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Daily Bears Reports 8/5: NCAA Considering Sex Violence Rules, Baylor Volleyball Picked Seventh in Big XII Preseason Poll, CampBU Day1!

SportingNews says to give Baylor a chance to prove the lessons they’ve learned.

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NCAA considering rules for handling sexual violence. USA Today has the story.

The NCAA Board of Governors – which comprises university CEOs from all three divisions – also voted to create a new committee that will "focus on strategies for prevention and continued education about sexual violence at colleges and universities," the association said a statement.

Sporting New says Baylor deserves a chance to show the lessons it is learning.

Give Grobe, Rhoades and the players the chance to be that short-term fix regardless of the punishment. Chances are they have been made aware of all the details and can anticipate the next story. That’s when the bashing will continue, and you’ll see those tweets over and over again. If you want the NCAA to levy the death penalty, close up shop and burn everything down, that’s one way to address the issue.

It just seems better to give a university and its football program a chance to show what they have learned.

Baylor Volleyball picked 7th in Big XII Preseason Poll. NewsWest 9 has the story.

Despite the seventh-place preseason ranking, the BU squad has its eyes on a much higher finish, entering the second year with head coach Ryan McGuyre at the helm of the program.

The Bears finished with a 17-13 overall record and a 5-11 mark in conference play in 2015, narrowly missing out on postseason play.


WacoTrib says Baylor is in a delicate spot as it opens preseason practice.

Grobe came out of a three-year retirement to try to stabilize the program after a 13-year stint at Wake Forest.

"I love the guy," Lynx Hawthorne said. "He’s very good at what he does. He’s got a pretty calm head and is super wise. His message has been we’ve got to stay together and we can’t get in trouble. We’ve got to stay smart and have each other’s backs."

Though the Bears have depth at some positions like running back, receiver, linebacker and the secondary, both sides of the line are alarmingly thin.

KVUE-ABC has some video.

Baylor is the 21st ranked program in the preseason coaches' poll. The Bears only have 70 players on scholarship. That's 15 below the maximum 85 scholarships.

But, Baylor has enough talent to win and compete for a Big 12 championship especially on offense. An offense which will be led by 5th year senior, Seth Russell. Russell returned after a neck injury cut his season short in 2015. Russell said he's humble now due to the injury, but added "I don't want to take advantage of any snap for granted or take any day for granted".

Senior quarterback Seth Russell challenges coach Grobe about who is the most anxious about starting football season. Baylor Bears dot com has the story.

"I don't think he broke his neck, did he?" said Russell, who missed the last six games of the 2015 season and most of the spring after undergoing neck surgery. "This is what we've been waiting on. I've been waiting a little bit longer than a lot of these guys. As a team, we're just real excited and ready to get going."

The Bear Pit


SBNation blog CowboysRideForFree has their 2016 Opponent Preview of the Bears posted.  Here is an excerpt:

This will be about the Bears more than the Cowboys.  OSU's passing game is a known entity, and we will already have learned whether or not the running game has improved.  The defense will likely be similar to last season.

Baylor, however, will be on full display for the nation.  This will undoubtedly be televised, and sans key injuries, the Bears will be formidable at home.  Plenty of offensive weapons return, and the defense has some experience in the back seven.  The questions up front might not be an issue if Gundy and Company can't figure out how to threaten their defense running the ball.

Baylor, while a little undermanned, will be fielding plenty of talent and a chip on their shoulder, and should be generally healthy this early in the season.  The core of the program is still in tact.  Until proven otherwise, OSU doesn't have a functioning running game, which takes the pressure off the Bears' inexperienced defensive line.