It hasn’t been a great weekend for Baylor. Heavily, and rightfully, criticized for wearing black, things weren’t any better on the field. The Bears were taken behind the tool shed by their biggest rival, and it seems that frustrations are starting to mount.
Baylor running back Shock Linwood reportedly got into an argument with, and shoved, and assistant coach during Saturday’s 40-point loss to TCU.
He was benched against the Horned Frogs in favor of Terence Williams and JaMycal Hasty. However when coach Jim Grobe was asked during Monday’s Big 12 teleconference if the incident on the sidelines was the reason for Linwood being benched, Grobe indicated that it wasn’t. He said that they didn’t feel like Linwood was playing well, and coaches wanted to see what the other guys could do. He also said the incident wasn’t something he had an issue with.
Something must have changed shortly after the teleconference, though. Because coach Grobe later announced that Linwood will be suspended for next Saturday’s showdown against the Oklahoma Sooners. Grobe mentioned attitude problems were the cause of the suspension.
“He’s just not been himself,” Grobe said.
Linwood, a senior, has rushed for 594 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. Needless to say, this is a big loss for the Bears. As Eric Bailey of the Tulsa World pointed out, in the last three games against the Sooners, Linwood has averaged 124 yards per game.
Coming off of an embarrassment against TCU, Baylor’s focus may be falling.