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Daily Bears Report 11/7

Forbes proposes five names for Baylor’s head coaching job. Coach Teaff interview. Men’s basketball preseason camp video.

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Today’s Events

Lady Bears

  • No. 2/4 Baylor women’s basketball is back on the court for its final exhibition this evening against Langston. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (CT) inside the Ferrell Center. Our Daily Bears has that covered here.

Men’s Basketball

Preseason Camp Update: w/Manu Lecomte


  • Select Baylor men’s tennis players will be competing in the Niceville Futures in Niceville. Florida. The Niceville Futures is affiliated with the ITF (International Tennis Federation) Men's Circuit. From itftennis dot com.

The ITF Men’s Circuit provides the entry level of Professional Tournaments enabling players to eventually reach the higher level tournaments on the ATP World Tour.

The ITF Men’s Circuit offers 600+ tournaments across 77 countries and incorporates two prize money levels of tournaments known as 'Futures'.

Futures Tournaments are single week tournaments that offer either $10,000 or $25,000 each in prize money. They must be scheduled as three consecutive weeks of $10,000 each in prize money or two consecutive weeks of $25,000 each in prize money.

Senior Blair Shankle and sophomore Elizabeth Profit concluded USTA/ITA Intercollegiate National Championship play in New York, while senior Rhiann Newborn, junior Theresa Van Zyl, sophomore Karina Traxler and freshman Jessica Hinojosa kicked off Bush’s $50,000 Waco Showdown action.

Shankle and Profit, who notched wins over tournament No. 2 and No. 3 seeds to get there, dropped the consolation doubles final, 6-1, 6-2, to Michigan’s Alex Najarian and Kate Fahey. The duo posted a 2-2 record against the 20-team field and are 7-2 overall this fall.

Meanwhile, four Bears opened Bush’s Waco Showdown play with in singles qualifying rounds. Hinojosa defeated junior player Karla De La Luz Montalvo of Mexico in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, while Newborn outlasted Russia’s Nika Kukharchuk in a grueling, three-hour match, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.

Traxler battled it out with Janice Shin of the United States, but ultimately fell in three sets. After falling in the first set, 6-1, Traxler rebounded with a win in the second, 6-1. Shin recorded the win, 6-3, in the third set. Van Zyl also fell in a tight match, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, to the United States’ Amy Zhu.

“I thought we battled and showed some toughness today. Rhiann stayed focused to pull out a grueling three-setter and it was good to see Jessica start off strong with a win in straight sets. Also, I am proud of the way Theresa and Karina competed in tough three-set losses. I’m looking forward to the upcoming matches and the rest of our players continue to progress throughout the tournament in front of our home crowd this week.” – Head coach Joey Scrivano.

“I think Blair and Liz are on the right track. Improvements can always be made, but knocking off No. 2 and No. 3 seeded teams are promising signs for our doubles lineup this spring. I’m sure they are excited to see what they can do at the Bush’s $50,000 Waco Showdown this week.” – Head coach Joey Scrivano.

Freshman Jessica Hinojosa and senior Rhiann Newborn continue Bush’s $50,000 Waco Showdown singles qualifying round action at Hurd Tennis Center on Monday, Nov. 7. Hinojosa will meet No. 2 seed Caitlin Whoriskey (USA), while Newborn will play Ukraine’s Elizaveta Ianchuk. Start times have yet to be determined.

  • Nestled in between the heart of football season and the start of basketball season, there’s big-time tennis to be played in Waco this week at the United States Tennis Association’s $50K Waco Showdown at Baylor University. BearsExtra’s Tony Adame has the complete story.

And while there might be big money featured in the tournament’s name, there’s considerably more to play for than that for the group of elite women’s players at the Hurd Tennis Center.

This season, Waco is part of a three-city run for the USTA, along with tournaments in Macon, Ga., and Scottsdale, Ariz., that will award a spot in the main draw wild card for the Australian Open to the American player that accumulates the most points in the three tournaments.

Qualifying play in Waco starts Sunday and Monday, main draw play begins Tuesday and finishes with the doubles final on Saturday and the singles final on Sunday. Their will also be an exhibition event on Sunday featuring some of the top wheelchair tennis players in competition before the singles final.


  • Baylor women’s golf plays its final tournament of the fall season in Dallas at the Trinity Forest Invitational Presented by Vic Salvino, which runs Monday and Tuesday at Trinity Forest Golf Club. From Baylor Bears dot com.

BU, which climbed to No. 21 nationally in the Golfstat rankings after winning the tournament title at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, is one of 14 teams in the field. Half of the field is ranked in the nation’s top 50, with No. 21 BU joined by tournament-host No. 32 SMU, No. 45 Kansas State, No. 46 Michigan, No. 26 Ohio State, No. 22 Texas A&M and No. 30 Texas Tech, along with Houston, Kansas, Memphis, Mississippi State, Tulsa, UNLV and UTSA.

Trinity Forest is a par-72, 6,236-yard course. Teams are scheduled to play two rounds on Monday, beginning with an 8:30 a.m. CT shotgun start. Baylor is paired with SMU and UNLV and will begin on the first three holes.

BU’s lineup features junior Amy Lee, sophomore Maria Vesga, sophomore Dylan Kim, freshman Fiona Liddell and junior Giovana Maymon. Vesga and Lee will tee off from No. 1, Kim will begin on the second hold and Liddell and Maymon will begin their rounds from the No. 3 tee.

Baylor has recorded three top-four finishes in four tournaments this season, including a first-place finish at the 19-team Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown and third place at the 16-team Dick McGuire Invitational. Lee leads the team with a 70.91 stroke average and has finished among the top-25 individuals in all four events, including winning medalist honors in Las Vegas and two more top-10 finishes. BU players have shot 26 of 63 total rounds at par or better, and the Bears have earned 14 top-25 individual finishes out of 23 starts.


  • Our Daily Bears tweet makes national news story from CBS sports showing that not all Baylor fans were supportive of the #CAB shirts being sold outside the stadium before the TCU game.

Les Miles – Former LSU Head Coach. Overall Coaching Record is 142-55. Accolades: National Championship Titles (2007), BCS Championship Games (2), Bowl Appearances (14), SEC Conference Championships (2), AP Coach of the Year (2011), SEC Coach of the Year (2011). Miles was fired by LSU two weeks ago, following a loss to Auburn. He had a .770 winning percentage as the Tigers head coach and second all-time in school history for wins. According to terms of his contract, Miles is due a buyout of approximately $10 million with the dismissal. Reportedly has been studying the Baylor offense in preparation for coaching next season.

Chad Morris – SMU Head Coach. Overall Coaching Record (6-14). Helped lead Clemson to a 41-11 record as offensive coordinator for Clemson. Was 169-38 as a high school head coach at five different schools before jumping into college football. Morris signed a contract with SMU in November of 2014 that pays him $2 million a year.

Mack Brown – Former Texas Head Coach. Overall Record 238-117. Accolades: BCS Championship Title (2005), National Championship Appearances (2), Big 12 Conference Championships (3), Big 12 Conference Championship Games (5), Bowl Appearances (21). Brown was given a $2.75 million buyout by the University of Texas in February 2014 and afterwards had a one-year contract by the athletics department to serve on as a special assistant for $500,000. He currently serves as an analyst for ESPN.

Lincoln Riley- Oklahoma Offensive Coordinator. Won the 2015 Broyles Award (nation’s top assistant coach) after leading Oklahoma offense in scoring 43.5 PPG, ranking 4th nationally. In his 11th season as an assistant coach in college football, despite being only 33 years old. Riley earned a raise in June 2016 and is earning $900,000 for the 2016 season.

Major Applewhite – University of Houston Offensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks Coach. Named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Houston in Jan. 2015. Has 13 years of coaching experience, including seven as an offensive coordinator. Previously worked at Texas under Mack Brown. Applewhite earns $301,000 per season from the University of Houston.

Grant Teaff Interview

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  • No. 25 Baylor will face No. 9 Oklahoma at 11 a.m. Saturday in Norman in a game that will be televised on either ABC or ESPN2.
  • Waco Tribune Herald’s John Werner reports that the Bears are in danger of free fall after the dismal loss to TCU. BearsExtra has the whole story.

With waves of bad publicity hitting them every week, the Baylor football players somehow found a way to play well throughout the first half of the season.

They seemed to find a sanctuary on the field even as more details of the program’s sexual assault scandal kept pouring in.

In mid-September, the Rice Marching Owl Band spelled out IX in reference to Baylor’s Title IX investigation in their halftime formation. The Bears still found enough focus to pull off a 38-10 road win.

In last week’s 35-34 loss to Texas in Austin, the Bears let a late, eight-point lead slip away. But they played with a lot of determination in an atmosphere where Texas fans were shouting “rapists” at the Baylor players as they entered the tunnel to their locker room after the game.

But in Saturday’s dismal 62-22 loss to TCU, the Bears couldn’t overcome the distractions. Baylor ran into a fired up Horned Frogs team that played great football. But there was an undeniable toxic atmosphere at McLane Stadium.