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Big 12 football: Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett on the hot seat

by Berry Tramel Published: October 26, 2012

Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett is a well-respected coach. Through stops at Pitt, SMU, Kansas State, OU, TCU, Texas A&M, LSU, Purdue and Iowa State, Bennett has proven he knows football.

But this is getting ridiculous. Baylor has given up 42 points to Louisiana-Monroe, 70 to West Virginia, 49 to TCU and 56 to Texas. Still to come are some of the Big 12's best offenses: OU, Kansas State, Texas Tech and OSU.

The Bears are 3-3 and in danger of not becoming bowl eligible. A victory Saturday at Iowa State is near-mandatory. The Cyclones are not good at quarterback. If Jared Barnett or Steele Jantz dents the Bear defense, there is no hope for Baylor. Bennett's unit must produce more than a few stops.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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