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Former Tennesse RB Jalen Hurd to play WR at Baylor, per report

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Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd will become Baylor wide receiver Jalen Hurd, according to a report from ESPN’s Jake Trotter.

Hurd announced on Halloween he would leave the Vols roster, seeking a change in position as well as scenery. After visits to Ohio State and Louisville, Hurd trekked to Waco for the Bears’ spring game on Saturday, where he indicated on Twitter afterward that he would become a Bear.

Trotter filed afterward, citing a source, that Hurd will indeed become the latest member of the Bears’ wide receiving corps.

Hurd is a physical freak that will excel at whatever position he plays. As a 6-foot-2 running back, he toted the rock 589 times for 2,635 yards with 20 touchdowns in his three seasons as a Vol. Now, as a 240-pound wide receiver (though it’s likely he’ll slim down now that he no longer has to prepare for a season of between-the-tackles running), he’ll display the skills that saw him catch 67 passes for 492 yards and six touchdowns.

As an undergraduate transfer, Hurd will sit out the 2017 season before joining the team in 2018. He will have one season to compete as a Bear.

Baylor freshman tailback Abram Smith out for the season with spring ACL tear

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Baylor kicked off the first spring game of the Matt Rhule era on Saturday and wrapped things up with a 65-39 Gold team victory over the Green squad that included a pretty impressive touchdown catch from former basketball player Ish Wainright.

The news wasn’t all rosy in Waco however as after the game Rhule announced that freshman running back Abram Smith would be lost for the 2017 season after suffering an ACL tear in the Bears’ first spring practice.

Smith wasn’t being counted on as being a starter this season but his loss is a fairly big blow to the team’s depth at the position. Returnees JaMycal Hasty and Terence Williams already missed parts of the spring game due to injuries on Saturday, leaving just senior Wyatt Schrepfer to take most of the carries late in the contest.

All three figure to be good to go by the time fall camp rolls around but there’s not much behind them with Smith being lost for the year. A three-star recruit coming out of high school, the early enrollee likely would have seen some snaps in 2017 but will instead have to spend it redshirting on the bench.

In midst of sexual-assault scandal, Baylor confirms hiring of first female president

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Knee/neck-deep in an ongoing scandal that’s garnered significant attention from the most powerful law enforcement agency in the state of Texas, the largest Baptist university in the country is making some gender history.

Tuesday, Baylor announced that Dr. Linda Livingstone has been hired as the university’s president.  Livingstone, who comes to BU from George Washington University in Washington D.C. and will officially begin her new job June 1, is the first-ever female president in the history of the university.

She is also a former faculty member at the school, serving first as an assistant professor in BU’s department of management from 1991-97 and then as an associate professor in the same department from 1997-2002.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected as the 15th President of Baylor University,” said Dr. Livingstone in a statement. “I chose to begin my academic career at Baylor in significant part because of Baylor’s Christian mission. To return to Baylor to partner with the exceptional faculty, staff, students and administrators to fulfill the University’s vision to be a top-tier research institution, committed to excellence in all aspects of University life, while strengthening the Christian mission is an opportunity I look forward to with enthusiasm.”

The hiring comes a month and a half after the Texas Rangers confirmed that it had commenced a preliminary investigation centered on how the university, the football program and campus police handled allegations of sexual assault made against student-athletes, most notably members of the football team.  The confirmation of the probe came a little over a month after details in one of the handful of federal lawsuits the university is facing emerged, with that suit alleging 31 Bears football players had committed 52 acts of rape over a period of four years beginning in 2011.

Two former Bears football players have been convicted of sexual assault that were committed while they were members of the football team.

The scandal cost the university’s head football coach, athletic director and president their jobs last year. In early February, the Big 12 announced that it will withhold 25 percent of future revenue payments to BU, only releasing the monies “pending the outcome of third-party verification review of required changes to Baylor’s athletics procedures and to institutional governance of its intercollegiate athletics programs, among other matters.”

“We talked quite a bit about some of the investigations and lawsuits the university is facing, so I go into this with eyes wide open about some of those continuing challenges that we have to work through,” Livingstone, by way of the Waco Tribune, said in a teleconference in regards to what she asked of university officials during the search process. “I asked some questions about the commitments of the regents of continuing to work through these issues and ensure we get to the right place as a university.”

Suspended by Oklahoma in January, Parrish Cobb arrested again for felony armed robbery

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If Parrish Cobb‘s status with the Oklahoma football program wasn’t tenuous and/or precarious — or over — before, it certainly is now.

According to The Oklahoman, Cobb was arrested Thursday in connection to an armed robbery in Norman Wednesday night.  The erstwhile Sooners cornerback is facing charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and conspiracy to commit a felony.

From The Oklahoman:

According to a press release issued by the Norman Police, the victim said that two black males entered his apartment and pointed semi-automatic handguns at him and his roommate after 11 p.m. on Wednesday night.

The two suspects stole cash and drugs before leaving the apartment on foot to return to the white Ford Mustang they arrived in. One of the suspects concealed his identity, according to the release, while the other did not. The victim later identified the suspect who didn’t attempt to conceal his identity as Cobb.

At 3:30 a.m., an officer located the Mustang at an apartment complex on W. Imhoff Road and found a white Chrysler registered to Cobb in the same parking lot with a visible box for a semi-automatic BB gun pistol, according to the release.

The police found Cobb in an apartment on W. Imhoff Rd. just before 9 a.m. on Thursday and arrested him. Cobb admitted to driving the Ford Mustang with the other suspect to the apartment on Oak Tree Ave. with the intent of robbing the occupants of their drugs. Cobb told police that they didn’t find any drugs, but they did take cash. Cobb did not identify the other suspect.

In January of this year, Cobb was arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree aggravated robbery, all of which are felonies, for his alleged involvement in three separate incidents earlier that month. He was indefinitely suspended from the football program at the time.

Following this latest incident, an OU spokesperson stated that Cobb hasn’t been enrolled in classes at the university since the initial arrest.  The defensive back is currently not listed on the team’s official roster.

Cobb originally signed with Baylor in 2016 as a four-star recruit, but left the Bears in the wake of the sexual assault scandal. In July of last year, the defensive back signed with Oklahoma and was eligible to play immediately.

As a true freshman, Cobb started two of the first three games of the 2016 season before going down with a hamstring injury. He played just one more game the rest of the year — the regular-season finale against Oklahoma State.

Ex-Baylor hoops player might give Bears football a shot

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Ishmail Wainright may be done with basketball at Baylor, but he might not be done with sports at the collegiate level at the school.

Citing two separate sources, SicEm365.com is reporting that “Wainright is heavily considering playing tight end for the Baylor football team in the 2017 season.” “A second source familiar with the situation confirmed that Wainright ‘might’ be part of Baylor’s football program,” the website added.

Tuesday, Wainright was in attendance at BU’s football practice, albeit in street clothes.

First-year head football coach Matt Rhule was borderline coquettish when asked about the potential for Wainright to play for him this season, even as the potential football Bear seemingly indicated he’s going to give a sport he hasn’t played since his freshman year in high school a go.

Wainright used up his college basketball eligibility following the the 2016-17 hoops season, but would have one year of football eligibility at his disposal as he didn’t take a redshirt in the other sport.

As part of the Bears basketball team that earned a trip to the Sweet Sixteen this season, Wainright, a 6-5, 235-pound forward, averaged just over five points and five rebounds a game.

Such a sport-to-sport move by Wainright would be far from unprecedented at the Waco institution.

Rico Gathers made the same move as Wainright is reportedly exploring and ended up being a sixth-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys. Additionally, Demetri Goodson made the move to BU after playing three years of basketball at Gonzaga earlier this decade and earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors as a cornerback in 2013.