June 1, 2016
Hall of Fame linebacker and Chicago Bears great Mike Singletary is reportedly intrigued by the idea of filling the Baylor Bears’ head football coaching vacancy.
“I believe in Baylor,” Singletary said, per TMZ. “I believe in the school. Right now, they just have to put the right leadership in place. Baylor can do great things.”
TMZ also reported Singletary has entertained “very casual conversations” with the school about the opening, but there has yet to be any sort of formal interview.
Singletary last served as a head coach in 2010, when the San Francisco 49ers went 5-10 before he was fired after Week 16. He then spent three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings as a linebackers coach. All told, Singletary went 18-22 and failed to make the playoffs during three seasons in the Bay Area.
On May 26, Baylor’s Board of Regents announced sweeping leadership changes that included the indefinite suspension of head coach Art Briles “with intent to terminate according to contractual procedures” after a comprehensive investigation by Pepper Hamilton, LLP “found specific failings within both the football program and Athletics department leadership, including a failure to identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player and to a report of dating violence.”
In his last order of business before stepping down as athletic director Monday, Ian McCaw named former Wake Forest Demon Deacons boss Jim Grobe the team’s interim head coach, according to ESPN.com.
Wednesday, school chancellor Kenneth Starr told Outside the Lines (via ESPN’s Joe Schad) he was also resigning “as a matter of conscience.” However, Starr will continue to teach at the law school, per Schad.
Given the high rate of turnover in leadership positions at Baylor over the past week, and the fact that Grobe has already signed on as the interim head coach, Singletary’s candidacy may need to be put on the back burner for the time being.
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