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Daily Bears Reports 8/9: Freshman Track and Field Star Victoria Powell Shares Why She Chose Baylor

Victoria Powell chose Baylor over a dozen division I programs.

Victoria Powell, track and field star from The Lovett School in Atlanta who helped them win back to back state titles in 2014 and 2015, shares why she chose Baylor despite the “Baylor Scandal.” From Sporting news:

Because I’m an incoming freshman, I’m about as informed as anyone else who watched ESPN or read articles or saw the departures of the athletic director, a beloved football coach and the school president. But I chose Baylor based on my personal experience and the interactions I had with the community, which made a lasting and strong impression, and my gut feeling.

Camp BU

The Austin American-Statesman says that Baylor’s new defensive scheme will be linebacker friendly.

Defensive coordinator Phil Bennett trotted out the 3-4 in spring workouts and showed off the scheme in a final April scrimmage.

Grobe, who played linebacker in college and cut his coaching teeth tutoring the position, seems fine with the change, even if he’s hesitant to officially announce it to the public. Big 12 offenses are trending more toward the run, but the league is still known for its passing.

Juco OL Tyrae Simmons is expected to join the Baylor Football team in the coming weeks. From WacoTrib:

Baylor interim coach Jim Grobe said Simmons has finished an online class, and Baylor is waiting on a grade and his junior college transcript.

Simmons will be a welcome addition for the Bears on a thin offensive line.

“Once we get that (transcript) hopefully we can get him on the field sooner than later,” Grobe said. “That’s the position we need the most, so it would be nice to get him out there.”

2011 MVP Bears

Britney Griner and The USA Womens Basketball team improve to 2-0 after defeating Spain 103-63. KXXV Channel 25 has the story. Britney Griner and Team USA play Serbia on Wednesday. SBNation’s The UCON Blog has more.

The Spanish team, ranked third in the world, was able to keep up with the Americans for much of the first quarter, but the Americans were a class above. Auriemma once again went with four former Huskies in the starting lineup: Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Maya Moore and Tina Charles along with former Baylor star Brittney Griner.

According to the Associated Press, RGIII never doubted he’d be a starter again. Now he intends to seize the opportunity with the Browns.

In Saturday's no-pads scrimmage at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, the Baylor product tossed two touchdown passes to receiver Terrelle Pryor.

The Browns' first preseason game is on Friday at Green Bay.

Griffin is set to be the 25th starting quarterback for the Browns since 1999.