Baylor running back Terence Williams was rumored to be leaving the program, even posting a farewell message on his Snapchat. However, things changed at the last minute.
Head coach Matt Rhule said he met with Williams on Monday to discuss his future with the program. Offensive lineman Ish Wilson and cornerback Jourdan Blake eventually did leave.
“I told him that there are different standards that have to be met,” Rhule said. “It’s about having a code of conduct that’s at the highest level.”
However, Williams texted Rhule on Tuesday and said he wanted to remain with the program. At that point, Rhule brought in his player leadership team. He declined to name players on the council, but implied several respected team veterans are on it.
“We voted and decided he deserved a second chance,” Rhule said. “I told him there would be no third chance, but this is an opportunity to see him develop into the player we know he can be.”
The vote happened soon before practice – Rhule said it was part of the reason why he was late for availability. Baylor’s radio voice John Morris originally said three players would be dismissed, so it appears to have been a last-minute decision.
“This isn’t Matt Rhule’s standard, this is Baylor’s standard,” Rhule said. “For the guys who are waking up at 6 a.m. for workouts, they want to make sure the people around them are being held accountable. If there’s a feeling that there are issues, people come to me all the time.”
Rhule pointed to the fact that at Temple, he did not award future first round NFL draft pick Haason Reddick a scholarship his junior year. He also pulled Nate Hairston’s scholarship for a stretch for disciplinary reasons. Hairston is now an NFL cornerback with the Colts.
“I set really high standards,” Rhule said. “When there are issues, there are repercussions.”
Williams would have been a critical loss. It would have left Baylor with just four scholarship running backs. Freshmen Trestan Ebner and John Lovett are the only other healthy running backs on the roster. Williams was one of four returning 1,000-yard rushers in the Big 12.
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