While the eighth-ranked Bears (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) are still without a loss halfway through their season under acting head coach Jim Grobe, they have the toughest part of their schedule left to play.
Away from the games, the university has multiple issues still simmering in the aftermath of claims the school mishandled sexual assault cases for years. The school faces four civil lawsuits and is now under a federal investigation after a complaint filed by the Patty Crawford, the school's Title IX director who recently resigned.
"Candidly, there's been some really good days, and there's been some hard days," said Mack Rhoades, who took over as the school's new athletic director in mid-August.
Before the Bears' last game, about 20 Baylor coaches and staff members almost simultaneously tweeted #truthdontlie — a hashtag previously used for former coach Art Briles — along with a story by KWTX-TV in Waco in which Grobe contradicted a university-issued statement about his role in the dismissal of a junior college transfer.
While acknowledging "some obstacles and hurdles" for the program, Rhoades said Grobe and his assistants are focused on the players.
"They're focused in and locked in about coaching our kids, about coaching our 107 student-athletes and making sure they're in the best position to be successful on the field," Rhoades said. "But here's what I think is even more important, they've also done a great job of making sure our kids are doing the right things off the field as well."
All the Baylor assistants, including Briles' son and son-in-law, were retained by Grobe after the two-time Big 12 champion head coach lost his job in May following the release of a 13-page report that stemmed from an independent review.
Baylor is the only FBS team to be 6-0 for the fourth consecutive season.