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Soccer to Start Big XII Tournament Play. Volleyball starts back half of conference schedule. Motley’s the Man.

NCAA Football: Baylor at Texas
Terence Williams
Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s Events

Volleyball

  • Baylor volleyball (18-7, 6-3) continues through the back half of the conference schedule, trekking to Lubbock to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-15, 0-10) on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in the United Supermarkets Arena. From Baylor Bears dot com.

BU is coming off a 3-1 road loss to the Kansas State Wildcats, but still maintain sole ownership of the third place slot in the conference standings.

The Bears will look to reach seven Big 12 wins for the first time since the 2012 squad capped out at seven. BU will have six more matches in the season following the Wednesday evening contest.

The two squads have faced once already this season, with BU securing a 3-0 sweep on Sep. 28 in Waco.

Baylor takes a four-match win streak over TTU into Wednesday’s match, but trails the Red Raiders in the all-time series, 30-47, including a 12-25 margin in Lubbock.

The Wednesday showdown will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest Plus, with Robert Giovannetti and Mike Moffit handling talent for the network.

For this and all other Baylor road matches, fans can tune into the live internet radio broadcast on BaylorBears.com/allaccess.

  • When Graystone and his coaching staff go back and watch film from the first time the Red Raiders battled Baylor this season, his Texas Tech squad looks completely different. From Lubbockonline dot com.

“We’re just shaking our heads,” the coach said. “We don’t even recognize that team anymore.”

Texas Tech traveled to Waco and fell to Baylor 3-0 more than a month ago.

The biggest struggle for the Red Raiders against the Bears was getting off to a slow start.

“We didn’t play very well,” Graystone said. “The first set we just didn’t play good in that environment. We didn’t handle being at Baylor. We fought much harder in the second set. ... We really had to get on them about putting themselves into and it and they responded. ... We had gone through that first part of conference not starting well. That’s something we’ve fixed since Kansas State. We haven’t gone back to that ever since.”

That match was sixth in a string that is currently 13 consecutive losses for the Red Raiders.

But after a month of failing to win a set, Texas Tech has taken No. 2 Texas and West Virginia to five sets in the last two weeks.

“We’re starting to figure more out,” Graystone said. “(We’re) thinking more about winning matches that trying to keep our heads above water.”

The Baylor volleyball team will look for a season sweep of Texas Tech when it travels to Lubbock on Wednesday.

The Bears (18-7 overall, 6-3 Big 12) are coming off a 3-1 road loss to Kansas State last Saturday. However, Baylor still holds sole possession of third place in the conference behind Kansas and Texas. Baylor swept Texas Tech in Waco on Sept. 28 behind 19 kills and 10 digs from Katie Staiger.

Texas Tech is 14-16 on the year and 0-10 in Big 12 play.

Soccer

Big XII Tournament Preview
  • No. 3 seed Baylor soccer faces No. 6 seed Oklahoma State on Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT in the first round of the 2016 Big 12 Soccer Championship at Swope Soccer Village. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The match will feature live stats and video on Big12Sports.com. Twitter updates will also be provided on the @BaylorFutbol official account.

Baylor has won at least one match in the Big 12 Championship eight times in 13 appearances and has done so four years in a row.

Baylor is 9-10-3 all-time in the Big 12 Championship and 5-3-3 under the Jobsons. Baylor is 2-0-0 against Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship (won 3-0 in 2012 and 1-0 in 2014). Baylor has qualified for 14 of a possible 21 Big 12 Championships and seven of nine under the Jobsons, including six in a row.

Baylor garnered a league-second-best 13 Academic All-Big 12 selections on Nov. 1, marking the 10th straight season with at least 10 honorees. Baylor earned three All-Big 12 selections on Oct. 31 as sophomore midfielder Julie James (first team), sophomore forward Lauren Piercy (second team) and freshman Raegan Padgett (all-freshman) were honored, marking five straight seasons with at least one All-Big 12 honoree for the Bears and most since 2012 (3).

  • Baylor soccer will return to action 8 p.m today for the first time since it dropped its final two matches of the regular season, falling to 11-6-1, 4-3-1 in Big 12 play. From Baylor Lariat.

The Bears are hoping to make a strong statement for an NCAA tournament berth by making a deep run in the Big 12 tournament at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo.

“We were pretty bummed the way the season ended. It’s never fun to end on a couple of losses,” sophomore midfielder Julie James said. “You can’t focus on that now. We can only focus on what’s ahead of us and move forward the best we can.”

The Big 12 tournament bridges the gap between the regular season and the NCAA women’s soccer tournament. While some teams look to build their resumes and solidify their spots in the field, others are playing just to receive an invitation to the NCAA women’s soccer tournament.

“You always talk about having two seasons. You have your regular season, and you have your postseason. We look back and feel that we had a really good season. We didn’t end the way we wanted to, but if you look at it as a whole, it’s a really good season,” said head coach Paul Jobson. “Eleven wins, finished third in the conference, a really good conference; I think it’s been a pretty good season. Going into postseason, its another opportunity, and because of that opportunity in front of us, there’s a little bit more fire in our bellies. We have to win to keep playing.”

  • Baylor soccer earned a league-second-best 13 Academic All-Big 12 selections, the conference announced Tuesday. From Baylor Bears dot com.

With 11 first team and two second team choices, the Bears have had at least 10 honorees in each of the last 10 years.

BU’s first team selections were junior Precious Akanyirige, senior Lindsay Burns, senior Emory Cason, sophomore Jackie Crowther, senior Bridget Hamway, sophomore Julie James, sophomore Sarah King, sophomore Ariel Leach, sophomore Kylie Ross, senior Marissa Sullivan and senior Ashley York.

Burns, Cason and York all achieved the first team recognition for the maximum third time as they were each Big 12 Academic All-Rookie choices in 2013. Akanyirige (2014 Big 12 Academic All-Rookie choice) and Hamway (2013 Big 12 Academic All-Rookie choice) collected the first team honor for the second time. Crowther, James (one of 18 on the list of 106 honorees with a 4.00 GPA), King, Leach and Ross collected the recognition for the first time after being 2015 Big 12 Academic All-Rookie selections. Sullivan also received the accolade for the first time.

The Bears’ second team choices were sophomore Amanda Hoglund and junior Sara Martinson. Hoglund earned the honor for the first time. Martinson (2013 Big 12 Academic All-Rookie choice) collected the second team accolade for the second time and second straight season.

To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

With the regular season complete, the Bears return to action Wednesday in Kansas City at the 2016 Big 12 Soccer Championship as the No. 3 seed to take on No. 6 seed Oklahoma State at 8 p.m. CT at Swope Soccer Village.

BAYLOR SOCCER 2016 ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 SELECTIONS

First Team

  • Precious Akanyirige | Jr. | Biology | Pleasanton, Calif.
  • Lindsay Burns | Sr. | Psychology | Yakima, Wash.
  • Emory Cason | Sr. | Sports, Sponsorships & Sales | Coppell, Texas
  • Jackie Crowther | So. | Pre-Psychology | Temecula, Calif.
  • Bridget Hamway | Sr. | Political Science | Colleyville, Texas
  • Julie James * | So. | Business Fellows | Fairview, Texas
  • Sarah King | So. | Political Science | Coppell, Texas
  • Ariel Leach | So. | Engineering | Flower Mound, Texas
  • Kylie Ross | So. | Health Science Studies Pre-Medical | McKinney, Texas
  • Marissa Sullivan | Sr. | Biology | New London, Wis.
  • Ashley York | Sr. | Health, Kinesiology & Leisure Studies | Irving, Texas

Second Team

  • Amanda Hoglund | So. | Pre-Business | Spring Grove, Ill.
  • Sara Martinson | Jr. | Biomedical Engineering | Southlake, Texas

*Designates student-athlete has a 4.00 GPA

Men’s Hoops

Baylor is ready to make history — not in the same way Kansas is trying to with a 13th consecutive Big 12 title, but the Bears are on the cusp of making a fourth straight NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. From TodaysU dot com.

For outsiders, that might come as a surprise considering the level of talent the Bears lost to graduation this year. Big 12 all-time offensive rebound leader Rico Gathers is gone. Leading scorer Taurean Prince was drafted 12th overall by the Atlanta Hawks. For the third straight season, there’s a new point guard now that Lester Medford graduated.

This is a relatively inexperienced team with Ishmail Wainright as the only senior on hand, but don’t confuse that inexperience with inability. Plenty of talent has patiently waited in the wings thanks to both the redshirt and transfer programs.

For coach Scott Drew, that all starts with Johnathan Motley, a redshirt junior aiming to follow in the footsteps of previous forwards who sat out a year, Cory Jefferson and Ekpe Udoh.

“So [Motley has] gotten better every year, now we’re looking for more consistency out of him,” Drew said. “And I think he’ll have that opportunity, playing-time-wise, because he’s the man now as far as experience-wise goes. He’s had some great games. But now we just need him each and every night.”

Lady Bears

Baylor women’s baksetball got Their Own ODB article today.

Football

Slow Motion Highlights vs. Texas

“I think both of them are probable,” Patterson said at Tuesday’s news conference.

Hicks, the team’s leading rusher (597 yards, 7 TDs), had only four carries for 15 yards against the Red Raiders after sustaining an ankle injury in the first half. Carraway, a senior who leads the team in tackles for losses (8.5), missed multiple series in the Tech game with an undisclosed injury but stressed at Tuesday’s news conference that he is ready to play against Baylor.

“I’m great. I feel 100 percent,” Carraway said. “I will play, for sure.”

Patterson said the Frogs’ ground game struggled at times without Hicks, an Arlington Martin graduate he described as “our best player.” Hicks also shares the TCU team lead in receptions (31).

“If he can, I’ll promise you this much. He’ll play,” Patterson said of Hicks. “He’s a tough dude. He’s all-in.”

The Big 12 saw Oklahoma lead the pack at No. 14, followed by Baylor at No. 17, Oklahoma State a spot behind the Bears and West Virginia sitting at No. 20. Both the Bears and Mountaineers have just a single loss.

In the first two seasons of the College Football Playoff, only one team each season made the committee's initial top four and the final four.

The final rankings will be released Dec. 4, with the top four teams moving on to the College Football Playoff semifinals on Dec. 31 at the Fiesta and Peach bowls.

Baylor’s New Scandal Web Page and More Scandalous News

  • Baylor has a new web page. The Truth, as the web page is titled is an effort by Baylor to put out more information regarding the sexual assault scandal.
  • Hundreds of students approached former Baylor University Title IX Coordinator Patty Crawford with complaints of sexual assault in her less than two years in the role, Crawford said in an interview with “60 Minutes Sports” on Showtime on Tuesday night. WacoTrib has this story.

She also repeated her claim that she never had the authority, resources or independence to do her job.

“What drives a culture? It’s the top,” Crawford said during the program. “And that was the hardest thing for me to come to grips with, was after all of this discrimination became so clear, even against me.”

  • The crisis enveloping Baylor after its admission of mishandling reports of sexual violence continued to grow Tuesday with new allegations of indifference by athletic department officials and interference by university leadership. From USA Today.

In a 60 Minutes Sports on Showtime story that aired Tuesday night, former Title IX coordinator Patty Crawford explained in more detail the problems she faced from university administrators, particularly her boss, senior vice president and CFO Reagan Ramsower.

And a former Baylor coach detailed the response she got from the athletic department when she relayed women’s reports of sexual assault.

“There were a lot of people like me at the university that did not want these things happening and were fighting for it,” Crawford told Armen Keteyian, “but they didn’t have the power or the authority and they were not heard. This is institutional. What drives culture? It’s the top.”

LaPrise Williams, a former Baylor acrobatics and tumbling coach, told the program that 30 women came forward to her with their stories of assault in 2013 after she shared her own story of being sexually molested in her youth.

She said she reported the women’s accounts to the athletic department but was told they were not her problem.

Dolores Lozano, who filed a Title IX lawsuit against Baylor last month, told Williams that she was being abused by her boyfriend, who was a football player. Another woman reported a rape by a Baylor football player, of which she had a copy of a video of it.

Rather than report to police, that woman went to the counseling center, Williams said. There she was asked about what she was wearing and if she was drinking.

“And she was really made to feel like she had done something wrong,” Williams told 60 Minutes Sports.

Williams believes supporting victims of sexual assault contributed to her being pushed out in 2014.

The program obtained a copy of an affidavit from Jim Barnes, the winningest volleyball coach in the school’s history. In it, Barnes reported that one of his player was sexually assaulted by Baylor football players and stated he informed McCaw.

Barnes was fired after two losing seasons. Baylor told 60 Minutes Sports that it did not retaliate against coaches for reporting alleged assaults.