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2016 Baylor Bears football
Cactus Bowl champion
Cactus Bowl, W 31–12 vs. Boise State
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
2016 record7–6 (3–6 Big 12)
Head coachJim Grobe (interim)
Offensive coordinatorKendal Briles (2nd season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorPhil Bennett (6th season)
Home stadiumMcLane Stadium
(Capacity: 45,140)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →

Template:2016 Big 12 football standings The 2016 Baylor Bears football team represented Baylor University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bears were coached by interim head coach Jim Grobe[1] in their 118th football season. This was the team's third season in McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas. The Bears were members of the Big 12 Conference. They finished the season 7–6, 3–6 in Big 12 play to finish in a three-way tie for sixth place. They were invited to Cactus Bowl where they defeated Boise State.

RecruitingEdit

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Overall recruiting rankings:
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.
Sources:


National Signing Day was on February 3, 2016.

ScandalEdit

In September 2015, following the conviction of former players Sam Ukwuachu[2][3][4][5][6] and Tevin Elliott of sexual assault, along with allegations against other players, the school commissioned law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP to conduct an independent external investigation regarding the university's handling of sexual violence. In April 2016, former player Shawn Oakman was arrested on sexual assault charges as well.[7] Head coach Art Briles was terminated on May 26, 2016 following the presentation of Pepper Hamilton's report. University President Ken Starr and Athletic Director Ian McCaw also resigned.[8] Former Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe was hired on an interim basis.[9][10]

Following the threat of a lawsuit by Briles for wrongful termination, Baylor provided an out of court settlement. Briles and Baylor are co-defendants in a lawsuit filed by a woman allegedly sexually assaulted by a football player.[11] After Briles' departure, many players announced their intention to transfer including Jarrett Stidham. Seven members of the 2016 recruiting class requested to be released from their National Letter of Intent, and six of the then-seven commits in the 2017 recruiting class decommitted.[12]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 26:30 p.m.Northwestern State*No. 23FSNW 55–744,849
September 102:30 p.m.SMU*No. 23
  • McLane Stadium
  • Waco, Texas
FS1W 40–1345,499
September 167:00 p.m.at Rice*No. 21ESPNW 38–1027,047
September 246:30 p.m.Oklahoma StateNo. 16
  • McLane Stadium
  • Waco, Texas
FOXW 35–2445,373
October 111:00 a.m.at Iowa StateNo. 13FS1W 45–4250,842
October 152:30 p.m.KansasdaggerNo. 11
  • McLane Stadium
  • Waco, Texas
FS1W 49–747,598
October 292:30 p.m.at TexasNo. 8ABCL 34–3597,822
November 52:30 p.m.TCUNo. 13
  • McLane Stadium
  • Waco, Texas (Rivalry)
FOXL 22–6248,129
November 1211:00 a.m.at No. 9 OklahomaNo. 25ABC/ESPN2L 24–4586,249
November 1911:00 a.m.Kansas State
  • McLane Stadium
  • Waco, Texas
ESPN2L 21–4243,581
November 255:00 p.m.vs. Texas TechESPNL 35–5441,656
December 32:30 p.m.at No. 14 West VirginiaFS1L 21–2449,229
December 279:15 p.m.vs. Boise State*ESPNW 31–1233,328
Schedule Source:[13]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll

 

AP 23 23 21 16 13 13 11 9 8 13 25 NR NR NR NR NR

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Coaches 21 19 19 15 13 11 8 8 6–T 13 25 RV NR NR NR NR

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CFP Not released 17 NR NR NR NR NR

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Game summariesEdit

Northwestern StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Demons 0 0 7 0 7
#23 Bears 24 24 7 0 55



Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 2014 BAY, 70–6

SMUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mustangs 6 0 7 0 13
#23 Bears 0 6 20 14 40



Overall record Last meeting Result
38–36–7 2015 BAY, 56–21

at RiceEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#21 Bears 0 21 10 7 38
Owls 0 10 0 0 10



Overall record Last meeting Result
48–30–2 2015 BAY, 70–17

Oklahoma StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 7 7 10 0 24
#16 Bears 7 14 7 7 35



Overall record Last meeting Result
15–19 2015 BAY, 45–35

at Iowa StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Bears 7 14 7 17 45
Cyclones 14 14 14 0 42



Overall record Last meeting Result
8–6 2015 BAY, 45–27

KansasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 0 0 7 0 7
#11 Bears 21 21 7 0 49



Overall record Last meeting Result
11–4 2015 BAY, 66–7

at TexasEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Bears 14 7 10 3 34
Longhorns 14 9 3 9 35



Overall record Last meeting Result
26–75–4 2015 TEX, 23–17

TCUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Horned Frogs 10 28 10 14 62
#13 Bears 7 7 0 8 22



Overall record Last meeting Result
52–53–7 2015 TCU, 28–21

at OklahomaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Bears 0 10 7 7 24
#9 Sooners 14 7 14 10 45



Overall record Last meeting Result
3–22 2015 OU, 44–34

Kansas StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 7 21 14 42
Bears 0 14 0 7 21



Overall record Last meeting Result
6–7 2015 BAY, 31–24

vs. Texas TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 14 7 7 35
Red Raiders 20 21 10 3 54



Overall record Last meeting Result
37–36–1 2015 BAY, 63–35

at West VirginiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 0 14 0 7 21
#14 Mountaineers 3 7 7 7 24



Overall record Last meeting Result
2–2 2015 BAY, 62–38

Boise State–Cactus BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 6 0 6 12
Bears 7 14 3 7 31




Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Baylor AD Ian McCaw quits same day Jim Grobe named interim coach". 31 May 2016. http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/15834890/baylor-bears-hire-jim-grobe-interim-coach. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  2. Kalland, Robby. "Baylor DE Sam Ukwuachu guilty of sexual assault, sentenced Friday". CBS Sports. http://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/baylor-de-sam-ukwuachu-guilty-of-sexual-assault-sentenced-friday/. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  3. Auerbach, Nicole. "Baylor's Art Briles says his team is focused on SMU, not Sam Ukwuachu". https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/big12/2015/08/31/art-briles-baylor-sam-ukwuachu/71459256/. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  4. Bonesteel, Matt (August 21, 2015). "A Baylor football player was convicted of rape. The school may have tried to keep it quiet.". The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2015/08/21/baylor-football-player-sam-ukwuachu-was-convicted-of-rape-had-the-school-had-its-way-no-one-would-have-found-out-about-it/. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  5. Witherspoon`, Tommy. "Former Baylor player gets probation, 180 days in jail for sexual assault". Waco Tribune-Herald. http://www.wacotrib.com/news/courts_and_trials/former-baylor-player-gets-probation-days-in-jail-for-sexual/article_2237b55e-2d1e-5cd2-b85a-4cac2576a3c8.html. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  6. Barry, Horn. "Ex-Baylor player Sam Ukwuachu convicted of sexual assault denied new trial". The Dallas Morning News. http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/college-sports/collegesheadlines/2015/10/26/ex-baylor-player-sam-ukwuachu-convicted-sexual-assault-denied-new-trial. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  7. Brady, James. "Baylor DE Shawn Oakman arrested for sexual assault". https://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2016/4/8/11390160/shawn-oakman-sexual-assault-investigation-baylor. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  8. Peralta, Eyder. "'As A Matter Of Conscience,' Ken Starr Resigns As Baylor University's Chancellor". NPR. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/01/480314493/as-a-matter-of-conscience-ken-starr-resigns-as-baylor-universitys-chancellor. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  9. Bennett, Anthony. "Will Baylor Face NCAA Charges in the Sexual Assault Scandal?". Heavy. http://heavy.com/sports/2016/05/art-briles-fired-ncaa-scandal-sexual-assault-football/.
  10. "Timeline: Baylor sexual assault controversy". Waco Tribune-Herald. http://www.wacotrib.com/news/higher_education/timeline-baylor-sexual-assault-controversy/article_abf21ab8-2267-51bf-84d8-6268f4222af0.html. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  11. "Report: Baylor reaches contract settlement with Art Briles". Sports Illustrated. SI Wire. https://www.si.com/college-football/2016/06/17/baylor-sexual-assault-art-briles-contract-settlement. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  12. Hutchins, Andy; Elliott, Bud. "Baylor's 2017 recruiting class is basically gone, and 7 freshmen want out". https://www.sbnation.com/college-football-recruiting/2016/5/29/11787014/baylor-football-roster-recruiting-transfers-art-briles-fired. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  13. "2016 Baylor Bears Football Schedule". FB Schedules. http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-16/big-12/2016-baylor-bears-football-schedule.php. Retrieved January 31, 2016.[dead link]
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