Officially, the infractions deemed worthy of suspending two Baylor junior-college transfers have been given the general and overused terminology of “violation of team rules.”
Whatever those infractions were, acting Baylor football coach Jim Grobe is showing he’s serious about cleaning up the program. According to Baylor247, offensive lineman B.J. Autry and defensive tackle Jeremy Faulk were confirmed on Tuesday morning as being suspended for offenses that aren’t being made public.
It is the first disciplinary action handed down in the wake of the sexual assault scandal that cost former coach Art Briles his job and forced the resignations of athletic director Ian McCaw and chancellor Ken Starr, who had been demoted from president.
With a number of Baylor’s 2016 signees attempting to get out of their national letters of intent and enroll elsewhere for the coming school year, the suspensions of the two touted recruits could prove quite costly. According to 247Baylor, Autry, who played at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College last year, picked the Bears over schools such as Florida, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Ole Miss.
Faulk was named the National Junior College defensive player of the year after posting 18.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and 87 tackles last season for Garden City (Kan.) Community College.
Both players were expected to fill key holes for the Bears this season. It’s unknown how long the suspensions will last. College football teams are in a dead period until fall camp opens in August.
Baylor opens the 2016 season on Sept. 2 against Northwestern State.