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Daily Bears Report 9/22: Jasmin Hernandez’s lawsuit against Art Briles has been dismissed.

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Will Baylor footbal finally wake up from hibernation? Volleyball extends win streak to eight.

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Volleyball

Baylor volleyball (12-4) held off a strong pushback from the Stephen F. Austin Lady Jacks (8-6), 25-23, 25-15, 21-25, 25-20, increasing its win streak to eight on Wednesday night at Shelton Gym. From Baylor Bears dot com.

After taking two quick set wins to take a 2-0 match lead, the Bears were knocked back in the third, the lone set where the Bears were held under .200 attacking.

In the fourth, the Bears trailed by five as late as 15-10. BU used a 6-0 run to regain the lead, trading points with the Lady Jacks into the back half of the set. Trailing 19-18, BU closed out the set and match on a 7-1 run to take the fourth set, 25-20.

Baylor opens the 16-match Big 12 conference season on Sunday, Sep. 25, at 2 p.m. vs. Kansas State in the Ferrell Center.

Lady Bears Basketball

Athena Sports Net brings us more on No. 18 recruit Alexis Morris.

Morris joins the incoming 2017 Baylor class with two other Texas players, Deauzya Richards (Houston, TX), a 6-foot-1 guard, and Trinity Oliver (Euless, TX), a 5-foot-9 guard and strong three-point shooter.

The reputation of Baylor basketball recruiting follows a solid 2016 freshman class of Lauren Cox (Flower Mound, TX), Calveion Landrum (Waco, TX) and Natalie Chou (Plano, TX), which ranked as the second best recruiting class in the nation.

According to the most recent USA Today Coaches Poll, Baylor ranks as No. 4 in the nation for women’s collegiate basketball with a 33-1 record. Baylor has also won six straight Big 12 titles.

While Morris is a point-guard, she does not consider that as her true title. Depending on how each game unfolds, she adjusts her mid-range game and defense accordingly.

Morris’ goal for her final high school season is to win a state title for Legacy. As far as her future with Baylor goes, she is focusing on perfecting her three.

Football

WacoTrib’s Brice Cherry breaks down the Baylor running back situation and says, “Given how productive each of Baylor’s top three rushers have been, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense to put any of them in park right now.”

Serving on a committee can be an inglorious pursuit.Since the job of running back becomes smoother as the ball carrier finds a rhythm, the running back-by-committee approach would seem to limit chances for glory. But in the view of Baylor’s coaches, it may lead to exactly the opposite.

By distributing carries relatively evenly among its top three backs, Baylor aims to reduce the chance of injury and increase each guy’s freshness factor. The position demands a physical grind, and the Bears hope to trample teams with their running game with a revolving door of backs.

Football Highlights and Press Review

From John Morris, Voice of the Bears.

From Joel Klatt and Fox Sports.

Football Non Conference Recap

Baylor at Rice in 22 minutes.

Baylor vs. SMU in 23 minutes.

Baylor vs. Northwestern State in 18 minutes.

NFL Baylor Bears

Corey Coleman broke his hand in practice yesterday. Cleveland dot com has the story.

He was injured when he caught a pass and someone came down on the hand. Practice is only open to the media for the first 20 minutes and it happened after that.

He underwent X-rays after practice, which confirmed the break. He'll see a hand specialist Thursday morning to determine the extent of the break and whether or not he'll need surgery.

And now there is a warrant out for Josh Gordon’s arrest.

Scandal

Former Baylor football coach Art Briles and former athletic director Ian McCaw were dismissed Wednesday from a lawsuit brought by woman who said they and the school ignored her claims that she was raped by a former player who was later convicted. CBS News has the story.

The men had been named in Jasmin Hernandez’s lawsuit against Bayor as co-defendants in their “official capacity.” But Briles’ lawyers argued both men could not be sued in their official role under the Title IX federal gender discrimination law cited in the lawsuit.

“Coach Art Briles is very happy he has been dismissed as a defendant in this case. Plaintiffs may very well allege future claims against him and we will take those on if and when they are filed,” Briles’ attorney, Kenneth Tekell, said.

Hernandez sued in March, claiming Baylor knew that former player Tevin Elliott had a history of assaults, failed to protect her and others who were attacked, and ignored her pleas when she sought help after her assault in 2012. Elliott was later convicted of raping Hernandez and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Briles’ lawyers argued he couldn’t be sued as an individual in a Title IX lawsuit and that claims he ignored warnings of a sexual predator on his team were based on hearsay. They have also argued that Texas’ limited liability standards won’t apply to Briles if sued in state court.

Big XII to tackle issues of domestic violence and sexual assault at its next State of College Athletics Forum. Save this link so you can WATCH LIVE next Wednesday.

The Big 12 Conference has announced the lineup for its fifth "State of College Athletics" Forum to continue examining issues facing college athletics. The Forum, "Campus Violence – Finding Solutions," will be held on Wednesday, September 28, at 4:00 p.m. CT, at the Belo Mansion & Pavilion in Dallas, and will center on domestic violence and sexual assault.

"There is nothing more important to campus life than providing a safe environment for all college students," said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. "This opportunity for an open and honest dialogue on the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault will help to provide an understanding in addressing and finding solutions to its causes."