Mar 21, 2011; Waco, TX, USA; A general view as NFL scouts watch Baylor Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) throw during the Baylor pro day at the Allison Indoor Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
I stole that little moniker for tomorrow's festivities, which will almost certainly include Robert Griffin III standing next to Roger Goodell holding a Washington Redskins jersey with #1 on it, from our friends over at HogsHaven, SBNation's blog for the Redskins. I think it's great that their fanbase has embraced RG3 despite the fact that I absolutely despise everything about them (the organization, not the fans. I'm sure some of them are nice. Maybe.). RG3 was ours for four years and he will still be ours forevermore, but he'll be theirs now, too, starting tomorrow. It is the Circle of Stardom, so to speak. At this point RG3 is like a puppy you found but know you can't keep even though you want to. You just want to make sure it goes to a good home where people will love it. And not to Indianapolis, where the manager of their blog hates RG3 and everything to do with him.
Anyway, we have a number of links this morning, beginning with the fact that Baylor coach Art Briles is in NYC for the next two days to support Baylor's two likely first-round picks, RG3 and Kendall Wright. Good things tend to happen for us when Briles goes to NYC, if you will recall from the last time he was in the five boroughs. For his part, RG3 spent the morning at the NFL's Play 60 event in Manhattan sporting Adidas shoes in Baylor colors.
Jeff Darlington of NFL.com says that RG3 and Luck are just the latest examples of where the QB position is headed in the NFL. I think that article has been written 10,000 times in the last 20 years.
In an interview with CBS's Washington affiliate, RG3 says that he knew the Redskins loved him when they traded all those picks to get him. Makes sense, I guess.
Here is the latest mock draft from NFL.com that has Kendall Wright falling out of the first round. I don't see that happening. I wouldn't be shocked, but someone would get a steal in the second if it did.
In case you are looking for more coverage of Quincy Miller's decision yesterday, here are links to a story from CBSSports.com about the "joke" April 10 deadline as well as a quick update from ESPN about the situation. I said yesterday that I'm not going to get into a long drawn-out discussion about Quincy's draft prospects. I'm not an expert on the NBA and I don't know where he would be next year as opposed to this. I am considering, though, writing a post about the Baylor reaction to Quincy's decision, specifically how inappropriate I think a lot of the anger toward Quincy is in this situation. For a much shorter version, we all need to remember two things: 1) none of us have likely ever been put into the situation of having to decide whether to forgo millions of dollars or not, and 2) it is ok to change your mind about something. Unless Quincy staged the entire announcement at the Baylor Ballpark with the intent to deceive Baylor fans everywhere and never actually meant to come back, he didn't lie to anyone about anything. I believe that he intended to come back at that point, was forced to make a decision by the NCAA's ridiculous rules about withdrawing his name, and then changed his mind based on the advice of people close to him, namely his soon-to-be agent Dwon Clifton. He changed his mind and decided to chase his dream now rather than wait. It happens.
On that same note, I mentioned yesterday that Scott Drew went on Smoaky's radio show in Waco yesterday to talk about the situation. Here are links to parts 1 and 2 of that interview. In it, Drew says that he supports Quincy's decision and that they (Baylor's basketball staff) were never in the dark about his intentions.
In other basketball news, Scout.com posted an article about the Harrison twins and their top 4, which, as I wrote about last week, includes Baylor, Kentucky, Maryland, and Villanova. Basically, we're getting them if they decide to stay in Texas. Have I mentioned how awesome Texas (the state) is? It's pretty awesome, you guys. From the article...
"Baylor has been recruiting me since seventh grade," [Aaron] Harrison explained. "Also I like their campus and they have a real family oriented feel with their coaches and players."
That quote echoes what the twins said in another article about them this morning on 247Sports. That article also mentions that the twins are considering two additional schools, Arizona and Kansas, outside of their reported top 4. The twins are in no apparent hurry to make a decision.
The Baylor Baseball winning streak ended last night at 24 against known powerhouse UTSA. The streak is over; long live the streak! Also, Trent Blank and Josh Turley have been named to a watch list for pitcher of the year.
I'm going to do a post later today previewing the NFL Draft for Baylor fans in terms of who we might have selected and which round that might happen. I'll include a few of the latest, more reputable mock drafts out there. I also might share my own guess at how the first round may shake out on Thursday night.