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Friday Daily Bears Report: A Return to Normalcy

With the dust settling from national signing day and the readers happily drowning themselves in signing day analysis, it's time to get back to business and give the in-season sports the attention they deserve.

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National signing day is huge for football fans. Between the Super Bowl and opening weekend, our only football fixes come from National Signing Day, the spring game, and the media days. As we all know by this point, Baylor was successful in retaining almost all of their 2014 class and now we're all counting the days until we can all make the trip to Waco to watch the 2014 Bears in action. Fear not, however, because we still have most of basketball season and a good chunk of baseball season to keep us occupied.

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

Baylor MBB's next matchup is a date with the Sooners in Norman. The game tips off at 6:00 PM , and it's reasonable to say that every game is a must-win game at this point if the Bears have any legitimate shot at a tournament run. The spark provided by an upset win at Oklahoma State quickly flickered and died against Kansas on Tuesday. The Jayhawks remain stout and Baylor (along with most of the conference) has found its season unexpectedly on life support.

Ha. Spell check has a problem with "Jayhawk".

The Lady Bears, on the other hand, are continuing to dominate the conference and face one of their biggest remaining tests in a rematch with Oklahoma State at the Ferrell Center this Sunday. The game tips off at 3:00, and a rowdy home crowd will hopefully help the Lady Bears rally to a victory behind another Odyssey Sims pointpocalypse. Official game previews should go up at some point today, and as outside sources offer insight into either of these matchups, you'll find links here.

Off-Season News: Football and Baseball

With the 2014 class officially enrolled (pending the resolution of T'Kevian Rockwell's personal issues) we can now look forward to spring practice and a spring game in the shadow of McLane Stadium. There are several important position battles coming up in the spring, especially at left guard, linebacker, and the entire defensive backfield and wide receiver core.

The most interesting of these battles may actually be among the wide receivers. Baylor is bursing at the seams with receiver talent, and while most of them will be utilized over the course of the season, only a few can be starters and primary targets of senior Bryce Petty. Antwan Goodley and Levi Norwood are fairly obvious starter candidates, but below them on the depth chart sit Clay Fuller, Robbie Rhodes, Jay Lee, Quan Jones, K.D. Cannon, Davion Hall, Ishmael Zamora, and Chris Platt. Three of the last four have yet to arrive on campus, but are immensely talented. Cannon should challenge for significant playing time as a freshman and Robbie Rhodes should be fully healthy after a year plagued by myriad minor injuries. If Baylor can name four starting receivers, two IRs and two WRs, who would you pick if you were Coach Art Briles? Discuss below.

Former All-Big 12 RB Adjusting to Life After Football - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
This is a really cool piece on former Baylor running back Terrance Ganaway and his off-field success since abandoning his former dream of playing in the NFL.

All the Rest

Some of you may have noticed that the Winter Olympics are under way. Some of you may have noticed that reports from Sochi confirm that Russia's preparation for the event was farcical, and that nothing is quite as it should be. For any fans of satire out there, I recommend this fabulous and completely factual account of the scene in a city in Russia we've never heard of. If you're invested in Team USA's performance but don't want to have to wait until prime time to watch delayed tapings courtesy of NBC, check out all the coverage at the Mothership. They've put together some great primers on events, live broadcast schedules for the night owls among us, as well as some hilarious analysis on the shocking news that somehow Russia didn't do a thorough job preparing to welcome thousands of spirited foreigners to its Galveston knockoff on the Black Sea.