When Jim Grobe replaced Art Briles as Baylor’s coach before the 2016 season, he entered a situation he admitted was “toxic.” But he saw plenty of reason for positivity.
In a radio interview Friday with ESPN Central Texas, Grobe said he didn’t agree with a lot of the talk he heard about Baylor’s “culture” the wake of Briles’ firing after numerous football players were accused of sexual assault. He felt the public’s perception of the program didn’t apply to all of those at the university.
“They kept talking about this ‘culture,'” Grobe said, “and I just had to push back on that because culture kind of means you throw a blanket over everybody, so from my perspective, from my time at Baylor, I didn’t sense any of the things that people were talking about, and they kept talking about this culture. The only culture I felt at Baylor was the culture of people trying to get it right, caring people that wanted to get it right.”
Grobe led the Bears to a 6-0 start before the team suffered a six-game losing streak. The season was salvaged with a 31-12 victory over Boise State in the Cactus Bowl to finish with a 7-6 record under Grobe.
This year’s Baylor team is off to the opposite start of last season, losing its first four games under Matt Rhule. But Grobe, who attended the Bears’ game against Oklahoma on Saturday, praised the job Rhule has done since taking over the program. Grobe also expressed excitement over the outlook of quarterback Zach Smith’s career.
The Bears will go for their first victory under Rhule on Saturday at Kansas State.
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