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Daily Bears Report 10/5

Patty Crawford appears on CBS This Morning. Volleyball digs pink. Dave Campbell talks Baylor comebacks.

Today’s Events

Volleyball, vs TCU, 6:00 PM

Men's Tennis, vs ITA All-American Championships, All Day

Athletics Update


Baylor volleyball (14-5, 2-1) will face off with the TCU Horned Frogs (10-4, 3-1) on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Ferrell Center. Visit Baylor Bears dot com for this story and match info.

The Bears continue through one of the toughest stretches in its conference schedule, fresh off a meeting with the No. 8 Kansas squad in Lawrence.

The BU side had a 10-match winning streak snapped, a program-best since the 2009 season.

Facing TCU in the Wednesday match, the Bears have an opportunity to defeat a top-20 RPI team for the third time in the last four weeks, after notching wins over Washington State (No. 9) and Kansas State (No. 16).

The midweek match will be aired nationally on ESPNU and the WatchESPN app. The on-air talent will feature Tiffany Greene and Dain Blanton.

For this and all other Baylor home matches, fans can tune into the live internet audio broadcast on

Brice Cherry with BearsExtra says Baylor Volleyball looks to bounce back against TCU. Waco Trib has the full story.

The Baylor volleyball team looked poised to crank the volume up to 11.Instead, Kansas hit the mute button.

If Ryan McGuyre had personally outlined the start of Baylor’s match against No. 8 Kansas last Saturday, he couldn’t have possibly scripted it any better than it turned out. The Bears emerged with plenty of bounce at the start, using crisp passing to set up their hitters, who shredded the KU defense on their way to a .457 attacking percentage in the first set, the best mark for either team in the match.

Playing that way against a Final Four team from a year ago, on the road? That’s heady stuff.

The only problem for Baylor was that it couldn’t maintain that pace throughout the match. Kansas responded like a top-10 team should, winning the next three sets to halt Baylor’s winning streak at 10.

Men’s Tennis

Baylor men’s tennis sophomore Jimmy Bendeck concluded his run in the 2016 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center Tuesday. From Baylor Bears dot com.

Bendeck went 1-1 on his final day of competition, opening with an upset of 89th-ranked Tim Strodder of Tennessee, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the third round of qualifying singles action. The Hollywood, Fla., product then needed one more win to reach the singles main draw, but came up short to Oregon’s Thomas Laurent, ranked No. 105, 7-6, 6-4.

Over four days of competition, the sophomore Bear went 6-1 in Tulsa. He produced a 4-0 record in pre-qualifying singles action and then a 2-1 mark in qualifying play.

Bendeck is now 8-1-0 on the year and 1-1 against ranked foes.

In singles qualifying draw consolation play, Constantin Frantzen was beaten by Florida’s 76th-ranked Chase Perez-Blanco, 6-3, 6-1 to wrap up his play at the event. The freshman Bear is now 2-2 on the season.

On Thursday, Max Tchoutakian will take part in the singles main draw at the ITA All-American Championships. Times and opponents for that day of competition are still to be determined.

Men’s Golf

Baylor men's golf finished in third place after shooting 9-over-par 289 in Tuesday's final round at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The Bears finished the 54-hole tournament at Old Overton Club with a score of 7-over 847, seven strokes back of Auburn (E) and six strokes back of UNLV (+1).

Junior Matthew Perrine recorded a career-best fourth place finish after shooting 2-over 72 in the final round to finish at 3-under 207. It was his third career top-10 finish, all of which have come in his last seven events played. Freshman Cooper Dossey also earned a career-best finish, tying for ninth at even-par 210 following a final round of 1-under 69.

Sophomore Braden Bailey shot 3-over 73 in the final round to finish in 19th place at 4-over 214. Senior Hunter Shattuck and sophomore Garrett May tied for 28th place at 9-over 219, with Shattuck carding a final round 6-over 76 and May shooting 5-over 75.

“Today was disappointing for players and coaches alike,” head coach Mike McGraw said. “We had a great opportunity, and we let this one slip away. We have a lot to learn from and plenty of time until our next event, so we look forward to getting another chance.”

From KXXV News Channel 25:

Baylor led the 12-team field in par-4 scoring at 6-over 4.03. The Bears tied for fourth in par-5 scoring at 3-under 4.90 and tied for fifth in par-3 scoring at 16-over 3.27.

Baylor recorded 54 birdies during the tournament, second only to tournament champion Auburn’s 58 birdies.

The Bears had the fourth-most pars with 159 over three rounds.

Dossey tied for the best par-5 scoring average in the 60-player field at 3-under 4.50, while Perrine tied for fifth in par-5 scoring at 2-under 4.67.

Perrine also tied for fourth in par-4 scoring at 4-under 3.89, while Bailey tied for ninth at 1-under 3.97.

Dossey tied for eighth in the field in par-3 scoring at 1-over 3.08.

Bailey tied for the tournament lead with 14 birdies over 54 holes, while Dossey tied third with 13 birdies.

Perrine tied for third-most pars with 38 over 54 holes, including 14 in the final round.

Women’s Cross Country

Maggie Montoya is named Big XII Runner of the Week. From Baylor Bears dot com.

After racing to a fourth-place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational, Baylor women’s cross country senior Maggie Montoya was named the Big 12 Women’s Runner of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday.

It is the second weekly league accolade of Montoya’s career, after she was also recognized on Oct. 21, 2015.

On Friday, Montoya turned in a fourth-place showing in Notre Dame, Ind., covering the 5,000-meter course in 16:28.4. The senior was BU’s top finisher at the event and helped the Lady Bears place fifth as a team. Through three races this fall, Montoya has been Baylor’s top finisher in all three.

With some of the top programs in the country at the meet, BU beat out three ranked teams including: Notre Dame (No. 16), Vanderbilt (No. 24) and Utah (No. 28).

In Montoya’s last time at the Notre Dame Invitational, she ran 17:50.9 in 2013, finishing 41st. Over the course of three years, the Rogers, Ark., native improved by over 80 seconds and 37 spots.

Montoya’s performance helped the Lady Bears jump from unranked to No. 21 in the country according to the USTFCCCA poll.

In the 20-year history of the Big 12, BU female runners have now been honored 23 times. Baylor's last conference weekly award winner was Montoya in 2015.

The Baylor women’s top runners will be back in action at Wisconsin Invitational on Oct. 14, in Madison, Wis. Meanwhile, a second group of other BU women’s runners will compete Friday at the Aggieland Open in College Station, Texas.

Following a fifth-place showing at the Notre Dame Invitational, the Baylor women's cross country team debuted at No. 21 in the week four edition of the National Coaches Poll released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). From KXXV News Channel 25.

The ranking is BU's first since being ranked No. 28 to start the 2015 season and its highest since being No. 19 at the end of 2014 season. The Lady Bears were among teams receiving votes for the first three polls of 2016 and have now been ranked in at least one poll in three-straight seasons. On Monday, Baylor also moved up to No. 3 in the USTFCCCA's South Central region rankings, which is its highest ranking since being No. 2 in the fifth week of the 2015 season.

Over the weekend, Baylor placed fifth in a field of 23 teams at the Notre Dame Invitational. The Lady Bears beat out three ranked teams in that meet including: Notre Dame (No. 16), Vanderbilt (No. 24) and Utah (No. 28).

BU is the second-highest ranked Big 12 team, behind Oklahoma State (No. 14) and ahead of Iowa State (No. 26) and West Virginia (No. 30).

The Baylor women’s top runners will be back in action at Wisconsin Invitational on Oct. 14, in Madison, Wis.

Football Slow Motion Highlights and Dave Campbell

Dave Campbell, founder of Texas Football Magazine has lots to say about Saturday’s game with Iowa State. The Bears seem to have really impressed him this week. The full story can be found at Baylor Bears dot com.

In my 62 years of covering college football games, I have seen and covered at least a dozen INCREDIBLE comebacks, maybe more. Among those that come quickly to mind include the Texas Longhorns’ late fourth quarter winning comeback against Arkansas, 15-14, in the “Big Shootout” played in Fayetteville, Ark., in December of 1969; the Longhorns’ 41-38 victory over Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl in January of 2006; Texas A&M’s 7-6 victory (the “Hurricane Game”) over TCU in 1956; Texas’ 15-13 victory over A&M in 1963 and Baylor’s 61-58 victory over TCU in 2014. Of course, Baylor fans also are going to point to the Bears’ 34-24 victory over Texas in 1974.

That was a shocker, all right; the Bears had never beaten a Darrell Royal-coached team going back to Royal’s first season at Texas in 1957. But that 1974 victory was achieved all through the second half, not at the last minute. And you will note that several of those unforgettable comebacks were made on the winners’ home turf.

But now I have a new candidate for last-minute triumphs, and put together on the road: Baylor’s 45-42 victory over Iowa State achieved at Iowa State’s Jack Trice Stadium last Saturday (Oct. 1) before a full house of 50,842 and a television audience that watched the thriller on Fox Sports 1.

WacoTrib’s John Werner says the bye week means the Bears will be focusing on fundamentals, sorely lacking at Ames. More at BearsExtra.

After surviving a 45-42 road win over Iowa State, Baylor coach Jim Grobe is using the bye week to get back to fundamentals.The No. 13 Bears improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12, but they needed to outscore the Cyclones 17-0 in the fourth quarter to pull off the win.

“After Saturday, we have to get better at being a better fundamental football team and that’s what we’ll work on this week,” Grobe said in this week’s Big 12 coaches call. “We have a lot of mistakes to correct defensively and certainly some things offensively.”

Title IX

Former Title IX Coordinator Patty Crawford is interviewed on CBS This Morning. It is unclear now exactly what is going on but we’ll try to get you as many different looks at this story as possible.

KWTX TV in their ongoing investigation of the Baylor Scandal has been covering the issues regarding Patty Crawford for some time now. KWTX has more from their viewpoint on this story.

Last month KWTX obtained a secretly recorded audio tape of a meeting between Crawford and members of the athletic staff in late July in which Crawford expressed frustration with the administration.

She told the group she had begun to refuse to share names of those involved in Title IX investigations with Baylor administrators, fearful that the officials might take action before those involved in the investigations receive due process.

“That's what we talked about this week, I said this has to be very clear that at this point, no one is going to know, other than our office, who these people are, what their names are, where this is going”, Crawford says.

“Because there have been occasions where I've been called on my cellphone on a Sunday morning by a board member wanting names.”

Crawford also told the group she felt like the football team had been unfairly targeted, noting just two football players have been convicted of sexual assault during Briles’ tenure at Baylor.

“A very small percentage of our cases have anything to do with athletics”, Crawford said in the meeting, of which KWTX obtained a recording.

“And I've made that very clear to our leadership. This is not an athletics issue in the sense of violence and all these things, this is a human issue.”

The WacoTrib is also reporting on this story.

“Ms. Crawford wants to make sure her story is told so the public knows what is really going on at Baylor, and women there can receive the protection they deserve,” Dunn said in the release. “Patty is justifiably proud of what she was able to accomplish, but also profoundly troubled by what she views as Baylor’s efforts to impede her ability to fully perform her Title IX responsibilities.”

Media reports Tuesday afternoon indicated Baylor offered Crawford a $1.5 million settlement in response to a human resources complaint alleging retaliation that Crawford filed against Reagan Ramsower, Baylor’s chief operating officer and senior vice president.

Ramsower stripped Crawford of her authority to handle Title IX complaints, according to KWTX-TV, which cited unnamed sources. Ramsower, who leads Baylor’s Sexual Assault Task Force, did not reply to a voicemail Tuesday.

The report said Crawford also balked at a $50,000 confidentiality agreement and Dunn countered with a $2 million settlement, which Baylor refused.

However, when asked about the dollar figures in that report, Baylor spokeswoman Tonya Lewis said in an email Crawford’s “demand for 1 million dollars was surprising and her request to retain book and movie rights was troubling, and we can’t explain her motivation.”

Referring to a Tribune-Herald interview with Crawford, Lewis said, “We were surprised by the action, given her comments in August to the Trib about the support she felt from across the university.”

Lewis said she is legally constrained from providing further details of the mediation.