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Daily Bears Report 1/13/2018 - News Not MBB (Baylor asked Briles not to speak at AFCA?)

Football coaching change. Lady Bears Fab Five Recruits Dominating Watch Lists.

NCAA Basketball: Texas at Baylor Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

Soccer

SOC's De Lima Called up to Brazilian National Team - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, RIO DE JANEIRO – Baylor soccer senior midfielder Aline De Lima received a call-up to the full Brazilian Women’s National Team, Confederação Brasileira De Futebol (CBF), joining her native country’s squad to train for the Copa Amèrica de Chile, running April 4-22, 2018.

Tennis

Bendeck and Petersen Advance at Sherwood Collegiate Cup - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, 11th-ranked Baylor men's tennis saw two players advance to the main draw singles quarterfinals after day one of the Sherwood Collegiate Cup Friday at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Baylor Mens Tennis Heads to Sherwood Collegiate Cup - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, All nine players from the 11th-ranked Baylor men's tennis team will open their 2018 spring season at the Sherwood Collegiate Cup Friday through Monday at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Track & Field

Fresh legs: Baylor track teams buoyed by influx of speed, talent, WacoTrib, It’s time to let the kids loose — let them run and play.

Track & Field Opens 2018 Indoor Season at Texas Tech Corky Classic - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor's track and field team will begin the 2017 indoor season by competing at the inaugural Texas Tech Corky Classic Saturday, Jan. 13 at the brand-new Sports Performance Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Indoor Men's Track & Field Preview - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Head coach Todd Harbour and the men's squad look to make their marks in the history books this spring.

Volleyball

Baylor Volleyball Adds Two Spring Enrollees to 2018 Roster - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor volleyball head coach Ryan McGuyre added mid-year enrollees Shanel Bramschreiber and Bri Coleman to the team after their arrival on campus for the spring semester this week.

Lady Bears Basketball

OBF Note: The Lady Bears moved up to No. 5 in both polls this week.

Baylor Lady Bears' Kalani Brown, Lauren Cox form unstoppable post duo, MechelleVoepel, Just how good is fifth-ranked Baylor? The dean of Big 12 coaches says the Lady Bears are "borderline impossible to guard." Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox lead the way at both ends, combining for 36.6 points and 17.7 boards.

Brown Named to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor women’s basketball junior Kalani Brown is included on the Wendy’s Midseason Top 25 list for the 2018 John R. Wooden Award, the organization announced Thursday afternoon. The John R. Wooden Award has been presented to the collegiate female basketball Player of the Year since the Women’s Award was established in 2004.

2018 Class Nominated as McDonalds All-Americans - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, All five members of the 2018 Baylor women’s basketball recruiting class have been nominated for McDonald’s All-American recognition. The nation’s top recruiting class is comprised of NaLyssa Smith (Converse, Texas), Honesty Scott-Grayson (Brick, N.J.), Queen Egbo (Houston, Texas), Aquira DeCosta (Sacramento, Calif.) and Caitlin Bickle (Cave Creek, Ariz.).

Naismith Trophy Midseason List Includes Four Recruits - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, For the second day in a row, the Lady Bears’ top-rated 2018 recruiting class received national recognition. Forward Aquira DeCosta (Sacramento, Calif.), center Queen Egbo (Houston, Texas), guard Honesty Scott-Grayson (Brick, N.J.) and forward NaLyssa Smith (Converse, Texas) were named to the 2018 Naismith Trophy Midseason Girls Basketball Watch List by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Thursday morning.

No. 5/5 WBB Battles Oklahoma Sunday - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, The No. 5/5 Baylor Lady Bears (14-1, 4-0) return from their bye week with a road contest at Oklahoma (7-8, 2-2) on Sunday, Jan. 14. Tip off is set for 1 p.m. (CT).

Sooners Host No. 5 Baylor Sunday - Oklahoma Sooners, The Sooners return home to face No. 5/5 Baylor on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT inside Lloyd Noble Center.

Football

Evan Cooper Promoted As 10th Assistant Coach - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor director of player personnel Evan Cooper has been promoted as the football program’s 10th assistant coach, head coach Matt Rhule announced Thursday.

John Werner: Timing doesn't feel right for a Rhule jump to NFL, WacoTrib, It’s quite understandable that Baylor fans would feel upset and shaken when ESPN reported Wednesday that Matt Rhule has interviewed for the Indianapolis Colts’ head coaching job.

Matt Rhule reportedly turns down Colts to remain with Baylor football - CBSSports.com, Rhule was 1-11 in his first season at Baylor.

Matt Rhule reportedly pulls name from Indianapolis Colts’ search for a new head coach, NBCSports, Rhule just recently finished a 1-11 season in his first year at Baylor.

Colts coaching search: Report says Baylor coach Matt Rhule will stay there, IndyStar, He has been Baylor's coach for one season after success at Temple.

Baylor football coach Matt Rhule says no to Indianapolis Colts, BearsIllustrated, Matt Rhule spoke with his team on Thursday afternoon, telling them he turned down the Colts and will be their coach.

Baylor AD Mack Rhoades reaffirms Matt Rhule’s commitment to team, DieHards, Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades attempted to quiet rumors about head coach Matt Rhule leaving the program for the NFL.

Report: Matt Rhule rejects Colts, will stay at Baylor for Season 2, DieHards, After reports surfaced that Matt Rhule interviewed for the head coaching vacancy with the Indianapolis Colts, it appears Rhule is staying at Baylor.

Matt Rhule’s brief NFL flirtation reveals Baylor’s unhealed wounds, DieHards, Baylor coach Matt Rhule reportedly interviewed for an NFL job over the weekend. While it's ultimately harmless, it was somewhat tone deaf.

Scandall News

The rationale Artwork Briles didn’t communicate at a coaches’ conference | Kaplan Herald, Multiple sources confirmed that Baylor University athletic director Mack Rhoades and Baylor football coach Matt Rhule leaned on Berry and asked that Briles not be part of the event.

“That is not true. They did not ask me to do that. That is inaccurate,” Berry said in a phone interview on Thursday. “[The AFCA] handles a lot of different issues from motivation to strategy, and we want to make sure our coaches are exposed to a lot of social issues that are out there. That is our role. Coach Briles was ready to talk with our coaches and help them understand what they needed to do. I knew we would catch some flak over this, but I thought our coaches would learn something and that he had a very powerful message.

“[Briles] and I talked about this and we both agreed that it was not the right time for his message to get out there. I am saddened by it because I think there are some things he could offer our coaches that they could benefit from hearing. It is what it is. Baylor did not ask me to cancel his event. We did have some discussions (emphasis added) and I ultimately decided this was best.”

Through a Baylor spokesman, both Rhoades and Rhule vehemently deny they asked Berry to cancel Briles’ appearance.

How are schools vetting Art Briles' former assistants? WacoTrib, A bid to better their football team’s offense put University of Houston officials on the defensive this past week.

Baylor won’t say which coaches are to blame for its sexual assault scandal. How are other schools vetting them? | The Texas Tribune, Football coaches who worked at Baylor University during a major sexual assault scandal are looking for new jobs at new colleges, but Baylor still won't publicly say whether those coaches did anything wrong while in their old jobs.