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Sunday Daily Bears Report: Junior Day is Upon Us

An obscene amount of talent will be on campus today, and a commitment or two won't come as any surprise.

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Today is Junior Day at Baylor University! Some of the nation's best football talents will be in Waco today getting a taste of everything Baylor has to offer. We're almost certain to get a few commitments for the 2015 class, and we'll probably make a few offers as well. All is well in the world of Baylor Athletics, save for men's basketball. Oh, men's basketball.

In-Season News: Men's and Women's Basketball

Yuck. I have a bad taste in my mouth even talking about men's basketball right now. After yesterday's loss to Texas, the Bears are on an 0-4 losing streak in conference play, losing by significant margins to teams that they very well could have beaten. Second half play continues to look monumentally sloppy, and the visiting team has been able to go on long scoring runs in the latter half of the past two home games. The team lacks spark, scoring ability, and the ability to make halftime adjustments, and the natives are restless. Action resumes on Tuesday against the 11-9 West Virginia Mountaineers in the Ferrell Center. Hopefully the score resembles the football game. Abysmal basketball, really. Just abysmal. Look, tweets. Read them so we can move on to happier news.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Baylor falls to 13-6 on the season with loss to Texas. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB) <a href="">January 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;We’re optimistic. We just had a team meeting. We talked a lot, and we’re going to figure it out. This is a team that fights.&quot; Gary Franklin</p>&mdash; Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) <a href="">January 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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No. 24 Men's Hoops Falls to Texas, 74-60 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -

Women's basketball is in action today at 3:00 versus no. 8/9 Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The twelfth-ranked Lady Bears have dropped two of their last three to Kansas and Connecticut, and a win against the Cowgirls would go a long way towards yet another Big 12 title. The game pits Odyssey Sims against OSU's star guard, Tiffany Bias. you can catch the game on Fox Sports Southwest.

Oklahoma State basketball: Cowgirls ready for showdown with Baylor | News OK

Offseason News: Football and Baseball

Junior Day is the most significant day of the offseason so far. There are way too many tweets about the talent coming in for the day to include here, so I've pulled a few of the highlights. Notably, WR Ryan Newsome will be in College Station for the day. This isn't ideal, but it's nothing to worry about and an inevitability of the recruiting game.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Baylor tomorrowwwwww <a href=";src=hash">#SicEm</a></p>&mdash; Jarrett Stidham (@Jarrett_Stidham) <a href="">January 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Stepping on Baylor campus just feels right to me.</p>&mdash; Chad. (@Lil_RG_ChadPres) <a href="">January 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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There will be updates aplenty throughout the day as we hear word from the event, which is closed to the public and the media. Brian Ethridge from BearsTruth hinted at big news dropping today, and I'm pretty sure Mark is in on it as well. The rest of us will just have to wait and watch.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href=";src=hash">#SicEm</a> <a href="">@Xjones94</a> <a href="">@joshmalin44sk</a> <a href="">@realist_flow</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Jamie Jacobs lll (@Jai_Trey6) <a href="">January 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Jamie Jacobs III will apparently carry on Ahmad Dixon's legacy. Here's to hoping the DE/LB will continue to bring pride to the jersey.

Baseball had their first official practice of 2014 today. The team was introduced during halftime at the Ferrell Center and received a warm welcome.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>First official 2014 practice is underway! <a href=";src=hash">#20Days</a> <a href=";src=hash">#SicEm</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Baylor Baseball (@BaylorBaseball) <a href="">January 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;Thought we&#39;d have to rely on newcomers quite a bit this year but the returners really improved in offseason. Glad to see it.&quot; <a href="">@BUCoach34</a></p>&mdash; Baylor Baseball (@BaylorBaseball) <a href="">January 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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It's encouraging that Coach Smith seems to have confidence in his veterans. The Bears' first home game is on February 18th against UT Arlington.

The Best of the Rest

Track published more results today than I could possibly hope to compile in a DBR, but the Speedy Bears reportedly had an excellent showing over two days at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet in Lexington, Kentucky.

Obi Leads T&F At Rod McCravy Memorial Meet - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>SCHOOL-RECORD &amp; EVENT CHAMPION: Felix Obi wins triple jump with leap of 53-2.75 [16.22m]. That&#39;s country&#39;s top mark.</p>&mdash; BaylorTrack (@BaylorTrack) <a href="">January 25, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Boy's got mad hops.

Men's tennis swept Boise State today in Waco. I would have loved to have been there, but I was at the much more depressing basketball game at the same time. A meeting with Auburn today at 3:00 will send the Bears to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship  with a win.

Knoll Wins 400th As Men's Tennis Sweeps Boise State, 4-0 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -

Women's tennis picked up another win yesterday evening against Penn State. Their next matchup is this coming Saturday at 1:00 versus Florida.

Women's Tennis Blanks Penn State, 7-0 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -

Yowza, this school is good at tennis.

Leftovers: Terrifying Mascot Competition

If you weren't fully awake yet, you're about to be.


Pierre the Pelican will be going away forever soon. Bask in his glory while you still can.

New Orleans Pelicans' mascot Pierre getting a makeover |


Purdue Pete, brought to our attention yesterday by Spencer Hall, has the most piercing eyes in the world of sports. Take your pick, ODB. Who would you least want to run into in a dark alley? The winner gets to face off with the beady eyes and person-sized hat of Pistol Pete.