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Friday Daily Bears Report: Spring Football is Here At Last

It's been a long two months since we've seen Baylor suit up for football. Today, Briles and his staff kick off spring practices that will culminate in a spring game in early April.

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Ahh, spring football. It's not enough to bump it up to "in season", but we can look forward to news on position battles, player progress, and the role of early enrollees from the 2014 class coming from campus over the next few weeks. In our excitement we can't forget that this is a pivotal weekend for both men and women's basketball. Most of the actual news for the weekend was reported in yesterday's DBR, so it's kind of a slow day.

In-Season News: MBB, WBB, Baseball, Softball

MBB takes on Texas Tech on Saturday at 12:30 in the Ferrell Center. The Bears were ambushed in Lubbock earlier in the season, and being swept by the Red Raiders is unacceptable. Official story on the game should be posted soon on the Baylor Athletics website. A robust home crowd will go a long way towards keeping our tournament hopes alive, so get to Waco if you can.

The Lady Bears face a crucial weekend as well, although the circumstances are much less nerve-racking. A talented West Virginia team visits the Ferrell Center on Sunday at 1:30 to challenge the No. 6 Lady Bears. A Baylor victory will clinch another conference championship for Kim Mulkey and vanquish any lingering sentiment that the program isless dangerous without Brittney Griner.

Softball plays in a tournament this weekend that features Baylor, Texas State, UTSA, Mississippi State, Louisiana Monroe, and Southern Alabama. The games will be held in the shadow of a dozen casinos and players will have to take special care not to trip on driftwood in the outfield.

Offseason Football News

Spring football is here! After laboring with Kaz for the past few weeks, it's time for Bryce Petty and the gang to get to work defending their first conference championship. You can get all the details on spring ball as they develop right here at ODB. Get ready to watch and hear about new faces like Davion Hall and Terence Williams. I'm going to be out of Waco for the weekend, but I plan on calling and trying to get in to watch a few practices at some point during the next few weeks so I can offer an eyewitness account of the goings-on.

If you missed it yesterday, Fox Sports Southwest's interview with Art Briles is a really fun read. At one point it's noted that for years it's seemed like Baylor's role in the Big 12 has been akin to that of a dog chasing a car: everyone laughs kindheartedly, nobody really takes it seriously, and everyone is suddenly horrified when it catches up and decides to start driving.

I feel like I could legitimately be friends with all three quarterbacks in this picture, and that's really indicative of the kind of leaders Briles recruits and the football culture this school is building.

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No. 5 EQ Looks to Rebound With Big 12 Meet at KSU - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -

Coming off a weekend where Baylor split with a loss to Fresno State and a win over SMU, the No. 5 Baylor equestrian team continues its road trip Friday to compete against No. 7 Kansas State.

Women's Tennis Unanimously Picked No. 1 In Big 12 Poll - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
For the second time in three years, the Baylor women's tennis team has been unanimously selected to claim the Big 12 regular season championship by a vote of the league's head coaches, conference officials announced Thursday.


There are two ODB contributors hidden in this Baylor MBB hype video, but one of them has his face hidden. Also, get stoked to #SicTech on Saturday.