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Report: Baylor Set To Hire Jim Grobe as Interim Coach

Also say the assistant staff will stay intact.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

24/7 sports is reporting that Baylor is set to announce former Wake Forest Coach Jim Grobe as the Interim Head Football Coach for 2016.

At first blush this struck me as an excellent move. Grobe gave Wake Forest the best 13 years of football in their history, and from 2006-08 the Demon Deacons were 28-6. He is respected for being a coach of high integrity, with lots of experience in working at a small private school in a Power 5 conference.

Grobe was out of the game last year and admitted that he should have probably taken either the Nebraska or Arkansas jobs when they were offered. The jobs went to Bo Pellini and Bobby Pretrino.

He also took full blame for his last two seasons at Wake Forest  that ended with 3-9 records, and he blamed a change in recruiting as part of the downfall, when he took some more talented players that were "knuckleheads."

"We kind of got away from that dynamic and started recruiting a little bit better player who probably doesn't have a good enough love for the game," Grobe said. "Quite frankly, I ended up spending a lot of time last year with five knotheads who were always missing class, missing study hall, missing tutoring, late to meetings, late to practices, and ultimately I just wouldn't play them. They were very talented kids who could have helped us win games. There's no question I could have done a better job."

All well and good.

Then 24/7 also reported that the entire assistants staff  would be retained for 2016.

Really?  Art Briles is the sole member of the athletics department that took part in witness intimidation?  Art Briles is the sole member of the Baylor coaching staff that knew about the accusations?

That's not what the Pepper Hamilton report indicates.

From the 15-page "findings" released by Baylor.

"Football coaches or staff met directly with a complainant [as in, an alleged sexual assault victim] and/or a parent of a complainant and did not report the misconduct."

And a little later there is this.

"Some football coaches and staff took improper steps in response to disclosures of sexual assault or dating violence that precluded the University from fulfilling its legal obligations. Football staff conducted their own untrained internal inquiries," the law firm writes elsewhere.

Somehow I don't think that Baylor's administration fully understands the situation they are in.