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Daily Bears Report 11/4

Tennis advances to national round of 16. Soccer will face TCU in Big XII semifinals. Bears for Leadership Reform to hold public meeting. Grant Teaff to receive on campus salute.

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

Today’s Events


Senior Blair Shankle opened the USTA/ITA Intercollegiate National Championships with a hard fought singles win on Thursday in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (4), over Jessica Livianu of St. John’s. From Baylor Bears dot com.

Shankle, the 54th-ranked player nationally, advances to meet the tournament’s No. 2 seed Ena Shibahara of UCLA in the round of 16 on Friday. The Dallas, Texas, native owns an 8-1 singles record in the fall season.

After receiving a bye in the first round of doubles, sophomore Elizabeth Profit and Shankle faced Florida’s Josie Kuhlman and Belinda Woolcock. The duo fell to Florida, 6-3, 6-1, marking its first defeat of the fall.

The Baylor pair will work its way through the consolation bracket beginning Friday. The match time and opponents have yet to be set.

Links to UTSA/ITA National Intercollegiate Championship live scoring and the live stream are available on the women's tennis schedule page at

“It was a tough match today,” senior Blair Shankle said. “My opponent was a big hitter, flat-ball hitter and hit some winners, so I had to be mentally tough to stay in it and fight for every point. I’m happy to get through the first round and want to extend my stay here in New York as long as possible and play some good matches.”

Senior Blair Shankle meets No. 2 seed Ena Shibahara of UCLA in the round of 16 of the USTA/ITA Intercollegiate National Championship Friday. The match begins at 8 a.m. (CT).

The doubles duo of Shankle and sophomore Elizabeth Profit will play its way through the consolation doubles bracket starting tomorrow. The doubles opponent and match start time has yet to be announced.


No. 3 seed Baylor soccer face No. 7 TCU tonight at 7 p.m. CT in the semifinals 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 dot com. Twitter updates will also be provided on the @BaylorFutbol official account.

With a 1-0 win over No. 6 seed Oklahoma State on Nov. 2 in the first round of the 2016 Big 12 Soccer Championship after a two-hour delayed start due to lightning, No. 3 seed Baylor reached the 12-win plateau for the third time in the last six years and seventh time in 21 seasons as a program – first since going 19-1-5 in 2012.

Junior goalkeeper Sara Martinson earned her 11th win of the season vs. Oklahoma State on Nov. 2 and 20th of her career – she now ranks tied for seventh on BU’s single season wins list. She also posted her sixth shutout of the season and 11th of her career – she now ranks tied for eighth on BU’s single season shutouts list and fourth in career shutouts.

Among individual leaders, sophomore forward Lauren Piercy ranks 16th in the NCAA in game-winning goals (5, first in Big 12). Martinson ranks 42nd in goals against average (0.749, second in Big 12) and 68th in shutouts (6, third in Big 12).

Soccer Highlights vs. Oklahoma State

Lady Bears

Nina Davis named to AP All American Preseason Squad. See Our Daily Bears article.

Meet Lauren Cox

News archive for Lauren Cox at Our Daily Bears.

Tailgate Concert Series

This weekend’s Tailgate Concert Series features Clare Dunn and is scheduled to take place following the "Bear Walk," which happens two and half hours prior to kickoff. The stage will be right outside Gate D of McLane Stadium on the grassy area next to the south plaza.

The concert will last for approximately one hour to leave fans ample time prior to kickoff to enter the stadium. Admission to the concert series is completely free and does not require a game tickets.

Clare Dunn - Move On

Grant Teaff

Baylor University and the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that College Football Hall of Fame coach and Emeritus American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Executive Director Grant Teaff will be honored with an NFF On-Campus Salute as the 2016 recipient of the NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award. Baylor Bears dot com has the full story.

The presentation will take place Saturday, Nov. 5, in Waco, Texas, during the game between the Bears and TCU, which will start at 2:30 p.m. CT on FOX.

In May, the NFF named Teaff the 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award, which has been presented annually since 1974 to those whose efforts to support the NFF and its goals have been local in nature or who have made significant contributions to the game of football either to the manner in which it is played and coached or to the manner in which it is enjoyed by spectators.

"Grant Teaff has had a profound impact on college football during six decades of service to the game," said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. "From the players he coached at McMurry, Angelo State and Baylor, to the countless coaches he helped mentor through his work at AFCA and his many contributions to the game of football through his work as an NFF Board Member, he has truly helped shape some of our country's brightest leaders. We are honored to recognize him at McLane Stadium."

The NFF On-Campus Salutes are a special tradition, providing the NFF honorees a coveted opportunity to be recognized on the field during a home game. Many past honorees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers, providing them a special memory of hearing the crowd roar their appreciation of their accomplishments. In addition to his On-Campus Salute, Teaff will officially be honored during the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Dec. 6 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.


Preview - Baylor vs. TCU


Bears for Leadership Reform

Amid the controversy over how the Baylor Board of Regents handed the sexual assault scandal at Baylor that led to the firing of head football coach Art Briles, reassignment of Chancellor and President Ken Starr and suspension of athletic director Ian McCaw, an effort is underway to restructure the university’s Board of Regents, KWTX has learned. From KWTX TV 10.

On Wednesday, a message on social media began to circulate that says “Baylor Nation Please Join us Thursday, November 10 at 10:00 am at Texas Ranger Museum at Knox Hall.”

The post included no additional information, but KWTX has learned a newly formed nonprofit organization called “Bears for Leadership Reform” has been created in an effort to restructure the embattled Baylor Board of Regents.

Organizers of the effort have been quietly meeting for months as a group and with lawyers to figure out legal avenues to change the governance at Baylor University.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars has been spent on the effort, the purpose of which is to give alumni upset by what’s happened a way to get involved, sources with knowledge of the group said.