2016 season massive for Baylor recruiting (1:20)
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21hHeather Dinich

Why Jim Grobe is the perfect choice for Baylor

Just days after a scathing investigative report, Baylor needed a stable, respected hand to take over for fired coach Art Briles. And the Bears couldn't have done much better than Jim Grobe.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jim Grobe statement on his hiring as Baylor's interim coach today: "It is an honor for me to have the opportunity to join the Baylor football program during this important time. I am looking forward to getting to know and working with the coaches and players in the coming days, and I have great respect for Baylor as an institution and its long-standing heritage. As a coach, winning is important. At the same time, I want to assure the Baylor family that every decision we will make in this football program will be made with Baylor University, her students and our student-athletes in mind."

Jim Grobe tabbed as Interim coach at Baylor (1:29)

Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor has named Jim Grobe as its acting head coach during the 2016 season. The former Wake Forest coach takes over immediately. Here's a short comment from Grobe in Baylor's release about the hire:

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Irish-Horns may be closer than you think

Despite Notre Dame embarrassing Texas 38-3 in last season's opener, ESPN's FPI expects the rematch in Austin to be one of the closest games of the 2016 opening weekend. Top Week 1 matchups (Insider)

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Can Cougars top Sooners at NRG Stadium?

Houston comes off a 13-win season and a Peach Bowl victory over Florida State. Now, the Cougars get a showdown with Oklahoma in their home city. Top Week 1 matchups (Insider)

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1dJake Trotter

Could FedEx deliver Memphis to the Big 12?

FedEx has dangled sponsorship and other revenue to help land Memphis in the Big 12. But the shipping giant's money, and that of other big businesses, might not be enough.

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Baylor in crisis (6:33)
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Baylor loses 2 more commits amid Briles fallout

Baylor lost another two commitments in ESPN 300 receiver Hezekiah Jones and three-star safety Donovan Stiner following the announcement that coach Art Briles would be fired.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

With ESPN 300 receiver Hezekiah Jones' decommitment from Baylor Saturday evening, the Bears' 2017 recruiting class is essentially down to one commitment. While both ESPN 300 quarterback Kellen Mond and three-star safety Jalen Pitre remain officially committed, Mond is actively looking at Ohio State, Auburn and other schools. Jones backing off his commitment is a big loss for the Bears, but it also isn't a major surprise. Jones, the No. 16 receiver in the country, has continued to be heavily recruited by Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and many others even though he was a longtime Baylor commitment.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

As expected, Baylor is getting hammered by rival recruiters trying to lure away players that signed this past February as part of a top-20 class and the remaining three commits in the 2017 class. It's still not clear whether or not the signees will be given releases from their letters of intent, but many like No. 1 offensive guard Patrick Hudson don't plan to enroll in summer classes on Monday and are talking with other schools.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Another day, another player backs out of his pledge from Baylor. Saturday evening three-star safety Donovan Stiner tweeted he was no longer pledged to the Bears. This is the third recruit that has backed off a commitment to Baylor since Art Briles was fired Thursday. The Bears now have three commitments in the 2017 class, and two of those commitments are actively looking at other schools.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor's KD Cannon, one of the Big 12's top returning wide receivers, posted the following on his Twitter account tonight to address rumors he could transfer: "BAYLOR IS MY HOME AND THATS WHERE I WILL STAY AND FINISH MY COLLEGE CAREER."

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

Baylor lost its second commitment since Art Briles was fired when Houston (Texas) Bellaire lineman Jayden Peevy backed off his pledge Friday night. The Bears are now down to four pledges in the 2017 class, and two of those commits are actively looking around at other schools.

Jeremy Crabtree RecruitingNation 

A lot of folks in the media have speculated Texas and Texas A&M could benefit big time from Baylor signees if they get released from their national letter-of-intent, but several recruiters told me today TCU could be the biggest beneficiary. Quite a few of Baylor's 2016 recruits had the Horned Frogs as finalists.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Per a source, Baylor RB signee Kameron Martin doesn't plan to enroll next week and has asked for release from his letter of intent. Martin was a 4-star recruit and had been committed to Baylor since July 2014.

Maisel: Baylor fallout like going back in time a generation (6:53)
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4dJake Trotter

Source: OU's Mayfield benefits if new rule clears

The Big 12 is mulling a rule change that would allow walk-on transfers to play without sitting out a year, a source said. If the rule passes, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield would get an extra year.

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Andy Staples: NCAA shouldn't rule on Baylor

Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples covers the fate of Baylor's coaching staff, whether the NCAA will punish the Bears, the program's outlook and Mississippi's self-imposed sanctions.

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Now we know why Texas fired defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn in February. Vaughn is accused of multiple Level I violations in the NCAA's notice of allegations that Ole Miss released Friday morning. Vaughn, an assistant for the Rebels from 2008-11, reportedly engaged in an ACT fraud scheme for three recruits in 2010. He's also accused of helping provide impermissible benefits and lying to NCAA investigators.