Coach comes to Baylor’s defense in NCAA probe

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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:01 am

Fort Bend Marshall High School coach James Williams said the Baylor coaches have never been unethical in recruiting his football players.

SportsIllustrated.com reported Tuesday that the NCAA is looking into whether Baylor assistant football coach Kendal Briles committed a violation by visiting 2015 Marshall recruit J.W. Ketchum during a non-contact period last fall.

“They (the Baylor coaches) recruit my kids every year,” Williams said. “Their coaches do things the right way. They’ve never done anything unethical with my kids. To my knowledge, they haven’t broken any rules.”

The magazine reported that NCAA investigators have been in touch with officials at Marshall High School, and are expected to talk to Ketchum in the upcoming weeks. Williams had no comment on whether he had been contacted by the NCAA.

On Tuesday, Baylor head coach Art Briles told the Tribune-Herald there is no substance to any alleged recruiting violations involving his son, Kendal Briles.

“To our knowledge, no investigation is warranted,” Art Briles said in a text message to the Tribune-Herald.

Kendal Briles wasn’t available for comment Wednesday. Under NCAA rules, college coaches can’t comment specifically on unsigned recruits.

Ketchum is a dual-threat quarterback who rushed for 1,172 yards and passed for 603 yards last season, and could potentially play another position in college.

The NCAA doesn’t comment on current or potential investigations.

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