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Fourth Title IX lawsuit filed against Baylor, latest involving Bears ex-running back

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Baylor found its way into the news cycle and once again the headlines were not at all positive for the school’s football program.

According to an ESPN report, yet another Title IX lawsuit was filed against the school in federal court on Wednesday — the fourth such suit overall and the third involving a former football player.

Former Baylor student Dolores Lozano accused former Bears tailback Devin Chafin of assaulting her three times in 2014 and alleges she told several people at the school but that her allegations were ignored. The lawsuit stated that current running backs coach Jeff Lebby and associate athletic director Nancy Post were among those informed of the incidents at the time.

Despite the accusations from Lozano, it is unclear if the school ever opened an investigation into the matter after first becoming aware of the assaults. Chafin was suspended for a limited time prior to the 2015 season but that stemmed mostly from charges of marijuana possession. He rushed for 578 yards and nine touchdowns last year but transferred and currently plays at Missouri Southern State according to reports.

News of yet another Title IX lawsuit comes on the same day that former head coach Art Briles surfaced as a “guest” coach for the Cleveland Browns.  He was fired this past spring after lawfirm Pepper Hamilton issued a report that coaches and administrators did not properly handle allegations of sexual assault but has been seen at several NFL training camps over the past few months.

In addition to Briles, school president Ken Starr, athletic director Ian McCaw and Title IX coordinator Patty Crawford were among those who have either resigned or been terminated as a result of the scandal.

Baylor’s football team is 5-0 on the season heading into Saturday’s game against Kansas and the highest ranked Big 12 team at No. 11 in the latest AP Poll.

Former Baylor RB Devin Chafin denies claims of assault on former girlfriend

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Following a report from former ESPN reporter Joe Schad claiming he assaulted former girlfriend Dolores Lozano on multiple occasions in the spring of 2014, former Baylor running back Devin Chafin told Schad in a Facebook post, “the story has been falsely constructed.”

According to Chafin, he had to grab Lozano because “she was fighting me,” but says he never threw her to the ground. “I was never interviewed by Waco Police,” Chafin said. “She would not leave my house. I honestly don’t know what bruising I caused. But there were no criminal charges for a reason.”

Chafin said he spoke to his position coach Jeff Lebby but, to his knowledge, head coach Art Briles was never aware of the incident.

“Right now, they want to clear their names of anything related to assault,” Chafin said. “People are looking at me like I abuse women and I don’t. It’s hard.”

Chafin played in 19 games over the past two seasons, rushing 201 times for 961 yards and 17 scores.

After serving a suspension for a marijuana arrest, Chafin was kicked off the team last week after Lozano’s accusation bubbled through an Outside the Lines report. Lebby remains on staff.

Baylor confirms dismissal of RB accused of assaulting girlfriend

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The much-needed housecleaning and, hopefully, soul-searching at Baylor is apparently not limited to athletic and non-athletic administrators. Or head football coaches. Or staffers. Or recruits. And so on.

In mid-March, Bears running back Devin Chafin was arrested on a possession of marijuana charge and subsequently suspended.  In mid-May, ESPN‘s Outside the Lines released yet another damning report on the BU football program, detailing, among other things, incidents two years ago in which it was alleged Chafin physically assaulted his then-girlfriend on at least two occasions.

From ESPN‘s report:

In the April 2014 case, a woman told Waco police that Bears running back Devin Chafin grabbed her arm and slammed it against a car, in front of teammates and another witness. She provided photos of bruises on her arm to police. She told police that, weeks earlier, Chafin had grabbed her by the throat and slammed her against a wall, then threw her to the floor and kicked her, according to a police report.

In the police report, the officer wrote that the woman was uncertain about pressing charges, and no legal action was taken.

Wednesday, BU officials confirmed that Chafin has been dismissed from the university’s football program.  No specific reason for the dismissal was given.

“Bad judgment, like a lot of us do,” deposed head coach Art Briles said around the time of Chafin’s suspension, indicating that the player was on a path to return to his then-team.

In 2015, Chafin was third on the team with 578 yards rushing, and was second in rushing touchdowns with nine.  He also caught a touchdown pass.

The 6-0, 225-pound Chafin would’ve been a fifth-year senior in 2016 at Baylor.

No. 17 Baylor sets bowl rushing record in grounding and pounding of No. 10 North Carolina

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“Hey Art,” the fictional interview opened, “you’re down your top two quarterbacks, your top running back, the best receiver in college football and your starting right tackle. How can you possibly hope to move the ball against North Carolina?”

The cocksure Texan took a swig of his iced tea and chuckled. “Watch me,” he said.

No. 17 Baylor (10-3) scrapped its high-flying offense for an entirely ground-based attack and set No. 10 North Carolina’s (11-3) defense on fire, beating the Tar Heels 49-38 in the Russell Athletic Bowl Tuesday night in Orlando.

Art Briles‘ Bears ran 102 plays on the night – 18 passes and 84 runs. The runs break down as follows:

  • Johnny Jefferson: 23 carries for 299 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Devin Chafin27 carries for 156 yards and one touchdown.
  • Terence Williams: 16 carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Lynx Hawthorne: seven carries for 63 yards and one touchdown.
  • Chris Johnson: nine carries for 36 yards.

Add in two team carries for minus-6 yards and you get 84 rushes for 645 yards — 7.68 a carry — and seven touchdowns. The 645 yards are a bowl game record, and Baylor surpassed the Russell Athletic Bowl rushing record in one half. Johnson led Baylor’s passing efforts by hitting 7-of-12 throws for 82 yards and an interception; Jefferson, Chafin and Hawthorne also completed a pass apiece.

Jefferson began the night with 701 yards on the season, and his 299 yards against the Heels put him at an even 1,000 on the season. For the year, Baylor finished with two 1,000-yard passers, two 1,000-yard rushers and one 1,000-yard receiver.

As for the game at hand, Baylor led 14-10 early in the second quarter until Jefferson busted back-to-back touchdown runs, giving the Bears a 28-10 cushion. North Carolina pulled back within four after Marquise Williams punched in a four-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds left in the second quarter and a one-yard run to close a 75-yard march to open the second half.

After (however shockingly) two straight scoreless drives, Williams reached in for a three-yard score and, after a Heels fumble inside Baylor’s end zone, Jefferson opened the next possession by rushing 80 yards for a touchdown, nudging Baylor’s lead to 42-24 with 2:04 to play in the third quarter.

North Carolina would never pull closer than 11 points over the remaining 17 minutes.

North Carolina’s offense put up its share of yards, as Williams hit 22-of-36 passes for 243 yards with three touchdowns and one interception (that wasn’t his fault) with 17 carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns. Elijah Hood rushed 13 times for 118 yards, including a 67-yard burst that was a Russell Athletic Bowl record until Jefferson’s 80-yard touchdown scamper three plays later.

Hood’s rush set the Heels up with a first-and-goal at the Baylor 8, and T.J. Logan‘s first down rush pushed the ball to the two. Aiavion Edwards punched the ball loose as Logan charged toward the end zone on second down, and Baylor’s Orion Stewart hopped on the loose pigskin.

Jefferson’s 80-yard blast on the next play ended any realistic hope North Carolina had of pulling the comeback.

 

TCU swims way to 2OT upset of Baylor, hands Bedlam Big 12 keys

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Entering the 2015 season, most observers thought tonight’s Baylor-TCU game would be for all of the Big 12 marbles.  Instead, that honor will fall to tomorrow’s night Bedlam matchup.

In some of the wettest conditions you’ll see this side of Noah’s ark,  the Horned Frogs and Bears slogged their way through a scoreless second half before two TCU overtime touchdowns to BU’s one handed the homestanding Frogs a 28-21 win in double overtime.

Both teams scored on their initial overtime possessions, TCU on Trevone Boykin‘s one-yard touchdown run and BU on Devin Chafin‘s four-yard touchdown reception from first-time quarterback starter Chris Johnson; that was the Bears first completed pass since the first half.  Boykin’s eight-yard touchdown pass to Kavontae Turpin in the second overtime, with the defense turning out the biggest stop of the game on the Bears second overtime possession. On a fourth-and-1 from the 16-yard line, Chafin was stuffed for no gain as the rain-soaked TCU faithful stormed the field.

The story of the game for nearly 60 minutes, though, was the weather.

21 of the points in this game were scored prior to the heavens opening and a downpour of Biblical proportions commenced for essentially the last three-and-a-half quarters, with the other seven in regulation coming on a fumble return for a touchdown.  The last offensive points prior to overtime were scored with 7:28 left in the first quarter; the last non-overtime points were scored with 12:55 remaining in the second.

If you were unable to watch, there’s one statistic that sums up just how borderline unplayable the conditions in this game were: 210. That’s the number of passing yards for which both teams combined to throw.  The Horned Frogs came into the game averaging 363.5 yards per game, fifth in the country, while the Bears were 14th at 350.7.  Or how about this: the teams combined for nearly as many turnovers (seven) as third downs converted (eight, on 38 tries).

Or this: There were a combined 23 punts, which were only slightly trumped by 25 pass completions.  Johnson accounted for just seven completions — on 24 attempts — for 62 yards, the lowest aerial output of the Art Briles era in Waco.

It was a night fit for neither man nor beast, but in the end it was the Horned Frogs that made just enough plays to knock the Bears out of not only Big 12 but playoff contention as well.

With the loss, BU joins TCU as being officially eliminated from the Big 12 title race.  Instead, the winner of tomorrow night’s Oklahoma-Oklahoma State matchup will be crowned conference champions.