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Report: Phil Bennett expected to be Baylor interim head coach

ESPN reported that Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett is expected to be the Bears interim head football coach.
ESPN reported that Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett is expected to be the Bears interim head football coach. AP

Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett is expected to be named the team’s interim head coach, ESPN reported Friday, citing multiple sources.

Baylor announced Thursday that it will fire Art Briles following an external review that found university leaders failed to respond to allegations of sexual assaults by football players.

Bennett, who was the head coach at SMU from 2002-07, has been the defensive coordinator for the past five seasons.

Richard Willis, chairman of the Baylor board of regents, said Thursday there was “nothing specific” about Bennett in the report by the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton.

But in the summer of 2015, months before Sam Ukwauchu was to go trail on a sexual assault charge, Bennett told a Fort Worth luncheon that he expected the defensive end — a transfer from Boise State — to be playing that season. In August of that year, Ukwauchu was convicted and sentenced to 180 days in jail.

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