Jim Grobe met with the press at Big 12 Media day this afternoon. It was a day full of questions about the scandal that has resulted in the firing of beloved football coach Art Briles, the long-time athletic director, and university President. Joined by seniors Seth Russell, Ryan Reid and Kyle Fuller, the quarter of Bears were barraged with questions about the culture of the Baylor football program.
Grobe came out in defense of his players from the start saying "We don't have a culture of bad behavior at Baylor University," and putting it into the context of who the kids are in the program now. Several players were dismissed due to issues that could not be tolerated, resulting in Baylor being down to around 70 scholarship players.
While changes have defined the Baylor football program, and the University as a whole the past few months, don't expect many changes on the field. "I'm not here to make a lot of changes. I thought that was really important especially for our players to have the same terminology, the same type of schemes as much as possible but hopefully as we go forward if I do see things that I think might help us be a little bit better we might put a different spin on a few things, but I'm not here to change a whole lot."
The Bears, picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll, have quite a bit of talent on the roster led by All-Big 12 selections Kyle Fuller and wide receiver KD Cannon. Seth Russell, Shock Linwood, Johnny Jefferson, and Taylor Young are also on national award watch lists. It will be up to Grobe to guide this team through a difficult season.
"Well, there is no question that this is a daunting task. And as I mentioned before, you know, there is no real road map for this. I do think for me personally I admire what Art's football teams have been able to accomplish on the field. I really don't want to change that. I'm hopeful that we can continue to be very competitive every timeout."