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Jim Grobe: 62-22 loss is 'what happens' when focus not there

WACO, Texas -- The distractions might be getting to Baylor.

On the eve of the Bears' latest football game, assistant football coaches disputed claims by school regents that former coach Art Briles knew of a gang rape involving former players. Then, as the 17th-ranked Bears got ready to play TCU on Saturday, black T-shirts supporting the popular former coach were being sold outside the stadium.

Baylor then went out and suffered its worst home loss since 2005, as it fell 62-22 to the Horned Frogs. It was Baylor's second loss in a row after a 6-0 start.

"A lot of distractions don't help," acting head coach Jim Grobe said. "This is a game you really got to spend all your focus on for 12 games during the season to play well, and if you don't, this is what happens."

During a meeting Thursday with the Dallas Morning News editorial board, Baylor regent David Harper said he knew of at least one instance in which Briles was told of an allegation of gang rape and didn't report it to proper authorities.

"He was made aware of one of the allegations of a gang rape," Harper told the Morning News. "At least one of them. I can't tell you if he knew or didn't know about the others."

On Friday night, Baylor's assistant coaches, including Briles' son, Kendal, son-in-law, Jeff Lebby, and several staff members disputed Harper's claims in a statement on Twitter. In the statement, the assistant coaches claimed the "alleged victim reported [the incident] to her head sport coach," and the coach "reported to his superior" (former athletic director Ian McCaw).

According to the assistant football coaches' statement, McCaw instructed the head coach to report the incident to Baylor's office of judicial affairs, which the coach did. The assistant coaches claimed Briles wasn't made aware of the incident involving football players and the alleged victim until nine months after the alleged incident occurred.

According to the statement, the alleged victim's coach informed Briles that he reported the incident to McCaw and judicial affairs. The statement said "Briles told [the victim's coach] to report it to the police and prosecute the players if there was any wrongdoing."

The Baylor assistant coaches claimed in the statement that the victim's coach later said, "I think Coach Briles handled the matter honorably and with the serious attention it deserved." The statement claims that the woman's coach also stated that "Briles followed up" and was informed that the alleged victim did not want to report the incident to police. The assistant coaches also claimed that Briles never had contact with the woman.

Grobe said he didn't know about the tweeted statement in advance but said he wouldn't step in the way when the "coaches wanted their perspective known."

During Saturday's game, about 400 shirts displaying "#CAB," which stands for "Coach Art Briles," were sold outside the stadium. A banner with those letters was flown from a luxury suite inside the stadium during the game.

"It's tough. You don't ever see anybody going through what we're kind of going through, but we can't use that as an excuse," Bears quarterback Seth Russell said. "We can't let those outside things influence us in one way or another."

Information from ESPN's Mark Schlabach and The Associated Press was used in this report.