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Football position battles coming down to wire. Volleyball rolls Illinois State.

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Link —> Highlights vs. Illinois State

Volleyball Steamrolls Illinois State, Anchored by the defense, Baylor volleyball held Illinois State to a .000 hitting percentage to earn the team’s first win of the 2017 season in three sets, 25-9, 25-15, 25-19, Saturday evening at the Ferrell Center.

“Last night we were just never in flow, and tonight we were in flow most of the match. Serves were much better. Our defense can be really good. Yossi had a big monster block one-on-one early on and that kind of set the tone. Illinois State’s a great team obviously – they went five with Florida State -- so to keep them hitting .000 tonight says a lot what we’re doing on defense. Our touches were just so much better so it really allowed us to get our middles going as well. Shelly hit .643 and Camryn just seemed like she was unstoppable with .438 tonight. It was great.” -head coach Ryan McGuyre.

ISU volleyball presses No. 15 Florida State, swept by Baylor | College Volleyball | pantagraph.com, WACO, Texas — The Illinois State volleyball team pressed No. 15 Florida State to a fifth set before dropping their first match of the day in the Baylor Invitational.

Football

Zach Smith or Anu Solomon? - Our Daily Bears, That is the first million-dollar question that first year Baylor coach Matt Rhule will have to answer for the Bears. This, of course, to be answered after the plethora...

Baylor position battles coming down to wire | Sport | wacotrib.com, Baylor’s Matt Rhule is an equal opportunity head coach.

The Bears’ first-year coach doesn’t care if he’s dealing with scholarship players or walk-ons, fifth-year seniors or freshmen who just graduated from high school a few months ago. He’s going to play the guys who give him the best shot to win football games.

“I’ll always play the best player no matter who they are or what age,” Rhule said. “Walk-ons, scholarship, none of that matters to me. I’ve been pleased with the players’ progress and their development, and their attitude has been good.”

World University Games

Emerging Opals Advance to Gold Medal Game, Baylor women’s basketball guard Kristy Wallace and the Emerging Opals advanced to the 2017 World University Games final, edging Chinese Taipei, 79-74, early Saturday morning inside Taipei Arena.

The Emerging Opals will meet Japan in the gold medal game on Monday, Aug. 28. Tipoff is set for 7 a.m. (CT).

Wallace has secured one medal with Australia in the past, securing bronze at the 2016 U19 Women’s World Championship in Chekhov, Russia. She averaged 10.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists over seven games for the Gems in that tournament.

Lady Bears Basketball

Bryce Petty

Ex-Baylor QB Bryce Petty leaves Jets preseason game with injury after 3-TD performance, Former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty shined with 3 touchdown passes during the New York Jets' preseason game against the New York Giants on Saturday, but . . .

Big XII

Kansas State’s Bill Snyder commands awe and respect | TheCabin.net - Conway, Arkansas, MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Bill Snyder likes to spin a well-worn story about an old man from western Kansas, who had driven through the night many years ago to visit Kansas State’s coach after a victory in the Copper Bowl.

“Last year I was in Scottsdale at an event,” new Baylor coach Matt Rhule recalled, “and my wife sat down next to a lovely lady, and she’s talking to her. She said, ‘You should meet her husband!’

“I looked over and it was Bill Snyder. It was coach Snyder! I was frozen in fear.”

2017 KU football season preview, outlook, game predictions | The Kansas City Star, The expectations should remain reasonable for Kansas Jayhawks coach David Beaty in Year 3, as an improvement on 2016’s two wins should be enough to keep most KU fans optimistic about the future. The first two games will be especially important.

Gary Patterson says TCU's playbook has expanded significantly, TCU's Kyle Hicks might be the most underrated player in the Big 12, and he's going to be getting a lot more help from his playbook this year.

Tom Osborne proves that following a college football legend is doable | News OK, Replacing a college football legend isn't always easy, but some have succeeded.

WV MetroNews – Carrier wonders which will arrive first: New season or new son?, West Virginia assistant and his wife expecting their third child within days of the top-25 opener against Virginia Tech.

The Future of Longhorn Football foretold in ancient Longtusk Mammoth fossils.

Famous OBF Quote: “For tens of thousands of years now they’ve come from Austin only to die on the banks of the Brazos.”

Mammoths that roamed Texas may have traveled 120 miles, In new research presented at the 2017 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting, a team led by Don Esker of Baylor University revealed the nutrients in the mammoth tooth indicate it was eating grasses from soil outside of Waco - the giant mammals may once have grazed in a region near modern-day Austin – over 120 miles away.

Mayborn Museum Complex launches ‘Reach Out’ Program for Under-served | Media Communications | Baylor University, The Mayborn Museum Complex at Baylor University features a natural science and cultural history museum focusing on Central Texas with walk-in dioramas including one on the Waco Mammoth Site. The complex is launching a program called “Mayborn Reach Out” to reach new and under-served audiences.

The program will replace “Free Sundays,” which concludes Sept. 3. The new program, effective Oct. 1, includes Community Days, Borrow a Membership and participation in Museums For All to provide visitors of all means access to museum resources.

During Community Days, visitors can explore for free the Harry and Anna Jeanes Discovery Center, natural and cultural history exhibits and the Gov. Bill & Vara Daniel Historic village. Those days are Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018; Mayborn Museum’s Birthday on Wednesday, May 19, 2018; and Museum Day Live on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2018.