With all due respect to our undefeated basketball teams, the next few days of Baylor news will likely be dominated by the announcement tomorrow afternoon whether Robert Griffin III will forgo his senior season at Baylor University and enter the NFL Draft. If this is something that is going to bother you to hear/see/think about, you might not want to come to this blog or turn on ESPN. All of the signs that we know of point to RG3 declaring for the Draft, which I've said multiple times before is the right thing for him to do, and if he does so, I obviously wish him well.
We'll start with a link about that issue before going to the others. It's going to be a rapid-fire day today but I'll add what I can as we go along.
- Casserly: RG3 to make NFL Draft decision Tuesday - CBSSports.com
College Confidential: Euless Trinity DE Polo Manukainiu names top three, ready for visits- After committing to Oklahoma in September, only to learn a few months later the Sooners would no longer honor his commitment, Euless Trinity DE Polo Manukainiu is focusing on three schools with less than a month remaining before signing day.... (Spoiler alert: Baylor is one of them).
Wildcats’ bowl planning undone by early mistakes - KansasCity.com - With more than a month to prepare for the Cotton Bowl, Kansas State football coaches had more than enough time to devise an offensive strategy that could work against Arkansas. After several weeks of workouts and trial runs, the Wildcats believed in the game plan and expected to make plenty of big plays.
- Four Aggies sign up for the Senior Bowl - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Denver Broncos may hear from Texas A&M - Big 12 Blog - ESPN- Texas A&M is considering sending a cease and desist letter to the Denver Broncos for infringing on the school's 12th Man trademark. (I included this because the legal issues interest me and I think it's hilarious every time this comes up.)
- In case you missed it, David Smoak of ESPN 1660 in Waco tweeted out a few minutes ago that sources told him Tennessee offered a lucrative deal to Phil Bennett to take their open DC job and he declined. That should put an end to the speculation we heard this weekend that Bennett might leave.
Now a whole slew of new basketball-related stories, particularly bracketology.
Bracketology 2012: At Midway Point, Syracuse Leads The Way, Baylor Earns 1-Seed - SBNation.com- The Orange are joined by Kentucky, Baylor, and UNC on the top line of our first NCAA Tournament bracket projection of the 2011-12 season. SBNation's first bracketology has us as the #1 seed in the Midwest Region with Ohio State as our #2, which probably means we are the weakest of the #1s. Still, that would be awesome.
Bracketology - NCAA College Basketball Brackets and Predictions - ESPN- Lundardi has the situation switched with Ohio State as the #1 and Baylor as the #2 in the West Region.
- Bracketology - How an undefeated Murray State fits into the bracket - ESPN- (Insider required).
Conference Power Rankings: Big 12 - Dallas Colleges Blog - ESPN Dallas- After an eventful week in the Big 12, here are my latest power rankings: Baylor: At 15-0, the Bears are one of just three remaining undefeated team.
Baylor Vs. Kansas State: Game Preview, TV Info And More - SB Nation Dallas- On Saturday in Manhattan, No. 22 Kansas State ended No. 6 Missouri's perfect season. Tuesday night, No. 5 Baylor brings their 15-0 record to the Fred Bramlage Coliseum hoping to avoid the same...
- Perry Jones, unbeaten Baylor aren't worried about critics - NCAA Basketball - Sporting News
Tuesday's announcement will dramatically influence the face of Baylor football, and although we all hope Robert decides to return, I also hope that we as a community can embrace whatever decision he makes regardless of our personal feelings for it. At our cores we are fans of our school and our biases are obvious. The decision we would make in his situation is not really all that relevant because of none of us have ever been in that situation. I know there will be a vocal minority (and I hope it is an extreme minority) of people that will say things they don't really mean or that reflect poorly on the rest of us, but as a whole, I believe Baylor and her fans will support Robert no matter what he decides.
As a reminder, the Bo Wallace decision is supposedly going to come Wednesday, one day after that of RG3. Whether those things are related, I have no idea. I have to think they are at least somewhat, but I can't be sure. We're still waiting on word about his visit this past weekend and the longer we go without it, the less likely are to get it.
UPDATE: I just found a random blog stating that Baylor was the #1 athletic program in the country for 2011. Here is the article. Normally I wouldn't post something like this where we don't know anything about the author and have no idea whether it is worth paying attention to, but in this situation it actually dovetails into an article I've been thinking about writing for the last 10 days or so. Pras and I have talked about at length to figure out who was the best athletic program, all things considered, in 2011. I think an argument could be made for Baylor depending on what you value or where you set the endpoints. What do you think?