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Daily Bears Reports 7/28: Former Employee Wants Pepper Hamilton Documents

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A former associate athletic director has filed a motion for access to documents related to his firing, which includes Pepper Hamilton documents. From Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach:

A Baylor athletic department employee who was fired in wake of the sexual assault scandal at the university has asked a Texas court to order the Baylor board of regents to produce the Pepper Hamilton report.

Thomas Hill, a former assistant athletic director for community relations and special projects, was fired in late May after 28 years at Baylor. According to his attorney, Rogge Dunn of Dallas, Hill was never given an explanation for his firing.

"Baylor summarily fired Mr. Hill without explanation or warning," a release from Hill's attorneys says. "In a rush to judgment, Baylor's Board of Regents made the decision to fire Mr. Hill without ever talking to him or getting his side of the story."

Dunn said he filed a Rule 202 Petition that asks a Dallas County court to order the board of regents to turn over materials related to Hill's firing, including the Pepper Hamilton report, and to allow him to interview various regents.

Navy as a football only option for Big 12 expansion? Bill Wagner of the Baltimore Sun likes the idea:

Navy has compiled a 111-56 (.665) record since 2003, amassing more wins than all but four programs in the Big 12 during that time. The Midshipmen have gone to bowl games 12 of the past 13 years and sold their entire allotment of tickets each time.

Navy has proven it can compete with the nation's best by posting 22 wins over Power Five Conference (previously Bowl Championship Series) schools. That is the most of any program from the so-called "Group of Five" conferences.

Woman’s soccer player Jackie Crowther had the honor of training with the Mexican National Team. From Baylorbears.com:

For the fourth time in her soccer career, Baylor sophomore forward Jackie Crowther trained with a Women’s Mexican National Team.

One of 24 players to participate, Crowther spent time in Mexico and in the U.S. practicing with Mexico’s U-20 Women’s National Team as the squad prepares for its competition in the 2016 World Cup in New Guinea that will be held from Nov. 13 through Dec.

The Associated Press lists Seth Russell as one of six players who could decide the Big 12 title. From the Waco Tribune-Herald:

Russell is coming off neck surgery that ended his 2015 season just as he was starting to get rolling (2,104 yards and 29 touchdown passes). He's been cleared to play, but the senior hasn't taken a hit since last season. Making Russell's recovery even more vital is the fact that Jarrett Stidham, last season's promising freshman backup, has decided to transfer. The Bears are a hard team to predict after a tumultuous offseason, but this much is certain: Russell must be as good as new for Baylor to have any shot to finish near the top of the Big 12.