** Athletic director Ian McCaw had been placed on probation by Baylor University. He resigned yesterday (May 30, 2016), just after the Bears named Jim Grobe as its interim football coach.
** McCaw had been the A.D. since 2003. He probation was a result of Baylor’s investigation into its failure to properly handle sexual assault complaints and cases.
** Grobe, 64, is universally regarded as a person of integrity, faith, and great character with a near-spotless reputation. Said Associated Press’s Ralph Russo, “I have never met a more humble major college football coach than Jim Grobe. ESPN’s Joe Schad called Grobe “one of the most reputable, honorable coaches I’ve ever met.”
** In short Grobe could be considered the anti-Briles.
** He replaces Art Briles, the snake who held the position of head coach at Baylor for eight seasons and enjoyed great success on the field. Said Grobe, “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.”
** Also considered for the position were defensive coordinator Phil Bennett and former San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary, who was an All-American at Baylor.
** Grobe last coached in college in 2013. After that season, he resigned at Wake Forest. His team had gone 4-8 for his fifth straight losing season. Overall he coached at Wake for 13 seasons (2001 to 2013), had a 77-82 record and took the Demon Deacons to five bowl games. His 2006 team went a surprising 11-3 and won the ACC. He previously had gone 33-33-1 in six seasons at Ohio (1995 to 2000).
** Grobe does not have a lot of connections in the state of Texas and would probably need to win nine or 10 games in 2016 to keep his job on a permanent basis. With the talent on the Bears’ roster it’s doable.
** Will Baylor assistants be retained by Grobe or let go for their interference in sexual assault investigations? Probably some of each.
** Interestingly, Grobe was offered the Baylor job once before. It happened after the 2002 season, when Baylor fired Kevin Steele. Grobe opted to stay at Wake Forest following his first season there.