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7 Days Out: The Sunday Before

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Jul 24, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Nick Florence speaks to reporters during Big 12 Media Day at the Westin Galleria.  Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE
Jul 24, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Baylor Bears quarterback Nick Florence speaks to reporters during Big 12 Media Day at the Westin Galleria. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

We are now exactly one week from the kickoff of the 2012 season against the the SMU Mustangs. College football starts up in just a few days. Can you believe it?

Sorry about the lack of content today, I've been away from the computer with the kids all day and didn't get a chance to sit down and write until just now. Part II of the series I started on Friday will have to wait, as well. I've written about 3000 words in that piece already and it's actually gone somewhat out of control. I might break it up into smaller pieces so it's more palatable.

For today's news (and there isn't much), I'll start with a sour note about this past recruiting season. According to the Waco Trib and several Baylor subscription sites, Kiante Griffin will not make it in this semester due to problems with the NCAA Clearinghouse. There are a few ways he could still end up a Baylor Bear, including spending the fall semester at JUCO or greyshirting by paying his own way. NCAA approval for an athletic scholarship isn't the same as Baylor's own admittance.

OG recruit Caleb Benenoch asked on twitter this afternoon if anybody knew whether Andrew Billings is on facebook or twitter. Why is that significant? Well, like I said last night, they're both visiting this weekend. I'm not saying, I'm just saying.

Colt Barber of BearsTruth.com reports that Baylor QB commit Chris Johnson went 18-22 for 250 yards and a TD in a scrimmage on Friday. He also says that Johnson is now 6-5, 222 pounds and the Baylor coaches want him at 230 in January.

Nickel Rover over at Barking Carnival penned an incredibly in-depth analysis of the UT defense and how it can adjust to better stop the offenses of the Big XII. I know it's a UT site talking about the Longhorns, but it's worth a read, anyway, for the look at what we might see this season.

The staff writer at SBNation Kansas City doesn't like the Bears much this season, predicting that we we will go 5-7 and miss a bowl game in the first year post-RGIII.

I missed the post by David Ubben two weeks ago about the Fresh Faces on Baylor's squad. It's part of a larger series he's done for the entire conference. Ubben also has a mailbag on the Big 12 blog talking a little bit about the impending grant of rights. I'll agree with him that the wording isn't exactly inspiring for conference harmony, but the GOR absolutely is the "handcuffs" OU's David Boren calls it.

The Lady Bears volleyball team swept games against Nevada and Tulane to run their record to 3-0and take the tournament title. The first win today was the 300th of Coach Barnes' career.

The Baylor golf team released their 2012-2013 schedule. Yay!

That's all I've got.