Baylor Head Coach Search: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Position

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Baylor Head Coach Search: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Position
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With Baylor's football team experiencing a slide under caretaker head coach Jim Grobe, the program is exploring multiple options for his full-time replacement.

Continue for updates.

Baylor Still Paring Down Candidate List

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports reported there are still five or six candidates still in contention for the Baylor head coaching position.

On Monday, Travis Haney of 247Sports reported North Carolina's Larry Fedora, Colorado's Mike MacIntyre and California's Sonny Dykes are among the coaches in the mix.

Baylor Zeroing In on Dykes For Head Coaching Vacancy 

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Dykes is "expected to be the focus" of Baylor's search, according to Mark Schlabach of 

Morris Reportedly Out of Running

Monday, Nov. 28

Haney reported that "Baylor and [SMU head coach Chad] Morris are moving on."

Haney's sources said negotiations "hit a snag" over Morris' desire for "another in-state job driving the price tag" and Baylor's waning interest after SMU's loss to Navy in which it allowed 75 points.

On Nov. 22, Pat Doney of NBC 5 reported Morris had agreed in principle to take the Baylor job. However, Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports reported Doney's report was "not true" and that the job hasn't been offered to any candidate.

John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald later reported Morris hadn't even been contacted regarding the opening.

On Nov. 18, Haney reported Morris was among the candidates Baylor was considering.

Morris is just 7-17 in two seasons with the Mustangs, but they are 5-7 in 2016 and hold a victory over Houston. A source indicated to Haney that Baylor's higher-ups are comfortable with the idea of Morris being the school's next head coach.

Miles Reportedly Under Consideration

Friday, Nov. 18's Dennis Dodd noted Nov. 16 that former LSU head coach Les Miles is in the mix to be the next head coach at Baylor.

According to Dodd, Miles is open to the possibility of any Power Five job, including Baylor.

Miles is the most successful of all the options linked to Baylor with a national championship to his credit and seven 10-win seasons at LSU.

Baylor Has Slumped to End of Season

Grobe was installed as the Bears head coach after Art Briles was fired amid sexual assault allegations by Baylor students against some of his players.

Baylor started 6-0 under Grobe this season, but it has lost five straight and has struggled mightily on the defensive side.

Baylor has proved to be a contending team in recent years, as it won at least 10 games in four of five seasons from 2011 through 2015, but it has yet to get over the hump in terms of vying for a national championship.

The next head coach choice will be paramount in that regard, and the Bears need to make the right decision to regain the momentum lost when Briles departed.


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