The biggest story of the college football offseason so far is the development that has been going on with the Baylor Bears. They recently fired head coach Art Briles and that led to a number of 2016 signees requesting releases from their National Letters of Intent.
On Friday, the Bears finally gave in to their requests and granted releases to five signees for the 2016 season, which means they will be free to sign elsewhere and play going in this year.
“I wanted the opportunity to talk with our signees and their families before providing any releases,” said Baylor Acting Head Football Coach Jim Grobe.
“This has never been about whether or not we would ultimately provide individuals with a release; we simply asked that we go through the process outlined by the NLI, take some time and have the chance to speak with the student-athletes and their parents. I’ve enjoyed those opportunities to meet with these families and wish each individual success in all that they do in life.”
They did not confirm which five players had been granted releases, but offensive tackle J.P. Urquidez confirmed to ESPN that he was one. Running back Kameron Martin was also one of the players released, according to high school coach Bruce Swinton.
It could be pretty interesting to see what other players are given releases in the coming weeks. It will also be pretty interesting to see what the Bears do without a number of their potential superstar players.