Saturday, December 16, 2017
Colleges

Baylor football turns to Jim Grobe to coach 2016 season

Scrambling to find a coach to lead its football program through a tumultuous time, Baylor hired a man known for turnarounds and integrity.

Former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe will replace Art Briles, Baylor announced Monday. Grobe was named acting coach, with no mention of how long of a contract he will receive.

A little more than an hour after the move was made official, Baylor announced that athletic director Ian McCaw had resigned, severing another tie with the sexual-assault scandal that tarnished the school's reputation.

Briles was ousted and McCaw placed on probation by Baylor last week after the release of a report commissioned by the school in Waco, Texas, that accused university leadership of not responding to or inappropriately handling allegations of sexual assault, some by members of the football team.

Grobe, 64, has been out of coaching for two seasons. He spent 13 years with Wake Forest, leading the Demon Deacons to some of their best seasons. Grobe was 77-82, including an ACC title and Orange Bowl appearance in 2006. He resigned after the 2013 season.

"It is an honor for me to have the opportunity to join the Baylor football program during this important time," Grobe said in a statement released by the school.

It is still unclear how much of the current Baylor coaching staff will remain. Briles's son, Kendal, is the offensive coordinator and Briles' son-in-law, Jeff Lebby, is running backs coach.

Baseball: Augie Garrido, who has the most wins in college history, is out after 20 seasons at Texas. The Longhorns missed the NCAA postseason for the third time in five years. Garrido, 77, had 1,975 victories and five national titles — three at Cal-State Fullerton and two with Texas. He had one year left on a contract worth nearly $1.1 million and had said he wouldn't resign and wanted to stay. … Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard resigned after failing to make the NCAAs the past two seasons.

Men's golf: Florida missed the cut at the end of stroke play at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., finishing last among the 15 teams who made it to the fourth round. (Florida State and USF were eliminated after Sunday's third round). The Gators shot 17-over 297 for a total of 1163. The top eight teams made today's match-play quarterfinals.

Lacrosse: North Carolina won the men's national championship, topping Maryland 14-13 on Chris Cloutier's overtime goal in Philadelphia. It was the first title for the Tar Heels since 1991.

Track and field: Florida has 13 entries in women's events and 12 in men's for the NCAA Championships, June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore. FSU has 10 women's and four men's entries, UCF has two women, USF has one male athlete and Bethune-Cookman has one female entrant.

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