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2/16/2012 Daily Bears Report: Live from Sunny Colorado

Sorry for the lack of content today, I am traveling with a men's group from my church and we were on the road for just about 15 hours out of the last 24. For you, the readers, that probably means that my reaction time to breaking news and current events will be slower than normal, but I'll do what I can when I can to catch up and keep you informed. The easiest way to do that is to follow @OurDailyBears on twitter, since I can do that from my phone no matter where I am.

The two biggest stories from today involve football recruiting and women's basketball. As to the former, Baylor received its third verbal commitment for the 2013 class today from OLB Travon Blanchard. Here's the quick and dirty of what you need to know about him:

Name: Travon Blanchard
HS: West Orange-Stark HS (Orange, TX) 
Position: OLB 
HT/WT: 6-2/185 
40: 4.43 Highlights: Junior 1, Junior 2.

Coverage from the recruiting sites (each is a link): Rivals, Scout, 247Sports.

The other big story is the continued domination of the entire WBB universe by the Baylor Lady Bears. Here is the story from the official athletic site:

Top-Ranked WBB Runs Past Cowgirls, 83-52 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
Brittney Griner had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Kimetria Hayden scored a season-high 20 points and top-ranked Baylor remained perfect this season by beating Oklahoma State 83-52 on Wednesday night.

More links below the jump!

Keeping with the coverage of WBB, I know I linked to a similar story about this the other day, but SI's story is particularly good, so it's worth looking at.

Brittney Griner selected to U.S. women Olympic basketball pool - - Olympics
(AP) -- Baylor junior Brittney Griner is on her way to joining a select group.

Lady Bears Sell Out Texas Tech Game - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
Saturday's women's basketball matchup between No. 1 Baylor and Texas Tech is sold out, the Baylor Department of Athletics announced Thursday. The game is scheduled to tip at 7:00 p.m. (CST).

The men don't play again until Saturday, and I'll make sure to post whatever I find about that tomorrow.

No. 9 MBB Looks for Series Sweep at Home vs. Kansas State - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
No. 9/10 Baylor (22-4, 9-4) is looking for its 10th Big 12 victory for only the second time in program history when it hosts Kansas State(17-8, 6-7). Saturday's game will tip at 12:47 p.m. CST on the Big 12 Network and ESPN3.

Baylor Baseball is getting started this weekend, and as I said before, if you or someone you know has a passion for our baseball program and is interested in writing about it for the blog, please let me know. I want coverage of Baylor Baseball to be an integral part of what we do here since that will be part of the offseason for the other major sports.

Baseball Opens 2012 Season vs. Oral Roberts - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
Baylor opens the 2012 season by hosting Oral Roberts for a three-game series at Baylor Ballpark. The season opener is scheduled for Friday at 4:05 p.m., followed by Saturday's 2:05 game and Sunday's series finale at 1:05 p.m.

The rest is miscellaneous stories ranging from Robert Griffin III's place in the Draft to WVU's inclusion in the Big XII with a little blurb about recruiting thrown in.

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Cleveland Browns Could Take Robert Griffin III And Kendall Wright In First Round - SB Nation Dallas - In their last season at Baylor, QB Robert Griffin III and WR Kendall Wright were one of the most unstoppable pass-and-catch combinations in recent memory, with Wright making 108 catches for 1,668 yards and 16 TD's.

Top draft analyst thinks Browns should trade up, take Baylor QB " The Chronicle-Telegram - Lorain County's leading news source-"I want to go get RG3. As much as I like Colt McCoy, I still think they have to look to upgrade that position and I think they have to do whatever it takes to get there. That’s the first thing," Mayock said. "The second thing, I think it will be a hell of a ride. The more tape I put on of this kid, the more fun I have watching him."

UT, OU, Baylor all offer DE Prevot - On The Trail Blog - ESPN
Torrodney Prevot (Houston, Texas/Taylor) scored a huge trifecta Thursday. The talented defensive end woke up Thursday morning with three offers.

Baylor AD On WVU: 'Wonderful Addition' - West Virginia University Sports News, Scores and Coverage from WVMETRONEWS.COM