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Thursday Daily Bears Report: The End is Near

The 2013-2014 athletic year is nearly at an end. The true offseason is not far away.

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I enjoyed my summer vacation for about 24 hours. I then realized that as soon as a few teams wrap up their seasons/postseasons, there will be no real Baylor news beyond recruiting for months. That's pretty terrifying, since Baylor athletics have fueled my existence for the better part of a year now. It's time to enjoy the sports we still have, while we still have them.

Behold, the News:

The first round of the NCAA Softball Tournament begins tomorrow in Waco. Baylor will play, but there will be more on that in tomorrow's report. Today, we have information that you need to know if you plan on attending the weekend's festivities. The tournament coincides with graduation at the Ferrell Center, so it should offer a taste of what a football game will feel like next year.

It's the final regular season series of the year for baseball. TCU comes to Waco for a weekend series that kicks off tonight at 6:30 at Baylor Ballpark. A series win over No. 13 TCU would end the otherwise-dreary season on a high note.

The sixth-ranked Baylor men's tennis team will travel to Athens, Ga., to compete in the NCAA Championships Round of 16 on Friday. No. 12 Illinois, No. 4 Virginia, and No. 14 Notre Dame are all potential opponents during the weekend.

The 13th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team will continue its NCAA run against No. 4 Virginia (23-5) in the Round of 16 on Thursday at 11 a.m. CT at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.

Finally, No. 27 Men's Golf is headed to the NCAA West Regional, where they will compete to finish in the top five of 13 teams and advance to the NCAA Championships. The regional is held in Eugene, Oregon. Baylor holds the fifth seed out of attending teams, and eight of the thirteen carry national rankings.

The season(s) are nearly at an end. Position previews and Buzzfeed quizzes about which Baylor coach is your spirit animal are coming soon. Also, my screenplay, a bro comedy in which Bryce Petty and Troy Baker hatch a plan to steal Bevo, but are taken off guard when they're chased by Austin police, accidentally entered in another imitation Color Run, and unwittingly inducted into one of UT's secret societies.