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Monday, July 25, 2011
Bad news Bears on the eve of Media Days

By David Ubben

Josh Gordon is a 6-foot-4, 215-pound receiver somehow flying under the radar across the conference and definitely on the national scale, but that looked like something that could change early in 2011.

For now, though, those hopes are on hold.

Baylor's Josh Gordon
Baylor suspended receiver Josh Gordon indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
Gordon, who colleague Mel Kiper had as college football's No. 3 receiver prospect among juniors, has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

"Josh has been suspended from our program for team rules violations," Baylor coach Art Briles said. "This disciplinary action, as all past and future actions, will be handled internally."

Briles won't be commenting on it at media days later today, where Baylor is scheduled to step to the microphone, but for Gordon, this isn't a good sign.

Last October, he was arrested at a Taco Bell near campus after being found passed out, and police found marijuana in the car.

Safe to say this is strike two for one of the league's most promising players. For Baylor, it could put a damper on their early season plans, too.

Gordon didn't miss any game time last year for the arrest, and was on the field a week later. This time around, it's hard to imagine him suiting up for the season opener against TCU, a Top 25 team that beat the Bears 45-10 last year.

Gordon is a huge piece, literally and figuratively, for the Bears offense, and if he's not on the field, Baylor's upset chances take a huge hit.

Though, considering Gordon's history, Briles' reputation could take a hit if Gordon is on the field. Not a fun situation to be in for either party.

Baylor has one of the league's best and deepest receiving corps, but Gordon is the second target behind Kendall Wright and caught 42 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns. He led the Big 12 in yards per reception last year, with an astounding 17 yards per catch as the deep threat that helps make room for Wright to operate in space against defenses.

We'll see if he gets a chance to build on his numbers from last year in the Bears' season opener on Sept. 2, a Friday night game against the Horned Frogs on ESPN.