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Daily Bears Report 10/31

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CT Scan shows Seth Russell negative for concussion. Ken Starr’s New Book. New Patty Crawford interview. And maybe a little other sports stuff.

NCAA Football: Kansas State at Baylor Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s Events

  • Men's Tennis, vs Birmingham Futures, All Day
  • Jim Grobe Weekly Press Conference, 1:00 p.m., Watch
  • Baylor Football Coach’s Show, 6:00 p.m., Listen

Tennis

Select Baylor student-athletes will be in action starting today at the Birmingham Futures event in Birmingham, Ala.

Equestrian

Football

  • Baylor quarterback Seth Russell’s cat scan for a possible concussion was negative following a 35-34 loss to Texas on Saturday night in Austin. From BearsExtra.

Russell will be monitored for any concussion-like symptoms throughout the week. He also received medicine for nausea and a headache.

Russell hit 14 of 28 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.

Campus Skateboarding

  • What the heck, its a slow sports news day.

Ken Starr

Years of Tension Preceded Ken Starr’s Departure from Baylor University. From WacoTrib. In this the first chapter of Ken Starr’s book, Farewell, Judge Starr describes the Regent’s changes to the Baylor Executive Ruling Roundtable, and how his delegation of administrative “details” to others (others being the other members of the executive ruling roundtable, permanent vice-presidents and such) showed a rift between him and the regents.

Spring graduation 2016 was a joy. As tradition holds, I greeted and hugged every Baylor graduate who walked or otherwise traversed the Ferrell Center stage. The Pepper Hamilton report seemed to fade into the background. We were still standing, and the mood seemed upbeat. The spirit, as always at Baylor graduation, was joyful. We sang the sweet songs of Baylor commencement ceremonies — “God Bless America” and “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” And, of course, we closed with “That Good Old Baylor Line.”

Almost 3,000 graduates — both undergrads and graduate students — received their diplomas over the course of Friday afternoon and Saturday morning and afternoon ceremonies. Then, after an early church service on Sunday morning, I headed down to San Marcos, south of Austin, to speak at the San Marcos Academy graduation. The high school graduates — a handful heading for Baylor — were from all over the world, especially China. This was America at its welcoming best.

Then, bidding farewell to my San Marcos friends, off I went to Atlanta for a meeting, then quickly back to campus again. It was Tuesday after May graduation — only three days had passed since the uplifting ceremonies at the Ferrell Center. All seemed peaceful.

The news came abruptly. The thunderbolt was delivered by the university’s lawyer, Ray Cotton, a renowned D.C. practitioner. I was being fired as president. I had run out of bullets, I was informed.

New Patty Crawford Interview

Showtime’s Sixty Minutes Sports To Air Tuesday, November 1 at 8/7CT.

Baylor prides itself on its Christian values and creating a caring community. But the “60 Minutes Sports” investigation found a culture where victims who came forward found themselves blamed for violating the university’s code of conduct, which prohibits drinking and premarital sex. From CBS This Morning.

Correspondent Armen Keteyian has been investigating since May. His investigation revealed the senior vice president in charge of campus safety, Reagan Ramsower, often clashed with Patty Crawford, the university’s former Title IX coordinator.

She says a lack of cooperation prevented her from doing her job, from which she resigned in frustration.

“What drives a culture? It’s the top. And that was the hardest thing for me to come to grips with, was after all of this -- this report was released, after all of this, the discrimination became so clear, even against me. That’s power and that’s control. What is rape about? Power and control.”