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Baylor Fires Offensive Coordinator Jeff Grimes

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While the Baylor Bears elected to keep Dave Aranda around for the 2024 season, one coach on the move in Waco is offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes.

According to a report from SicEm365, the Bears are making the change to move on from Grimes after some disappointing outings in 2023. Baylor finished 3-9 overall, and 2-7 in conference play good for 12th in the Big 12.

 

The change at offensive coordinator is likely one of many this offseason as according to a recent report from Texas Football’s Mike Craven, Baylor announced that Dave Aranda would be taking over play calling duties on defense, despite keeping the team’s coordinator on staff.

The Bears were one of the lowest ranking offenses in the Big 12 Conference in multiple statistical categories this year including rushing yards, total offensive yards, and points per game. Grimes’ offense ranked 11th in total offense, 13th in rushing yards, and tied for last in points per game. Through 12 games played in 2023, Baylor averaged 377.8 yards of total offense per game, and tied for last in the league with 23.1 points per game.

Baylor head coach Dave Aranda spoke on his future in Waco and sounded encouraged for the games ahead despite some necessary changes on the coaching staff.

“[AD Mack Rhoades] and I have had a fair amount of talks,” Aranda said. “And I appreciate the talks and I appreciate the honesty in all of it. So I think those talks are going to continue. And I just think, for me, I want to do well. I feel like the support at Baylor. I feel it. I feel like this is a great fit for me. I feel like this is something I care about very deeply. So having those talks, I feel them, I get it, and I want to do better. And that’s my goal.”

While Grimes’ replacement could be a number of different qualified coaches, for Aranda to potentially find success in his fifth year with the program, changes to the Baylor coaching staff were more than expected at this point.

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