The Baylor Bears lost a player that they were prepared to be without anyway.
It’s not a surprise that Travon Blanchard won’t be appearing in a Baylor Bears uniform this season. The surprise is that his removal from the Baylor rosters appears to have been of his own doing.
On Tuesday, Blanchard tweeted that he’d decided to move on from the Baylor program and continue his collegiate athletic career elsewhere.
Blanchard was suspended from the team earlier this offseason for his connection with a domestic violence charge. Last month, he was arrested for charges stemming from the same incident. He has maintained his innocence of the misdemeanor charges throughout.
Blanchard has decided to continue his career at the Division II level, playing for the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions. Because he has decided to transfer to a Division II school, the NCAA has cleared him to play right away. It doesn’t appear as if his new team will enforce any disciplinary action from his previous incident.
The following statement was made available to ESPN:
We are confident that Travon walking on to our program this season is a positive step for both him and our program,” a Texas A&M-Commerce spokesman said in a statement.
Blanchard likely enters as one of the more talented players in the Lions defensive backfield. He was a bonafide threat in the Big 12, earning an All Big 12 honorable mention in consecutive seasons. He started 23-games for Baylor over the course of his two-year career.
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