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The Daily Bears Report: August 24

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Despite recent bad news and the exhausting discussion regarding Baylor's football program and the guilt of Sam Ukwuachu, it's still a brand new year here at Baylor University, and that means there's plenty to talk about.

We're throwing it back to Terrance Lloyd today, since Devontre Stricklin and Jameson Houston, both #11, have no photos yet.
We're throwing it back to Terrance Lloyd today, since Devontre Stricklin and Jameson Houston, both #11, have no photos yet.
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Morning, guys. This Daily Bears Report is being written from the top floor of the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation, an extremely wordy name for the new business school. It's an incredible facility; the new building smell is still present and the walls are still a stark white (hopefully to be livened up with some artwork in the future) but it's still surreal and it can hang with any academic building I've seen in my entire life. I'm embedding some tweets showing off the inside that many of you may have missed.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">1. The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FosterCampus?src=hash">#FosterCampus</a> atrium is AMAZING. <a href="http://t.co/AOdIbAisnz">pic.twitter.com/AOdIbAisnz</a></p>&mdash; BaylorProud (@BaylorProud) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorProud/status/635247887182512128">August 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">2. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FosterCampus?src=hash">#FosterCampus</a> = technology, technology &amp; more technology, from monitors throughout to high-tech meeting rooms. <a href="http://t.co/GX6qzPscpi">pic.twitter.com/GX6qzPscpi</a></p>&mdash; BaylorProud (@BaylorProud) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorProud/status/635248057345400832">August 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">3. Speaking of meeting rooms, they are _everywhere_ at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FosterCampus?src=hash">#FosterCampus</a> -- even extending out into/over the atrium. <a href="http://t.co/MCfisvglkb">pic.twitter.com/MCfisvglkb</a></p>&mdash; BaylorProud (@BaylorProud) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorProud/status/635248250425966592">August 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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See that little nook farthest to the top right? That's where I'm sitting right now on the top floor. It hangs out over the atrium, so I'm putting a lot of faith in the building's engineers right now.

Trayvon Bromell, World's 3rd Fastest Man

Trayvon Bromell ran a 9.92 in the 100m at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing yesterday. Bromell tied for third with Canada's Andre de Grasse, a Canadian who currently competes with USC, causing many spectators to hail de Grasse-Bromell as the next great track rivalry, which could take center stage sooner rather than later with the slow decline of Justin Gatlin and Usain Bolt. Both are expected to be at the Olympics next year and both stand a fair chance of overcoming the legends ahead of them for a gold medal. Trayvon Bromell, without a doubt, is Baylor's next chance at an Olympic gold medal.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">TRAYVON BROMELL claims 100-meter bronze at IAAF World Championships in 9.92. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Beijing2015?src=hash">#Beijing2015</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SicEm?src=hash">#SicEm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BaylorFast?src=hash">#BaylorFast</a> <a href="http://t.co/7wc2CZwEV1">pic.twitter.com/7wc2CZwEV1</a></p>&mdash; BaylorTrack (@BaylorTrack) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorTrack/status/635442916995891204">August 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Bolt's winning time, for the record, was a 9.79, still considerable ahead of the young'uns.

Baylor Football

Baylor earned its highest preseason ranking in program history yesterday when the AP Poll named Baylor #4 after Ohio State, TCU, and Alabama. Ohio State was the first unanimous #1 in poll history. Baylor was also picked fourth in the Coaches Poll.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Baylor ranked 4th in AP &amp; Coaches preseason Top 25 (Top 10 ranking in 24 of last 27 polls). <a href="http://t.co/jgg5eKnGD5">http://t.co/jgg5eKnGD5</a> <a href="http://t.co/C44JGZ4wuu">pic.twitter.com/C44JGZ4wuu</a></p>&mdash; Baylor Football (@BUFootball) <a href="https://twitter.com/BUFootball/status/635529976599580672">August 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Inside CampBU took an interesting turn yesterday and focused on the use of technology in Baylor's athletic performance department. One of the reasons Kaz Kazadi is so wildly successful as a strength coach is because of his early adoption of emerging technology. Yesterday's episode shows Coach Althoff explaining the latest tech, which Kazadi found all the way in Slovenia. They bring in some Eastern European guys to talk about the science in detail, which is a staple in any discussion about science. Pretty sweet. No, Tech, we're not pumping our two star recruits full of steroids- we're pumping them up with Soviet tech.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Inside <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CampBU?src=hash">#CampBU</a> presented by <a href="https://twitter.com/WacoDodge">@WacoDodge</a> - <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorAthletics">@BaylorAthletics</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BU_Iron_Bear">@BU_Iron_Bear</a> utilizing new muscle diagnostic technology. <a href="http://t.co/FM9yuj8pFI">http://t.co/FM9yuj8pFI</a></p>&mdash; BaylorSESP (@BaylorSESP) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorSESP/status/635580358969307136">August 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Baylor Soccer

Baylor Soccer fell in their season opener to South Florida, who won on a golden goal in 2OT. Still, it was an encouraging performance from a team projected to finish just above the bottom in the Big 12.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Highlights: <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorFutbol">@BaylorFutbol</a> falls 2-1 to South Florida in double overtime. <a href="http://t.co/n6DBk5vAk5">http://t.co/n6DBk5vAk5</a></p>&mdash; BaylorSESP (@BaylorSESP) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorSESP/status/634959328118620160">August 22, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The BANC is Open

The summer's other prominent project, second in most folks' mind to Foster, is the Beauchamp Athletic Nutrition Center, which opened for student athletes earlier this morning.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The BANC is about ready to open for the first time. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SicEm?src=hash">#SicEm</a> <a href="http://t.co/O5SyIC0PCj">pic.twitter.com/O5SyIC0PCj</a></p>&mdash; Baylor Athletics (@BaylorAthletics) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorAthletics/status/635781909377777665">August 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Another beautiful facility on the banks of the Brazos. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Reality?src=hash">#Reality</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SicEm?src=hash">#SicEm</a> <a href="http://t.co/QVBfUuZH92">pic.twitter.com/QVBfUuZH92</a></p>&mdash; Baylor Athletics (@BaylorAthletics) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorAthletics/status/635789068178055168">August 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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I can't tell you how jealous I am of this building. It's beautiful, it has a great location, and it's full of delicious, nutritious, Kazadi-approved food. Aiavion Edwards got the first crack at it this morning. Aiavion Edwards also has the most difficult name to spell on the entire team, and with Sam Ukwuachu gone for good I don't know of any other contenders for the title.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Aiavion Edwards is officially the first football student-athlete in the BANC. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Reality?src=hash">#Reality</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SicEm?src=hash">#SicEm</a> <a href="http://t.co/RaxAS4gZbc">pic.twitter.com/RaxAS4gZbc</a></p>&mdash; Baylor Football (@BUFootball) <a href="https://twitter.com/BUFootball/status/635786800666021889">August 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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I know it's been a rough couple of days, guys. As more evidence has come out, it appears more and more likely that the responsibility for the Sam Ukwuachu debacle and the embarrassing treatment of his victim lies with someone in university administration, and less with Art Briles and the coaching staff. Many of us naturally feel relieved, as it confirms what we've always thought about the integrity of our football program, but it's also saddening that the university we love so much could have been so negligent or even malicious with regards to one of its students. The ODB commentariat at least has represented our fanbase well on the internet, as emphasized by the oft-outraged Jon Morse last night on twitter. Morse, as many of you know, is a friend of the blog and managing editor of Bring On The Cats, the SB Nation Kansas State blog.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We&#39;ve gotten a lot of comments from <a href="https://twitter.com/OurDailyBears">@OurDailyBears</a> fans tonight:&#10;&#10;Thank you. You&#39;ve been thoughtful and intelligent and humble.</p>&mdash; Jon Morse (@jonfmorse) <a href="https://twitter.com/jonfmorse/status/635678699354988544">August 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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He also wrote this lovely piece that should shore up the levees keeping the remaining sanity from draining out of your brain:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">SLATE: Innocent until proven guilty - sportswriters are bad at law. Even that one lawyer. <a href="http://t.co/k8sFhOEc0B">http://t.co/k8sFhOEc0B</a> <a href="http://t.co/snZ1XvaARt">pic.twitter.com/snZ1XvaARt</a></p>&mdash; Jon Morse (@jonfmorse) <a href="https://twitter.com/jonfmorse/status/635783953891377152">August 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Have a great day, guys. Go out and show the world how awesome Baylor students, alumni, and fans are.