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Ex-Baylor coach Art Briles vows to be better going forward

In his first television interview since being dismissed as Baylor’s football coach, Art Briles told ESPN on Wednesday that he is sorry for what happened under his watch at the university and vowed to be better in the future.

“I made mistakes. I did wrong, but I’m not doing this trying to make myself feel better for apologizing,” Briles told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi. “I understand I made some mistakes. There was some bad things that went on under my watch. I was the captain of this ship. The captain of the ship goes down with it.

“So, I understand that I made some mistakes, and for that I’m sorry. But I’m not trying to plead for people’s sympathy. I’m just stating that, ‘Hey, I made some mistakes. I was wrong. I’m sorry. I’m gonna learn. I’m gonna do better.”

Baylor announced Briles’ firing in May, one result of a scathing review of the university’s handling of sexual assault allegations made against students, including several football players.

The review, conducted by the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton, found particular fault with Briles’ program, saying, “there are significant concerns about the tone and culture within Baylor’s football program as it relates to accountability for all forms of student-athlete misconduct.”

Two Baylor players accused of sexual assault — Sam Ukwuachu and Shawn Oakman — were recruited by Briles after they were dismissed from their previous schools for off-field problems.

The Pepper Hamilton review led to Briles’ firing, Kenneth Starr’s removal as Baylor president and athletic director Ian McCaw’s resignation.

Jim Grobe has since been named interim coach of No. 23 Baylor, which opened its season with a 55-7 win against Northwestern State of the FCS last Friday.

At the time of his firing, the 60-year-old Briles had eight years remaining on a 10-year contract extension that he signed in November 2013.

The Bears enjoyed significant success during Briles’ tenure, going from perennial Big 12 doormat to national powerhouse. Since 2011, Briles had guided Baylor to a 50-15 record, winning 10 games or more in four of the past five seasons.

Briles previously released a statement in response to his firing by the university, saying in June that “he would have done certain things differently” while expressing sympathy for victims of sexual assault.

Briles has told reporters that he plans to be a head coach again in 2017. ESPN reported Friday that Briles has hired agent Jimmy Sexton as he attempts to make that return.

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Art Briles acknowledges role in Baylor scandal

Former Baylor coach Art Briles says he takes responsibility for the football program’s poor handling of sexual assault allegations involving players, telling ESPN in an exclusive interview that his “heart certainly aches” for victims while distancing himself from decisions made after some players had been accused of criminal activity.

In the interview with College GameDay’s Tom Rinaldi this week — the bulk of which aired Saturday — Briles spoke extensively about his May firing from Baylor, which came after a law firm found significant problems with the university’s response to sexual assault complaints, including issues with a football program described as being “above the rules” with “no culture of accountability for misconduct.”

“There were some bad things that happened under my watch,” Briles said. “And for that, I’m sorry. … I was wrong. I’m sorry. I’m going to learn. I’m going to get better.”

He said he understood why victims at the hands of players on his team would be upset with him.

“I’d tell them I’m extremely sorry. It just appalls me that somebody could victimize another human being. And there’s no place in society for it. And I’ve never condoned it and never will and never put up with it,” he said. “These players are part of our program and representatives of our program. And when they do wrong, then it reflects on me and the university. So I do feel responsibility.”

But when Rinaldi asked about individual player incidents, Briles often said his football staff made decisions in which he was not personally involved or that he had been forced to defer to actions taken by Baylor administrators. Briles also blamed policies, procedures and lack of training for how certain incidents were handled.

“The way the chain usually works is the head coach is last to know,” Briles said of player problems. “Head coaches are sometimes protected, in certain instances, from minor issues. Now, major issues I was always made aware of.”

Baylor has faced scrutiny for more than a year about how it handled sexual assaults involving athletes. In fall 2015, Baylor hired Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton to review its past treatment of sexual assault claims. In May, the school released a summary of the Pepper Hamilton report, which detailed how Baylor — and specifically members of the football program — failed to respond to reports of sexual assaults.

“In certain instances … athletics and football personnel affirmatively chose not to report sexual violence and dating violence to an appropriate administrator outside of athletics,” one passage of the summary states. “In those instances, football coaches or staff met directly with a complainant and/or a parent of a complainant and did not report the misconduct. As a result, no action was taken to support complainants, fairly and impartially evaluate the conduct under Title IX, address identified cultural concerns within the football program, or protect campus safety once aware of a potential pattern of sexual violence by multiple football players.”

After the summary was released, Briles was fired, university president and chancellor Kenneth Starr was demoted and ultimately resigned, athletic director Ian McCaw was suspended and resigned, and at least two other athletic department employees were fired.

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Baylor Wideout Accuses Texas Of Stealing The Bears’ Offense

The Texas Longhorns have looked stellar on the offensive side of the ball against Notre Dame on Sunday night. Baylor wideout KD Cannon thinks he knows why.

This past offseason, viagra buy following a 5-7 campaign, sale Texas made a number of changes to its coaching staff, including hiring a new offensive coordinator – Sterlin Gilbert from Tulsa. It seems to be paying off. Midway through the third quarter against the Fighting Irish, Texas, running a more up-tempo offense, has gained 360 yards and scored 31 points. They scored three points against the Fighting Irish all game last year.

Baylor wide receiver KD Cannon took to Twitter while watching the game. He says that the Longhorns are running the Bears’ offense.

Remember – football is a copycat sport, so even if Texas is running a similar scheme to what Baylor has been doing the past few years, that wouldn’t be a surprise. After all, the Bears do have one of the most potent attacks in the country every season.

Texas is going to need to keep scoring, too. Notre Dame has cut it to 31-28 in Austin.

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Baylor RB Johnny Jefferson won't play in 2016 due to 'personal issues'

Baylor running back Johnny Jefferson will not play for the Bears in 2016, interim coach Jim Grobe announced Friday.

Jefferson has been recovering from a foot injury as well as sore ribs from a car accident and did not play in Baylor’s season opener against Northwestern State.

Grobe said Jefferson left the team to deal with some personal issues.

“Johnny, while still a member of this team, in addition to healing recent injuries, is taking some time away from school to deal with some personal issues and hopefully will rejoin the program for spring semester,” Grobe said in a statement.

Jefferson rushed for 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns last season as a sophomore, including 299 yards and three touchdowns in Baylor’s Russell Athletic Bowl victory over North Carolina. He was listed as the co-starter at running back with Shock Linwood when Baylor opened fall practice.

“I need a little time to regroup from some personal issues through spending time with family so I can come back as the father & man I need to be,” Jefferson said in an Instagram post. “I’ll be back on the field in the way y’all deserve to see me out there too!!! Just not this year man.”

Without Jefferson, Baylor will rely on the trio of Linwood, Terence Williams and JaMycal Hasty at running back this season. Linwood, a senior, needs just 107 rushing yards to break the Baylor career rushing record.

Baylor faces SMU on Saturday.

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Game 2: Baylor Bears vs. SMU Mustangs Game Thread

ODB GAME HUB: Baylor Bears vs. SMU Mustangs 2016
PREVIEW PODCAST: 100th Podcast
SPREAD: Baylor -32 (O/U 76)
TV COVERAGE: FS1, 2:30 p.m. CST

Looks like today is turning out to be a beautiful day at McLane Stadium. The rain came earlier than expected and should be gone by kickoff. Of course, the big news of this morning was Art Briles’ interview with ESPN, but let’s put that aside and watch some Baylor football! Click here to check out Mark’s predictions and pre-game commentary.

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Baylor we are, and Baylor we’ll always be. Robert Griffin’s words are timeless for a reason. Here we are, sitting at 7-0, with possibly the greatest roster that Art Briles has ever assembled and Baylor is facing major adversity.

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