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FILE - In this  Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 file photo, LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda runs on the field against Arkansas in an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La. Baylor is finalizing a deal to make LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda the new coach of the Bears, a person with knowledge of the agreement said Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school was not ready to make any official announcement on Matt Rhule's successor.(AP Photo/Matthew Hinton, File)

Baylor hires LSU's Aranda as head coach

Jan. 17, 2020 10:33 AM EST

Baylor hired LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda as its new head coach Thursday, three days after the Tigers completed their undefeated national championship. Aranda, a head coach for the first time, takes over a Big 12 program in much better shape than it was when Matt Rhule got there more than three years...

AP source: Baylor finalizing deal to hire LSU's Dave Aranda as new football coach.

Jan. 16, 2020 5:37 PM EST
WACO, Texas (AP) — AP source: Baylor finalizing deal to hire LSU's Dave Aranda as new football coach.
Baylor guard Mark Vital (11) dunks in front of Iowa State forward George Conditt IV (4) and guard Prentiss Nixon (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday Jan. 15, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson)

No. 2 Baylor wins 13th in a row 68-55 over Iowa State

Jan. 15, 2020 11:38 PM EST

WACO, Texas (AP) — Davion Mitchell took the inbound pass for No. 2 Baylor at the end of the first half, quickly worked his way down the court and stopped just short of the 3-point line on the right wing and got fouled, just as he expected. Mitchell made all three of his free throws with less than a second...

Baylor forward Lauren Cox (15) celebrates with teammate Moon Ursin in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Title defenders: No. 2 Baylor women on roll into Big 12 play

Jan. 14, 2020 5:41 PM EST

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor coach Kim Mulkey will point out that the only loss for the second-ranked Lady Bears — to current No. 1 South Carolina, at the end of November — was a game they played without standout senior post Lauren Cox. The preseason AP All-American is healthy now, and so are...

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2019, file photo, Baylor defensive tackle James Lynch, top, sacks Stephen F. Austin's Trae Self in the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Waco, Texas. Lynch was selected to The Associated Press All-America Team, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP, File)

Baylor All-America DE Lynch bypassing senior season for NFL

Jan. 13, 2020 11:54 PM EST

WACO, Texas (AP) — All-America defensive end James Lynch says he is bypassing his senior season at Baylor for early entry into the NFL draft. Lynch announced his decision in a social media post Monday, and said that choosing Baylor was the best decision of his life. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound defender said he...

Baylor forward Lauren Cox, right, drives on Oklahoma State center Kassidy De Lapp, left, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald via AP)

Pair of No. 2 Bears: Baylor men and women ranked AP No. 2

Jan. 13, 2020 6:09 PM EST

WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor has a pair of No. 2s in The Associated Press polls, with both the men's and women's basketball teams ranked second. The Bears and Lady Bears, both 13-1 overall, were also ranked in the top two at the same time in January 2017. “It says a lot about both of our programs,...

Baylor guard Jared Butler (12) smiles with teammate Davion Mitchell (45) while walking past Kansas guard Tristan Enaruna (13) following an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Baylor defeated Kansas 55-67. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Baylor jumps to No. 2 in AP Top 25; Gonzaga stays No. 1

Jan. 13, 2020 2:44 PM EST

Good luck finding any team in the country that notches a better pair of road wins in the same week than Baylor, which followed up a victory at Texas Tech by invading Allen Fieldhouse and thumping Kansas on its home floor. As a result? The Bears leapfrogged the Jayhawks and Duke into the second spot in The...

Baylor forward NaLyssa Smith, left, scores over Oklahoma State guard Clitan de Sousa, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald via AP)

No. 6 Baylor women beat Oklahoma State 94-48 after UConn win

Jan. 12, 2020 7:08 PM EST

WACO, Texas (AP) — NaLyssa Smith and No. 6 Baylor followed up that streak-busting win at top-ranked UConn with another big victory at home. Smith had 30 points and 15 rebounds, both career highs, and the Lady Bears beat Oklahoma State 94-48 in their Big 12 home opener Sunday. That extended what is now the...

Former Baylor head football coach Matt Rhule speaks to reporters outside his home Tuesday Jan. 7, 2020, in Waco, Texas.  According to a person familiar with the situation, the Carolina Panthers are completing a contract to hire Baylor's Matt Rhule as their coach. The Panthers have not spoken publicly about the coaching search. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)

Rhule successor at Baylor will start in different situation

Jan. 7, 2020 8:59 PM EST

Baylor's next coach will take over a better and much different situation than Matt Rhule did just over three years ago. The Big 12 team, which went from 11 losses to 11 wins two seasons later, is now searching for that coach after Rhule was hired Tuesday by the NFL's Carolina Panthers on Tuesday....

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, Baylor head coach Matt Rhule stands on the field prior to an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Waco, Texas. A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers are completing a contract to hire Baylor's Matt Rhule as their coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, on condition of anonymity because the deal is not done. The Panthers have not spoken publicly about the coaching search.  (AP Photo/Ray Carlin, File)

Baylor's Matt Rhule agrees to become Panthers' next coach

Jan. 7, 2020 7:46 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — David Tepper is entrusting Baylor’s Matt Rhule to lead the Carolina Panthers out of what he views as a cycle of “long-term mediocrity.” The Panthers owner hired the 44-year-old Rhule on Tuesday to become the team's next head coach. He replaces Ron Rivera, who was...