|12/13 Baylor (13-2, 1-1) at Texas Tech (8-8, 0-3)
Jan. 15, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. CT
Lubbock, Texas | United Spirit Arena (15,098)
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Radio: ESPN Central Texas
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Real talk: I have no idea what the Tip-Off Rally tomorrow is supposed to do. Is it a pep rally for the basketball teams? Both of them are halfway through their seasons. Is it a prelude to the #BackinBlack game on Saturday against OU where football will be honored for their Big 12 Championship? It's unclear. Whatever the case, I hope as many people as possible make it out there. From what I've been told, a couple of ODBers are going to try to get pictures taken with Rico Gathers ("selfies" was the word used), so there's that to look forward to.
The only thing pertinent to today's DBR that I know less about than tomorrow's rally is today's game against Texas Tech. From the graphic above, it seems Tech is having a bit of a difficult time this year through 3 conference games. Now they get to play Baylor, the #12/13 team in the country, who is coming off a thorough decimation of TCU this past weekend and is well-rested and ready. Should be a fun game if things play true to form. The TV broadcast will be on ESPNU.
No. 12 MBB Faces Texas Tech in Lubbock - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
The 12th-ranked Baylor basketball team is headed to Lubbock to face Texas Tech in Big 12 Conference action at 8 p.m. CT Wednesday. The game will be televised on ESPNU and WatchESPN.
Baylor Bears vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders | Game Preview - Viva The Matadors
The Baylor Bears visit Lubbock in the hopes of notching their second conference win, while the Red Raiders hope to stop a three game losing streak and get their first Big 12 win.
Lessons learned fueling Baylor's hot start | FOX Sports on MSN
Now more experienced, the Baylor Bears are off to a hot start this season after learning a few unpleasant lessons last year.
There's not much on the docket today in terms of news, so I want to make note of a lively debate held last night in the January Recruiting thread regarding the possibility that Snoop Dogg/Lion/zilla and his son could be coming to Waco at some point in the future. Baylor offered 4* WR Cordell Broadus, Snoop's son, yesterday, just days after Broadus mentioned in an update with 247sports that he was interested in the Bears. That convinced me that we needed a photoshop to get a better grasp on the possibility of Snoop in green and gold. Or ... black.
Looks good, doesn't it? You can thank Mr. Timothy Brestowski for the image. From Cordell's instagram account and the reaction to his offer on twitter, it seems like this is more than just a kid celebrating a relatively high-profile offer. I think he's genuinely interested. I also think he's destined for USC or UCLA, but that's neither here nor there.
Anyway, I enjoyed the debate last night in that thread and thought we could reopen it here if anyone was interested in discussing it further.
A post from Barking Carnival (one of UT's two SB Nation blogs) describing Charlie Strong's supposed new rules for Texas Football made the rounds yesterday, garnering light-headed fainting from the Longhorn faithful and eye-rolling from most everyone else. I'm in the latter camp; I don't buy the "new sheriff in town" act, generally, nor do I really think that a supposed "culture" problem at Texas was the reason Mack Brown eventually had to go. Blaming it on something as ephemeral as "culture" (and, so it seems, easily changeable) covers up systemic issues like repeated failures in evaluation and recruiting (at QB and on the OL, especially), a hire at DC that just didn't work out, instability in offensive decision-making (4 offenses in 4 years following the 2009 NCG), and rapid, marked improvement from other programs in the state (Baylor and Texas A&M). If you say it was culture and that's something you can change quickly, you give your fans hope that it's not a big turnaround. Strong supposedly said just that in his little speech to the players. If it something more ingrained in the way you've done business as a program, that takes longer. Strong probably doesn't have longer, and he knows it.
If this manifesto is correct, I can't wait to see how people recruit against the "you have to live on-campus for your first three/four years at Texas" idea. Oh, and good luck following through on the "no drugs" thing, Charlie. That's just naive, if it's true.
McLane Stadium is really coming together ... (photo taken by @AfricaZach on twitter, apparently):
Bryant finalist Briles adds Baylor to offensive credentials - Houston Chronicle
Three years ago, the former University of Houston coach was celebrating Baylor's first Heisman Trophy winner, Robert Griffin III, when he came back to town as a finalist for the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award as college football's coach of the year.
Art Briles spoke at yesterday's AFCA convention and apparently brought the house down. I'm still looking for video of the event, but for now, you'll have to make do with awesome quotes:
Don't wait and wonder. It's and the kitchen sink not but. -Art Briles #AFCA2014— AFCA (@WeAreAFCA) January 14, 2014
"Art Briles at AFCA convention, "If we get shot it's gonna be in the chest, not the back, cause we are comin' at you." #Brilesismsarethebest— Alyssa Rueter (@alyssarueter) January 14, 2014
Probably my favorite one.
"HS kids these days they don't know or care about anything that happened in 2010 or before. They care about right now." - Art Briles— Jason McGaharan (@NBcardinalball) January 14, 2014
Art Briles: "We create a culture of toughness. Always easier to tone a guy down then to have to turn them up.— Coach Tannreuther (@Th3CoachT) January 14, 2014
Earn respect. Can't go buy it or talk to it on the telephone. Have guys that want to earn respect. (Art Briles)— Tim Place (@CoachTPlace) January 14, 2014
He's right. You can't talk to respect on the telephone.
He's the best.