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Daily Bears Report-Saturday 6/19

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Brian Pedersen of Bleacher Report listed Johnathan Motley as Baylor’s most explosive player and has the Bears ranked #16 next season:

Johnathan Motley came off the bench for nearly all of last season yet still managed to average 11.1 points per game in just less than 21 minutes of action. Extrapolate that to a full 40-minute average, and his 21.2 points was tops on Baylor in 2015-16.

A spark off the bench has been a staple of the Bears the last two seasons, as Taurean Prince was their leading scorer as a reserve in 2014-15. He moved into the starting lineup last year, which shifted Motley to sixth man, yet that served him well because he could come in and play with reckless abandon.

Phillip Ericksen of the Waco Tribune-Herald notes a former associate athletics director took to Facebook to claim Baylor made a mistake firing him because of the recent scandal:

“I am working hard to vindicate my reputation,” Hill wrote in his post. “I have worked tirelessly for Baylor University the last 28 years. I love the university, its students and, most importantly, its mission. Those are the reasons I came to Baylor and our kids go to school at Baylor. With support from you and others in the Baylor Community, I am optimistic that I will be vindicated. God is in control.”

There is no indication Hill has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Baylor.

Hill said he did not wish to comment for this article. Baylor officials, including Deputy Athletics Director Todd Patulski, also declined comment.

Soonersports.com has a preview of the Baylor and Oklahoma math-up in football:

Acting head coach Jim Grobe will look to keep the Baylor offense rolling after a 10-3 season a year ago that saw BU end the year with a 49-38 win over North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl thanks to a 645-yard rushing performance. Baylor, which began the year 8-0 before losing three of its final four regular season games, led the nation in scoring offense (48.1 points per game) and total offense (616.2 yards per game) a year ago despite injuries to multiple starting quarterbacks (four different players attempted at least 20 passes).

Jason King, Senior Columnist for Bleacher Report, spoke with David Smoak about the Briles settlement. You can listen to the audio here: http://stationcaster.com/stations/krzi/media/mp3/Jason_King_06_17_16-1466200172.mp3