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Daily Bears Report 9/20

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Video of Coach Grobe's Weekly Press Conference and Slow Mo Highlights, Volleyball and Soccer, all in today's report.

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Today's Event

Volleyball

vs North Texas

7:00 PM

Volleyball

Baylor volleyball (10-4) splits a pair of matches with instate opponents, hosting North Texas (6-8) on Tuesday, Sep. 20 at 7 p.m. and then travelling to face Stephen F. Austin (8-5) in Nacogdoches on Wednesday, Sep. 21 at 6:30 p.m. to close out the team’s nonconference schedule.  Baylor Bears dot com has the story and game info.

After playing a 16-game nonconference slate, the Bears will flip to the second half of the season, running through a 16-game gauntlet in Big 12 play, beginning Sunday, Sep. 25 vs. Kansas State at the Ferrell Center.

BU holds large all-time series leads over both squads, besting the Mean Green, 18-8, and the Lady Jacks, 23-9.

For the UNT match, fans can follow along with live video and audio on BaylorBears.com/allaccess.

Fans can listen to Baylor’s internet radio stream on the SFA trip and all other Baylor road trips at BaylorBears.com/allaccess.

Soccer

Football

Baylor football running back JaMycal Hasty was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, conference officials announced Monday.  From Baylor Bears dot com.

Hasty, a redshirt freshman, had 14 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown on the ground and also caught two passes for 26 yards in Baylor’s 38-10 win over Rice. He got Baylor on the board in the second quarter with a 16-yard TD run up the middle to put BU in front 7-3.

Late in the game, the Longview, Texas, native pulled off his biggest run of the night as he took a handoff on third and five at the BU 34-yard line and raced 31 yards to the Rice 35 to help the Bears use up almost six minutes on a fourth quarter drive.

For the game, Hasty led all BU rushers as he notched his first-career 100-yard contest and averaged 7.5 yards per carry. For the season, he ranks third in the Big 12 with 79.0 yards per game on the ground.

This is the first season that the league has awarded a newcomer honor and Hasty is the first Bear to claim the accolade. He joins safety Orion Stewart, who won the league’s Defensive Player of the Week award last week, as BU players to be recognized by the conference in 2016.

The Bears will now host Oklahoma State in their Big 12 Conference opener Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on FOX.

Baylor Head Coach Jim Grobe's press conference:

Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike Gundy's press conference:

Hooter Band

In response to the many tweets and discussions regarding the MOB's halftime performance during the Baylor game, Texas Monthly points out to Rice that they shouldn't throw stones in regard to rape on campus.

In 2012, a former Rice student named Olivia Hansen wrote an essay for the Thresher explainedhow, in her mind, the university maintained its high ranking for "happiest students" by ejecting students like her. Hansen wrote of her experience in reporting an abusive boyfriend to the university, in which she felt that her safety was not prioritized and was instead encouraged to withdraw. "Other women told me about their experiences with assault on campus," she wrote. "The perpetrators were rarely punished. Victim-blaming seemed to be a common theme." In 2014, Haghdoost wrote about the sexual violence training that incoming freshmen received at Rice, explaining that the takeaway was that "it’s worse for me to have Everclear in my room than it is for me to rape someone."

There are women who have been raped at Rice, just as there are women who have been raped at Baylor, and at many other school in the nation.

The WacoTrib suggests that the MOB is lacking in adult supervision and leadership.

Key lesson for Rice officials and MOB leadership: If you have to explain the joke, then it’s not a very good joke. Granted, in this case the Owl band had only music, scattering formations and a few glib references by the announcer to make the point. But given the complexity of the painful subjects lampooned — including Title IX policy on gender violence — the point was clearly lost on many.

Second key lesson: Anytime rape or sexual assault is involved, don’t even think twice about using it as a subject for levity. Scrap the idea. Jettison it. Those in the far-flung Baylor universe disagree vehemently on almost everything about the past year. But no one we’ve met thinks this is grist for the humor mill, sophomoric or satiric. Any adults involved in the MOB on-field antics Friday should have known better.

Baylor fans should redirect any anger regarding this episode and focus on more important matters, even as they accept that scandals such as that unfolding at Baylor over the past year will be used, fairly or not, to define Baylor if not to lampoon or lambaste it. Just as the First Amendment allows football athletes to disrespect our country at the playing of the national anthem, so too it allows college bands, with or without mature supervision, to make folly of a tragic situation. It likewise permits us to boo our heads off before presumably doing all we can to right wrongs back on home turf.