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Daily Bears Report: 6/30

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Mike Leslie of WFAA 8 reports on David Garland’s letter yesterday:

Baylor interim president David Garland sent a letter to the Baylor family on Wednesday night, outlining the process by which the university plans to respond to their sexual violence scandal that brought their football program to a crisis point, and cost the president, athletic director, and head football coach their jobs.

Cory Jefferson will be playing for the Mavs Summer League team.

The AP has a story via NBC Olympics on former Baylor sprinter Trayvon Bromell’s quest to make the Olympics:

Time healed those wounds and Bromell has bounced back to become one of the top American sprinters. The 20-year-old may even be the one to give Usain Bolt a run for the gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games if he makes the 100-meter team at Olympic Trials this week. It won't be automatic with Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers around, along with the fact that Bromell has been dealing with a tender Achilles in the lead-up to trials.

"My biggest dream was to go to the Olympics, but I never knew how I was going to be there," said Bromell, who kicks off his quest to reach Rio with a 100-meter heat Saturday and is entered in the 200. "If I could go as a spectator, just to sit and watch, my dream would have come true. But to actually be there and compete? I just might lose my mind."

Scott Drew was asked about recent events on a Big 12 Conference call, per Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News:

"It's enabled us to talk about Baylor University and for us to explain what measures our university is taking with the goals to make it one of the safest campuses in America," Drew said. "We want to make sure that we provide a safe, good positive environment for the students. Whenever that doesn't happen, we're all disappointed."

Brandon Chatman of ESPN lists Travon Blanchard as Baylor’s most versatile defender:

Watching Blanchard’s display against Oklahoma speaks volumes for his versatility. In the first quarter, he was collapsing the backfield to corral Sooners quarterbackBaker Mayfield and drop him for a loss. In the second quarter, he was streaking in front of Oklahoma star receiver Sterling Shepard to intercept Mayfield’s short pass on an out route. His versatility and playmaking was a staple of Baylor’s defense a year ago as he locked down a spot among the Big 12’s best defenders. Blanchard finished the season with 84 tackles including 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. With several Bears defenders moving on, Blanchard’s star will need to shine even brighter as a junior.