff is all still employed until after the bowl game.  The new staff is recruiting (or was until the dead period started).

 

 

 

Mack Rhoades said the NCAA has granted Baylor a waiver for Rhule’s staff to recruit while Grobe and his current staff will coach in the Cactus Bowl on Dec. 27 against Boise State. Rhoades said it is possible that Rhule could retain some coaches from Grobe’s staff.

Baylor gets special treatment now? 

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Ex-Baylor player in limbo months after Title IX complaint

WACO, Texas (KWTX)

 

Former Baylor football recruit Jeremy Faulk, who was kicked off the team at the height of the school's sexual assault scandal before the 2016 season ever started, remains uncertain about his future, even though a Title IX investigation involving him at Baylor has been suspended, and apparently will never see resolution.

The defensive tackle has just been named the Junior College Defensive Player of the Year after winning a national championship at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan., but his brief stay at Baylor may have made him untouchable as far as major universities are concerned.

Faulk re-enrolled at Garden City, from which Baylor recruited him, after he was dismissed from the team and lost his scholarship, at least temporarily, after a report of a sexual assault that was never proved and never prosecuted.

Faulk's coach at Garden City, Jeff Sims, told KWTX that the staff had hoped Faulk would be able to transfer to another major college program, but said no one will touch him because "the name Baylor is scary to schools."

 

Faulk had NFL aspirations when he arrived at Baylor in January as an All-American junior college transfer.

Faulk spent the spring 2016 semester at Baylor, but in June he learned that a female student had talked with police about a sexual encounter she had with him and another man.

She didn't want to press charges, and Faulk says the sex was consensual, but Baylor's Title IX Office started to look into the case.

But before Faulk was interviewed, or even told what the specific allegation was, the administration got his name and decided to strip him of his scholarship after learning of an incident at Florida Atlantic that campus officers there later described as a dorm prank.

Faulk and a teammate had walked into another teammate's dorm room.

That teammate was under the covers, naked, with his girlfriend. Faulk and the other player teased them, saying they were going to pull the sheets off.

Police were called, but said the issue was being handled by the coaches.

Faulk's dismissal became a contentious issue for Baylor administrators and coaches, as KWTX investigated the circumstances.

A KWTX investigation revealed Faulk was kicked off the team and his scholarship was stripped just days after head football coach Art Briles was fired.

After that KWTX investigation, Baylor issued a statement saying, "The action to remove Jeremy from the football team was taken by the interim director of athletics and acting head football coach."

Days later, Coach Grobe contradicted Baylor's statement, telling KWTX the decision was made by administrators, and not by him.

Faulk's scholarship was reinstated after he appealed, arguing he was denied due process.

And this week, Faulk learned through an email from Baylor's assistant general counsel to his attorney, Richard Tate, that his Title IX case at Baylor has been dismissed.

The word was late in coming.

In fact, Baylor's Title IX policy says investigations should be completed within about 60 days, although the policy provides for extensions.

According to documents provided to KWTX, the investigation of the complaint against Faulk should have been completed in early July.

 

http://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Ex-Baylor-player-in-limbo-months-after-Title-IX-complaint--407150075.html

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Pepper Hamilton Faces Lawsuit Over Baylor Report

Lizzy McLellan, The Legal Intelligencer

December 15, 2016

 

Pepper Hamilton is experiencing the backlash of its Title IX internal investigations work at Baylor University, as a former associate athletics director who blames the firm for his abrupt firing has filed a lawsuit.

Tom Hill, who was terminated from Baylor in May, filed the suit against Pepper Hamilton on Tuesday in the McLennan County District Court in Texas. He alleges that Pepper Hamilton's report on Baylor was flawed, and resulted in his dismissal from the university. The lawsuit claims damages of $60,000.

Pepper Hamilton attorneys Gina Maisto Smith and Leslie M. Gomez, who are also defendants in the suit, completed a review in May of Baylor's response to sexual assault allegations related to the football program. According to Baylor, the report revealed a "fundamental failure by Baylor to implement Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013."

Immediately after the report was released, head football coach Art Briles was fired and former university president Ken Starr was demoted. According to Hill's complaint, his own firing was also a direct result of Pepper Hamilton's report.

Hill alleged that Smith and Gomez failed to fulfill their entire charge. Hill's complaint contended that the lawyers did not interview several important witnesses, and did not give a full, accurate, unbiased report.

"Defendants did not fully, faithfully or objectively perform their contracted duties," Hill's complaint said. "Defendants were negligent in the performance of the duties they undertook for the benefit of the university, and this negligence was a proximate cause of damages sustained by the plaintiff."

In a statement, Pepper Hamilton said it learned of the lawsuit late Tuesday evening.

"The suit has no merit and Pepper will vigorously defend the suit," the firm's statement said.

Pepper Hamilton began working with Baylor in August 2015, according to the university's report. The report said Pepper Hamilton was retained to ensure objectivity, and was given "unfettered access" to personnel and information.

In the investigation, Pepper Hamilton found that university administrators failed to support students who encountered sexual harassment or assault, even discouraging some from making reports, the report said.

"In addition to broader university failings, Pepper found specific failings within both the football program and athletics department leadership, including a failure to identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player, to take action in response to reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, and to take action in response to a report of dating violence," the report said. "Pepper's findings also reflect significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylor's football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of athlete misconduct."

In his complaint, Hill said he was an effective, loyal and crucially important employee of the university for 28 years, with "an impeccable performance record." But now, the complaint said, he is unemployed, unable to get a job and unable to support his family.

 

http://www.texaslawyer.com/home/id=1202774849725/Pepper-Hamilton-Faces-Lawsuit-Over-Baylor-Report

 

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39 minutes ago, RedHill said:

 

 

SMH.  Butt stomping FCS teams in football is something Baylor fans will be missing.  

 

Maybe the fans can turn to their attention to Womens BB?

 

Mr Mushnick says, "There was no good reason Baylor had to sacrifice both teams’ dignity."

 

Sorry, Sir, but only one team's dignity was at stake.  Baylor University has no dignity left to sacrifice.  What little they used to have they flushed down their own toilet along with Title IX and basic human decency.

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12 minutes ago, FrogAbroad said:

 

Mr Mushnick says, "There was no good reason Baylor had to sacrifice both teams’ dignity."

 

Sorry, Sir, but only one team's dignity was at stake.  Baylor University has no dignity left to sacrifice.  What little they used to have they flushed down their own toilet along with Title IX and basic human decency.

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According to guys over on BF.com, Baylor has the following number of scholarship players returning at these positions:

 

QB:  1

RB:  2

OL:  7

 

They currently have one recruit committed and the early signing day for JUCO has passed.  Rhule had one week before the dead period to contact recruits.  There is no in person recruiting allowed (on or off campus) during the dead period which doesn't end until January 11, 2017.  Signing day is 2/1/16.  So Baylor will have to fill out an entire class in three weeks.  That should be interesting.

 

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13.02.5.5 Dead Period. A dead period is a period of time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the institution's campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes to the institution's campus. The provision of complimentary admissions to a prospective student-athlete during a dead period is prohibited, except as provided in Bylaw 13.7.2.5 for a prospective student-athlete who visits an institution as part of a group. During a dead period, a coaching staff member may not serve as a speaker at or attend a meeting or banquet at which prospective student-athletes are in attendance, except as provided in Bylaw 13.1.8.4, and may not visit a prospective student-athlete's educational institution. It remains permissible, however, for an institutional staff member to write or telephone a prospective student-athlete during a dead period.

 

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I talked with a Baylor booster this weekend that had visited with Rhule.  Apparently, Rhule brought up the lack of depth on the roster and said he is averse to filling a roster with JUCO transfers and would rather suffer the short-term consequences of playing younger players to reap the long-term benefit of their experience/development.

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41 minutes ago, Lyle Lanley said:

I talked with a Baylor booster this weekend that had visited with Rhule.  Apparently, Rhule brought up the lack of depth on the roster and said he is averse to filling a roster with JUCO transfers and would rather suffer the short-term consequences of playing younger players to reap the long-term benefit of their experience/development.

 

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