Baylor Baseball returns to the diamond today after the finals break to take on UTSA in the last home game of the regular season. The Bears last saw their NCAA hopes wither after enduring three one-run losses in a sweep by Kansas, and will need to win their last four games, as well as advance deep into the Big 12 Tournament to have any chance at the field of 64. Baylor will start Ryan Smith against a 28-22 Roadrunner squad, and UTSA won the last game between the two teams, a 5-3 decision in San Antonio.
Deuce Bello has asked for his release and will transfer, following the signing of Allerick Freeman and Ishmail Wainwright, along with a class of guards that would make a increase of playing time for Bello highly unlikely. Bello was part of a highly touted recruiting class that also included Quincy Miller. Schools that Bello also considered before coming to Baylor were Louisville, Florida State, Wake Forest, and Oklahoma.
Baylor Football added a tight end to their 2014 class on Saturday, after Jordan Feuerbacher committed to Art Briles and Baylor. Feuerbacher, out of Kingswood Park, picked Baylor because of the recent ability to put receivers (and he believes tight ends, too) in the NFL.
Also on the football front, new Cowboys WR Terrance Williams received a plaque from the NCAA honoring his marvel of a season this past year:
New Hardware For Baylor and T-Dub! twitter.com/kendalbriles/s…— kendal briles (@kendalbriles) May 14, 2013
Our friend Greg Tepper over at DCTF took a look this morning at the tempo of each Texas CFB team. Baylor led the way, as you can probably imagine.
In the recruiting world, 247Sports announced a partnership this morning with CBS and Maxpreps. Whether this means we'll see expanded NSD coverage on CBS itself is yet to be determined.
Finally, former Baylor track and field athlete Leigh Ann Ganzar was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, the first student-athlete from Baylor to achieve such an honor. Ganzar graduated from Baylor with a degree in biology in 2011, and is a masters candidate in community health education. She will spend the 2013-2014 academic year in Brazil, teaching English to university students.
Finally, finally, the recruiting world waits with bated breath today to find out where all-everything #1 recruit Andrew Wiggins will play his obligatory one season of college basketball. The odds-on favorite at this point has to be Florida State, but Kansas is also a possibility. Good news for the Big 12 should he choose the Jayhawks, bad news for us in our latest attempt to unseat them. We should know something by noon, I think.