UPDATE: Another Baylor coaching target out of mix

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 21: Head coach Jeff Brohm of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers looks on during the 2015 Miami Beach Bowl against the South Florida Bulls at Marlins Park on December 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Purdue officially announced that it has hired Western Kentucky’s Jeff Brohm, who had been a candidate for Baylor’s opening.

EARLIER: Western Kentucky’s Jeff Brohm has accepted the Purdue job. That’s according to multiple reports.

Baylor had talked to Brohm, who led his team to consecutive Conference USA titles, about its opening over the weekend.

Brohm, the former NFL journeyman quarterback, had emerged as a top name for several openings, including Baylor, Purdue and Cincinnati. He runs a wide-open offense, which was appealing to a program like Baylor.

Baylor officials also had talked with SMU’s Chad Morris and inquired about hiring Houston’s Tom Herman before Herman took the Texas job.

Other Baylor coaching options include California’s Sonny Dykes and two former Bears assistants, Tulsa’s Phil Montgomery and Syracuse’s Dino Babers. Both worked for former coach Art Briles, who was fired May 26th. Montgomery left Baylor for Tulsa in December, 2014, and Babers took a job as head coach at Eastern Illinois in December, 2011. Babers also was an offensive coordinator at Texas A&M in 2001-02.

Dykes is a Texas Tech graduate and also runs an up tempo offense. His dad, Spike Dykes, is a Red Raiders coaching icon.

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to say that Purdue has hired Jeff Brohm.




Big-money Baylor alums demand new ‘independent’ investigation of sexual assault cases

October 15, 2016: Full stadium during the game between Baylor University and Kansas at McLane Stadium in Waco, TX (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

A group of powerful Baylor alums demanded Monday that the school’s board of regents hire a new firm to interview all sides to determine what happened when sexual assault charges were made against football players and other students.

The group also wants the investigation to review the conduct of the regents and the school’s administrators.

Several members of the Bears for Leadership Reform met Monday morning with three Baylor regents to discuss a new investigation. The meeting was described as “spirited.”

John Eddie Williams, a lawyer and spokesman for the reform group, said he and others would donate money to help offset the costs of a new investigation, which he estimated could come with at least a $1 million price tag. The field at McLane Stadium is named for Williams, who has told the American-Statesman he has given “millions and millions of dollars” to the school.

Williams said the group also wants to know how much the school paid for the Philadelphia firm Pepper Hamilton to conduct the initial investigation, which culminated in the firing of school president Ken Starr and football coach Art Briles. Athletic director Ian McCaw was reprimanded and he chose to resign days later.

The Pepper Hamilton report studied how Baylor reacted when athletes and other students were accused of sexual assault. The report found that the football team believed itself to be above the law.

Williams said Monday that it was confirmed that no accused athletes were interviewed as part of the Pepper Hamilton report.

The reform group also continues to question why there is no written record of the Pepper Hamilton report.

Williams said in the meeting Monday that the regents were asked how much the school has paid in overall settlements and why the board took a secrecy oath in regards to the report. He also questioned why anyone who was fired with cause would be given a settlement. Briles agreed to a multi-million dollar buyout of his contract this summer.

Drayton McLane, whose name is on the football stadium, attended the meeting Monday morning, but couldn’t speak at the press conference because of a previous engagement. McLane, the former owner of the Houston Astros, is the biggest benefactor to Baylor in school history.

Former Texas Gov. Mark White and former Baylor regent Randy Ferguson represented the reform group along with Williams during Monday’s press conference.