Baylor defensive back Travon Blanchard has left the Baylor football program.
Blanchard will play for Texas A&M-Commerce, the University has confirmed.
The transfer was first reported by David Smoak of ESPN Central Texas Radio.
Texas A&M Commerce, a Division II school, released this statement regarding Blanchard's transfer:
"We welcome Travon Blanchard to our Lion Athletics family. As with any transfer, we thoroughly investigate circumstances and communicate within a wide net. We are confident that Travon walking on to our program this season is a positive step for both him and our program."
Blanchard also released a statement saying he will walk-on to the A&M-Commerce football team.
"I have decided to transfer from Baylor University. I would like to thank all the Baylor coaches I’ve had, along with the support staff and administration for all they did for me the past four years. I would also like to personally thank all the great fans of Baylor nation for all of their fantastic and unwavering support during my time there. I have recently decided to walk-on at Texas A&M-Commerce to play my senior year and further my college education. This will be my only statement regarding this matter," Travon Blanchard.
Blanchard's attorney Michelle Tuegel also released a statement:
"Travon Blanchard is excited for the opportunity to continue his education and athletic endeavors at Texas A&M Commerce. Travon maintains that he is not guilty of what he has been accused of. The Baylor Title IX process is still ongoing and he will continue to cooperate in that process and looks forward to clearing his name and to his day in court."
Blanchard was suspended by Baylor in February after a protective order was issued against him by a McLennan County Judge. The protective order came after a woman accused him of multiple acts of violence against her.
He was arrested in July and charged with misdemeanor assault/family violence.
Blanchard has been under a Title IX investigation at Baylor since the protective order was issued in February.
The senior out of West Orange Stark was a two-year starter for the Bears. He was a two-time All-Big 12 selection. He was also a Jim Thorpe Award Finalist for the country's top defensive back in 2016. He finished last season with 73 tackles, 9 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks with one interception.
Blanchard will be eligible to play for the Lions immediately.