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Daily Bears Report 12/21/2017 - Signing Day Recaps & MBB

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Baylor hauls in incredible recruiting class. Lecomte buries six of nine 3-pointers in win over Southern.

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Year end thoughts - Our Daily Bears, I think I survived this past football season. Yes it was rough. I know there is a lot of anger and emotion when our beloved bears lose. At the center of it all are these young men and the coaches...

Football

Baylor Football: 5 takeaways from Bears' 2017 season, FanSided, It was a rebuilding season in Waco, Texas, for Baylor football in 2017. But, there is a lot to look forward to for the Bears in 2018.

OBF Notes: Watch replay of Baylor Football Signing Day Special and Coach Matt Rhule Signing Day Press Conference. Voice of the Bears John Morris and former Baylor quarterback JJ Joe give us the low down on each new recruit and interview Coaches and parents. Matt Rhule fields questions from the media about the 2018 class. Also watch highlight videos of the new recruits on demand at Baylor All Access.

Baylor lands consensus top 25 recruiting class, WacoTrib, As the losses mounted in Matt Rhule’s 1-11 debut season, Baylor’s 2018 verbal commitments could have easily been tempted to bolt to more successful football programs.

Baylor’s Matt Rhule lures top 25 class based on hard work and optimism, DieHards, Baylor coach Matt Rhule called it a “mad dash.” How else would you describe spending time in 25 different homes the past two weeks for recruiting business?

Texas HS football players dominate as Baylor's new signees, KCENTV, Baylor football signed 20 of the nation’s top high school football players Wednesday, 15 them from the state of Texas. The early signees will play for Baylor in the Class of 2018, head football coach Matt Rhule announced Wednesday. The bears will be able to sign players through Friday and during the traditional signing window that begins February 7.

After disappointing season on field, Baylor hauls in incredible recruiting class, DieHards, The Baylor Bears went 1-11 on the football field in 2017, and it did not make a lick of difference in the recruiting game.

WATCH: Baylor 2018 signee Jackson Kimble makes hilarious signing video, DieHards, Baylor signee Jackson Kimble made a hilarious video on signing day to reaffirm his commitment to the Bears. Matt Rhule even got in on it.

The Athletic: Matt Rhule, Baylor tabbed as big winners from signing day, Matt Rhule's Baylor Bears were one of the biggest winners from Wednesday's early signing day, according to The Athletic's Max Olson.

Men’s Basketball

No. 18 MBB Defeats Southern, 80-60 - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Manu Lecomte scored 22 points to lead four Bears in double figures as No. 18 Baylor men's basketball Defeated Southern, 80-60, Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center.

Lecomte buried six of nine 3-pointers in win over Southern, WacoTrib, Manu Lecomte has always been a superb 3-point shooter, but the gifted senior guard has taken his long range shooting to another level in the last two games.

“I think my teammates did a great job finding me,” Lecomte said. “Coach (Scott) Drew also did a great job of running me off screens and stuff, and they can’t keep up. I think they just do a great job of setting me up and finding me when I’m wide open.”

Lecomte helps No. 18 Baylor rout Southern, Sportsxchange, Baylor's inside-outside game proved too much for Southern as the No. 18 Bears pulled away for an 80-60 victory on Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center.

No. 18 Baylor wins 5th straight, 80-60 over Southern, USAToday, With one eye looking forward to Christmas break and Big 12 play, No. 18 Baylor didn't look sharp for stretches Wednesday night.

But Bears coach Scott Drew is always quick to point out the number of upsets college basketball produces, almost on a nightly basis, so he was happy to see his team avoid that trap.

"It was a great night. Most importantly going into Christmas, we got the win," Drew said. "This is a Southern team that has played a lot of teams close. Duke was a single-digit game most of the way and ended up being 17. There's a reason Texas Southern and Southern have been the teams to go to the NCAA Tournament from the SWAC in recent history the most."

Baylor’s Jo Lual-Acuil had a career game, but it couldn’t top a visit from his parents – The Athletic, While most of his teammates were already at the Ferrell Center preparing for a game last week against Texas Southern, Baylor senior center Jo Lual-Acuil...

Scandal Fallout

Scandal Fallout - Our Daily Bears, Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram thinks Art Briles Deserves a second chance, Do you? (See Poll)

The best coach in football is not getting the second chance he craves, Star-Telegram, Former Baylor coach Art Briles waits for his second chance when it’s becoming apparent that it might not come....