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The Parade is Coming, Nina Davis Nominated for Homecoming Queen, Football looking for Bowl Eligibility

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Welcome Home Alumni!

Homecoming Weekend Athletic Events Calendar

For more information on each event/sport, just click the link provided.

Today’s Events

Saturday’s Events

Sunday’s Events

Homecoming Parade

The Homecoming Parade starts tomorrow at 8:00 a.m at 8th St. and Austin Ave. Staging for the parade goes from 8th St. all the way up to 17th St. The parade travels 4 blocks through downtown Waco on Austin Ave. to 4th St. The parade turns right on 4th street and travels all the way to Baylor campus on 4th St. to Dutton Ave. and then turns right on Dutton and goes one block and then turns left on 5th street at which point the parade travels the length of Baylor campus on 5th Street and ends at James Street. If you are planning on attending the parade tomorrow, be sure and leave home early and expect plenty of traffic and traffic detours along the parade route.

One might have expected the Baylor Homecoming Parade, which is believed to be the largest in the nation, to have had a modest beginning during its inception in 1909. But such was not the case.

From the beginning, the Baylor Homecoming Parade was a first-class extravaganza of color that featured bands, horse-drawn carriages and wagons, student and civic organizations, and a stream of dignitaries.

On Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 24, 1909, the Baylor Band, as is still the custom today, headed the first Baylor Homecoming Parade and was led by its towering drum major, who, it was reported, was " six feet six in his stocking feet and without his bearskin cap."

As the band moved westward up Washington Avenue and then down to Eighth and Austin, it was followed in the parade--30 to 40 blocks long--by distinguished guests, speakers, alumni and former students, Baylor clubs, university trustees, Baylor President Samuel Palmer Brooks and faculty, the dean and faculty of the medical school, the R.C.B.'s and Calliopeans women's clubs, Alessandro's Band, the Erisophians and Philomathesians men's clubs, the Baylor Medicos, the football squad, the tennis club, and the basketball team, in that order.

For more Baylor and Baylor football history, visit the 2016 Baylor Homecoming Guide.

Seth Russell

Baylor senior quarterback Seth Russell is one of 15 quarterbacks, who remains on The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list following a trimming of the original 43-man list Thursday. From Baylor Bears dot com.

Russell has led Baylor to a 5-0 start in 2016, while passing for 1,326 yards and 14 touchdowns with a 59.4 percent (92-of-155) completion rate. The Garland, Texas, native has also been a threat on the ground for the Bears, rushing for 234 yards and three scores on 45 attempts.

He is 15th in the FBS in passing TDs (14), yards per completion (14.41) and points responsible for (102), while being 18th in yards per game of total offense (312.0) and 21st in passing efficiency (155.9).

Baylor Athletics Videos

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Baylor Athletics: Basketball's Nina Davis Nominated For Homecoming Queen

Clippings

Baylor Bears football vs. Kansas Jayhawks: TV channel, time, live score updates, how to watch stream online | OregonLive.com

Here's how to watch Kansas at Baylor. Follow the comments section below for live updates as the game unfolds.

Bears on the brink of securing a bowl | The Baylor Lariat

The Baylor football team looks to be the first team in the Big 12 to claim bowl eligibility this weekend as it takes on the Kansas Jayhawks in its homecoming matchup at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at McLane Stadium. "Right now we’ve got a bunch of good football teams in front of us, and we have to play really good each and every week to make sure that we win," interim head coach Jim Grobe said. Baylor is sitting at the top of the Big 12 conference and is ranked No. 11 in the country with a 5-0 record on the season, with the last two being close ball games.

Baylor’s Jim Grobe could create Big 12’s most stunning moment with title | The Star-Telegram

In a league known for surprises, Baylor football coach Jim Grobe could deliver the most surreal moment in Big 12 history if his 11th-ranked Bears (5-0) win a league championship after their tumultuous off-season.

KU football vs. Baylor preview from Waco, Texas, Fox Sports 1 | The Kansas City Star

Kansas will look to break a 40-game losing streak away from Memorial Stadium when it faces Baylor on Saturday.

Baylor rested; prepared for improved Kansas team | The Baylor Lariat

After enjoying their first of two bye weeks, the Baylor football team returns to action Saturday as it hosts the Kansas Jayhawks for homecoming at McLane Stadium. The bye week allowed the Bears to relax, get healthy, and re-focus after two difficult games against Oklahoma State and Iowa State. Perhaps more important than the physical rest, was the mental break the Bears got to enjoy this last week of not having to play a game. "I think it’s been pretty good for our kids mentally with two really tough, physical football games and stressful games," said Jim Grobe, the acting head coach. "It was good to relax and take some time off."

Kansas Jayhawks at Baylor Bears - 10/15/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction - Sports Chat Place

Kansas enters this game with a paltry 1-4 record this year, winning their opener and dropping the next four. The Jayhawks’ latest loss came this past weekend against TCU, dropping a heartbreaker 24-23. In that one, Kansas QB Ryan Willis went 31-of-45 with 348 yards but had three ugly interceptions. Taylor Martin led the Jayhawks ground attack with 18 carries for 68 yards and a TD, while LaQuvionte Gonzalez was the high man in receiving with eight catches for 131 yards.

No. 11 Baylor tries for 6-0 again, Kansas looking for boost (Oct 14, 2016) | FOX Sports

WACO, Texas (AP) No. 11 Baylor and Kansas were on opposite ends of near upsets in their last games.