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Ricardo Benitez, the Plano West player who was born without femurs in both legs, said he won’t be walking on to the Baylor football team this fall due to the high cost to attend the university.

The result of the play is a first down and the offense rushes to the line of scrimmage and sets up, linemen in their three-point stances, receivers out wide. The quarterback directs traffic, barks out something or other, maybe claps his hands, and then ... he stops and looks to the sideline for a play to be signaled.

As Baylor coach Matt Rhule put his football team through the first practice of the summer, he quickly saw how much bigger, faster and deeper it looked than last year.

The state’s highest criminal court on Wednesday stood by its June ruling that Waco’s 10th Court of Appeals erred when it reversed the 2015 sexual assault conviction of former Baylor University football player Sam Ukwuachu.

Baylor University’s former athletics director accused various university regents of spreading false information, orchestrating a “smear campaign” and even discrediting the Pepper Hamilton LLP investigation that prompted high-profile firings and a storm of lawsuits and investigations amid a sexual assault scandal, according to a Wednesday legal filing.

There are 615 miles between Waco and El Paso, but Baylor football coaches didn’t spend a lot of time seeing the oil fields and cactus along those lonely roads for many years.

The movement has empowered women and encouraged them to speak out. Over the past 10 months, emboldened by a group of actresses who brought to light instances of sexual abuse by movie producer Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo Movement has swept across the world, as women shared their own experiences of harassment.

Liberty University Athletics Director Ian McCaw in a deposition said Baylor University undertook “an elaborate plan that essentially scapegoated black football players and the football program for being responsible for what was a decades-long, universitywide sexual assault scandal,” according to a motion filed Wednesday in Waco’s U.S. District Court.

The Baylor defense will get some more help in the 2019 class as Prestonwood Christian Academy’s Solomon Turner and El Paso Chapin’s Will Williams announced their verbal commitments on Tuesday.

Former Baylor running back Terence Williams will transfer to Houston and is expected to be immediately eligible to play in the fall as a graduate transfer, according to the Houston Chronicle.

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Quarterback Jalan McClendon, a graduate transfer from North Carolina State, has arrived at Baylor as the football program’s third scholarship quarterback.

Beaumont United linebacker Tyrone Brown has decommitted from Baylor, leaving the Bears with seven commitments in their 2019 class.

The Baylor football program received its third verbal commitment in three days as Cedar Hill Trinity Christian School running back Qualan Jones announced his decision Saturday night.

The Baylor football program landed its second commitment in the last two days as Pflugerville Hendrickson High School defensive back Myles Brooks announced his decision on Friday.

Baylor didn’t have a player chosen in the NFL draft for the first time since 2008, but senior offensive tackle Mo Porter signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.

For the first time in 10 years, Baylor likely won’t have a player chosen in the seven-round NFL draft which begins Thursday at 7 p.m. and ends Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Baylor’s Green and Gold spring game was like a partially open curtain as the Bears only revealed a glimpse of the whole picture they will show when they’re at full strength in the fall.

Following their fourth practice this week, the Baylor football players broke into a water balloon fight and then helped themselves to some Pokey O’s Cookies and Ice Cream.

Baylor coach Matt Rhule will speak at the Clery Center’s 30th anniversary gala on Saturday in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered in her residence hall in 1986. Since then the Clery Center has remained dedicated to guiding colleges to implement effective campus safety measures focused on sexual violence, dating violence, hate crimes and other measures.

They might be long shots for the NFL draft but 12 Baylor players are scheduled to try out for NFL scouts on the team’s annual Pro Day on Monday morning at the Allison Indoor Practice Facility.

Baylor junior linebacker Eric Ogor has been dismissed from the football program due to repeated violations of athletic department policies, said Baylor coach Matt Rhule on Saturday.

North Carolina State graduate transfer quarterback Jalan McClendon will play his final season of eligibility at Baylor in the fall.

Baylor football coach Matt Rhule announced Wednesday that four players have been suspended from the team, including junior linebacker Eric Ogor, redshirt freshman safeties Tre’von Lewis and John Arthur and redshirt freshman defensive end Justin Harris.

Baylor added strength up front to its 2018 recruiting class as offensive lineman Johncarlo Valentin from ASA College in Brooklyn signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday.

The Indianapolis Colts head coaching job is open again after New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels decided not to take it Wednesday.