First and foremost, in case you are on campus today and didn't know it, today is Diadeloso! In the weird case that sentence applies to you, I have two questions: 1) how did you not know it was Dia? 2) WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON THE INTERNET, IT'S DIA!
Second, the big news of the morning comes by way of ESPN's Adam Schefter, who tweeted the following:
That news paves the way for Robert Griffin III to be the next QB of the Washington Redskins after being selected #2 overall in next week's NFL Draft. Is this news earth-shattering? No. Did we expect this to happen? Sure. Am I a little disappointed? Obviously, but only because of the weird hostility I've seen from Colts fans to the entire idea of drafting RG3 over Luck. I've said this before, but I really think that RG3 suffers from the fact that there has never really been an RG3 before. People look at Andrew Luck and see Peyton Manning. It's the obvious comparison. That helps people who don't have a scouting background or don't really know anything about the two players want to take Luck because "you can't pass on the next Peyton Manning!" RG3 doesn't have a similar parallel. He's not Vince Young because he's a better passer than Vince ever dreamed of being. Same for Michael Vick, who was/is a runner first. Vick is still probably the closest if you adjusted his Madden sliders upwards in passing and made that his priority, but who wants to be "the next Michael Vick?" That doesn't help public opinion. If it didn't go against the ban on interracial player comparisons,* I'd say his real best comp would be Steve Young with a stronger arm. "Steve Young with a stronger arm" doesn't resonate with today's fans like saying "the next Peyton Manning," though. Anyway, moving on.
*There really isn't a ban on this, it just seems like it.
In case you missed it last night and don't like scrolling downward on the main page, I posted Baylor football's post-spring depth charts last night. I'm interested to hear your thoughts.
Also, Baylor Baseball won their 21st game in a row to tie a Big XII record (Texas 2010) and break the school record of 20. One more victory obviously breaks the conference record, and the next opponent on the schedule is Texas A&M on Friday night in College Station. Texas A&M is good, you guys, don't let my false Baylor baseball bravado fool you.
Baseball's success is just the latest indication that this really is the Year of the Bear, says The Daily Texan.
Interestingly, Sunday's hero freshman Michael Howard has been suspended indefinitely for violating team academic rules. I have no idea what this means, and I'll keep you guys updated on the situation as it develops. I hope he can find his way back to playing this year. Maybe Miles can shed some light.
Softball rallied late last night to topple #5 Texas in a fairly large upset. Awesome job, Ladies!
Here is the latest from SBNation's main college football page about the Arkansas coaching search. I said this on twitter last night because it has apparently come up in negative recruiting against us by a certain Fort Worth-based new member of the Big XII, but Art Briles is not leaving Baylor for Arkansas. Not this year, next year, or ever. It is not happening. If someone tells you that they've heard it is, they are wrong. Believe that.
A Michigan football blog (not SBNation, but still a good one) gave their best shot at trying to figure out which of the recruiting services is doing the best job. It's a good read for people who like recruiting and I certainly applaud the effort even if I don't necessarily agree with the methodology. Aside from the fact that you are judging rankings made years ahead of time (in some cases, half a decade) after a player has gone to a school, either developed or not, and faced all kinds of different legal, academic, and coaching circumstances, years after the fact, the authors used conference awards as a proxy for individual player success. While that approach is preferable to many other ways they could have gone, I don't think using something as subjective as conference awards is a great way to determine who the best players are nationally. Players who might be second team in the Big XII or SEC could have been first in the Big East. Players who didn't get any recognition at all (for one reason or another) might have in a different circumstance. I'm not trashing the work, I'm just saying that we shouldn't put too much stock in its findings.
Bo Ryan (Wisconsin MBB coach) may have just single-handedly ensured that the transfer rules for college athletes will change by being a complete idiot on Mike & Mike this morning about the whole Jarrod Uthoff thing.
Finally, for those interested in the funny, SBNation posted a list of 10 shirts worse than the Aggieland Outfitters recent SEC geography failure.