A lot of people don't know this, but today is actually a pretty big deal for Baylor Football. With the spring semester starting Monday, today is the day when our midterm enrollees will arrive in Waco, move into their dorms/apartments/lodgings of whatever sort, and meet with the coaches as members of the program for the first time.
7 "new Bears" that will join Baylor Football today are already known, with a couple more in doubt. The ones we know for sure:
LB Grant Campbell
CB Chris Sanders
CB Tion Wright
OL Jarell Broxton
WR/S Davion Hall
TE Jordan Feuerbacher
RB Terence Williams
ATH Wesley Harris -- Harris apparently didn't qualify academically and won't be there this semester.
I could see 3, possibly 4 immediate starters coming out of this group. Most entire recruiting classes don't contribute that quickly.
The big (literally) wildcard of the day, potentially, is the much-ballyhooed return of one Javonte Magee, who left the program in mysterious circumstances in August and did not return. We've talked here before about the potential that he might come back to Baylor eventually -- he'd have to if he wanted to resume his football career right away -- but that potential sounds like reality today with reports that he has been sighted on campus. IF he has truly returned, and we'll treat it as an if for now, he will have 3 years to play 3 for Baylor after taking what is essentially a redshirt year.
It's hard to overstate the potential benefit to Baylor should Magee be back. Because he missed the entire season and probably wasn't working out while gone, it's going to take him a while to gain back the strength and weight that put him in contention for a starting spot this summer. Regardless, he has 8 months to do so between now and meaningful action, 8 months to spend with Kaz remolding himself into what should be, at worst, Big 12 quality depth. That's where his return makes the biggest difference; even if he doesn't start right away again (and I don't expect him to, by any stretch), he gives us another potential option at the 3-technique behind Beau Blackshear, the presumed starter. I will admit that my thoughts wander to a DL of Jamal Palmer, Andrew Billings, Magee, and Shawn Oakman, eventually. Good luck running on that, Big 12.
http://t.co/Ohid5AZRRg will have updates throughout the day on when mid-year enrollees make it to Waco.— Jake Shaw (@SicEmSports) January 11, 2014
That's not the only thing going on in the world of Baylor Athletics today by a longshot. Our basketball teams, both of which are off to great starts this year and have only just begun Big 12 play, are hosting TCU at the Ferrell Center in a double-header. The men tip off at 12:30 (hopefully you get one of these channels), while fans of the ladies will have to wait until this evening for their 7:00 game. We'll have a Game Thread here for the men's game kicking off at noon.
No. 7 MBB Hosts TCU for Community Day - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
Baylor's No. 7-ranked basketball team hosts TCU at 12:30 p.m. CT Saturday. Community Day festivities begin at 11 a.m., and the game will be televised on Big 12 Network.
No. 7 Women's Hoops Hosts TCU Saturday - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
The seventh-ranked Baylor Lady Bears, 13-1 overall and 3-0 in Big 12 action, put three win streaks on the line when they host the TCUHorned Frogs on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. (CT).
John Morris (@VoiceofBears) January 11, 2014
Stadium Stuff -- Ashley Hodge of BearsTruth provided a ton of great stadium info for subscribers yesterday. You should check it out, if you can:
Tennis -- Ranked yet again. Same story, different year.
This doesn't sound good: Missouri's Dorial Green-Beckham released from jail after second drug arrest - SBNation.com -- IIt's the second drug offense in 18 months for the talented wideout, who scored 12 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2013.
Something Random I was Looking At This Morning -- Boat Cemetery in New York
That's really all I have.