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12.4.2012 Daily Bears Report: Briles, Basketball, and Bowls

Just a few notes this evening since I'm a huge spare and forgot to do it this morning when I should have. Did I already say I'm a huge spare?

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Just look at that picture of Nick Florence. Doesn't he look majestic? Majestic is the best word I can come up with for it, because my vocabulary is startlingly inadequate in this moment. I'm going to miss his musk.

Ok, in exactly two hours our Baylor Bears take on Northwestern on ESPN 2. You should watch. Here's the game notes from

MBB Hosts Northwestern Tuesday on ESPN2 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
After snapping Kentucky's 55-game home winning streak, Baylor returns to the Ferrell Center to begin a four-game homestand with Tuesday's 8 p.m. game against Northwestern.

Tomorrow, the Lady Bears play in a national championship rematch against Notre Dame. You should watch THAT, too.

No. 3 WBB HitsRoad Again, Takes on No. 5 Notre Dame - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
The defending national champion and third-ranked Baylor Lady Bears will hit the road for the third time this season as BU takes on fifth-ranked Notre Dame on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. (CT) at the Fighting Irish's Joyce Center.

Also tonight, Nick Florence is up for the Academic Heisman. You can watch that, if you want to, through a link on

Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - - Blog
The Baylor University Bears Official Athletic Site, partner of CBS College Sports Networks, Inc. The most comprehensive coverage of Baylor Athletics on the web.

And now everything else...

Soccer Ranked No. 11 In Final NSCAA Poll - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
The Baylor soccer team earned its highest-ever ranking at No. 11 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Postseason National Rankings, which were released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Tuesday.

Women's college basketball -- Baylor Lady Bears favored over Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
Baylor enters Wednesday's NCAA title game rematch as the clear favorite, while Notre Dame, after graduating three starters, is still trying to figure its identity this season.

Art Briles of Baylor Bears agrees to new deal -- source - ESPN Dallas
Baylor coach Art Briles has agreed to a new long-term deal, a school source told ESPN's Joe Schad on Tuesday. Briles was a strong candidate for the opening at Arkansas.

But you already knew that because I told you earlier and we celebrated for hours in a glorious heap.

Northwestern (6-2) at Baylor (5-2) (ET) -
The Northwestern Wildcats will try to get back on track as they visit the Baylor Bears for a non-conference duel at the Ferrell Center.

More for tonight.

College Confidential: Christmas comes early for Baylor
After a long and hard fought season, the effort finally paid off the Baylor Bears. It was announced yesterday that the Bears have been selected to play in the 35th Holiday Bowl against the UCLA Bruins, the Pac-12 South Division...

Stat Stuffers: Baylor players in week 13 of the NFL season | College Sports Blog

And that's about it. See you guys back here at 7:30 when the Game Thread for tonight's game against Northwestern goes up!