Baylor assistant football coaches won’t be available to the media for interviews this fall, a change from the program’s previous policy.
Baylor interim head coach Jim Grobe will be the only coach on the staff who will speak to the media.
Under former coach Art Briles, interviews with assistant coaches were available upon request.
“After several internal discussions, the staff has elected to have just one voice speak on behalf of the program this season, and that will be Coach Grobe,” said Baylor spokesman Nick Joos. “This is a practice that is common within the Big 12 and nationally.”
After the release of the Pepper Hamilton report, questions have been raised if any Baylor assistant coaches mishandled sexual assault issues in the football program.
The assistants on Briles’ former staff are still working on Grobe’s staff. Briles was fired on May 26 and Grobe was hired on May 30 to coach the Bears this season.
During the Big 12 media days on July 19, Grobe said Baylor officials haven’t informed him of any misconduct issues with the assistant coaches.
“I felt like if one of our coaches had been involved in any type of serious misconduct and tried to cover things up they wouldn’t be coaching for us,” Grobe said. “I think obviously the thing to do is if you tried to cover things up, you wouldn’t get rid of the head football coach, you would get rid of a couple of assistants and make them the scapegoat.”
Baylor will open preseason practice on Thursday. The annual “Meet the Bears” fan event will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at McLane Stadium. Baylor players and coaches will be available for autographs.