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Two Baylor Regents Resign, Athletics Update and Behind the Scenes

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Baylor Athletics Update

Behind the Scenes With Chardonae Fuqua’ and John Morris

Fan Posting

TNBear is back with his Air War series where game by game he breaks down the distribution per down and area of the field for every pass thrown. [Glossary. Cathartic: providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotion. Grousing: complain pettily; grumble.]

What follows is a pass distribution chart that I started making last season for my own benefit, then worked out a way to share it with the ODB community. It’s certainly not professional (I may be off a yard or two and my graphics are bush league) but the charts do reveal some interesting trends in distributing the ball and, occasionally, a surprise or two.

Baylor Regents

Two Baylor Regents have resigned. WacoTrib has the story. Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t be sports related but these days, what’s normal?

Two members of Baylor University’s board of regents have resigned after taking on new professional roles, Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said.Robert Morris University President Christopher Howard and Kathy Wills Wright, who recently joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s staff, notified the board of their resignations in July.

The Baylor Lariat has a Q&A sit down with Baylor Regent Kim Stevens.

On a daily basis, we’re like a lot of other people you know. You know, we go to work every day, we have families; I do laundry and shop at H-E-B. So you take us out of that, and you kind of blend in the role of a regent. We get a lot of emails from Baylor, just keeping us up to date with things that might be in the news or achievements that students are doing or “here’s a list of activities going on this week,” … so that we can be aware of what happens on campus.

We have emails within the board that might be discussions of “here’s something we need to talk about,” or a conference call that might get woven in. And then we have our quarterly meetings, and on those weeks … you just kind of go off the radar. It consumes those two or three days depending on how long the meetings are.

Baylor seeks dismissal of Title IX lawsuits. From WacoTrib:

Attorneys for Baylor filed five separate motions to dismiss the lawsuits and asked for permission to file one under seal, according to court documents filed late last week.

The plaintiffs, identified in the lawsuits as Jane Doe 1 through Jane Doe 6, filed their claims in Waco’s U.S. District Court in the wake of a scandal that led to the removal of Ken Starr as Baylor president and Art Briles as head football coach. Ian McCaw also resigned as athletics director. Other suits against Baylor also remain pending.

Baylor’s motion asks that the suits be dismissed because the plaintiffs have failed to state a claim for which relief can be granted and, in most instances, are barred from filing the suits by the statute of limitations because some of the assaults occurred seven to 10 years ago.

Art Briles

Texas Monthly has published an article titled “What lies ahead for Art Briles?

The greatest coach in the history of Baylor football tried to launch a redemption tour this summer. To say it hasn’t gone very well is being polite.

Art Briles might be the best college coach this side of Nick Saban, but he’s lost his grip on reality. Acting on the advice of Hall of Famer Bill Parcells and others,Briles sp[ent the past few weeks visiting NFL training camps under the guise of seeing some of his former players. This may have been good advice had Briles simply visited with NFL coaches and not talked to reporters. I walked over to say hello to him after a Cowboys practice in Oxnard, California. We were quickly surrounded by a large group of reporters, and Briles made his most extensive comments since being fired by Baylor for his role in the school’s sexual assault scandal.

“I’m dumbfounded and trying to process everything as it goes, but it is what it is,” Briles said. “Reality is reality and so what I’ve got to do is redefine myself and start a new chapter. And that’s what I’m doing.”

Jeff Dunham