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Daily Bears Report 3/16/2018 - Coach Rhule Spoke With Optimism at Press Conference

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Today’s Events

Lady Bears Basketball

Visit Our Daily Bears: NCAA Women’s Tournament Central (click here), as the Lady Bears begin tournament play against Grambling State in a first round home game at 6:30 PM CT this evening inside the Ferrell Center. The Lady Bears’ first round game begins 30-minutes following the conclusion of the 4 p.m. first round game between seventh-seeded Michigan and 11th-seeded Northern Colorado, also at the Ferrell Center. One ticket gains access to both games. You can watch the game on ESPN2 but if at all possible, get on down to the Ferrell Center as this is the Lady Bears penultimate home game for 2017/2018 (Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise). You can listen to the game on the Baylor/IMG Sports Network and KRZI/ESPN 1660AM and 99.1FM.

Baseball

Baseball Welcomes No. 8 Texas Tech for First Big 12 Series - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor baseball begins Big 12 play with a weekend home series vs. No. 8 Texas Tech at Baylor Ballpark. Games are slated for 6:35 p.m. CT Friday on FOX College Sports, 2:05 p.m. Saturday on FOX Sports Southwest and 1:05 p.m. Sunday on FSSW-Plus.

Tennis

Bjoern Petersen Tabbed Big 12 Player of the Week - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Following a big Monday victory in singles play, Baylor men’s tennis sophomore Bjoern Petersen was named the Big 12 Player of the Week, announced by the conference office Tuesday afternoon.

WT Set for BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor women's tennis continues its road swing with a pair of neutral site dual matches at the BNP Paribas Collegiate Challenge in Indian, Wells, Calif., this weekend. The 38th-ranked Bears meet fourth-ranked Pepperdine at 8 p.m. (CT) on Friday, March 16 and USC at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.

Football

Matt Rhule’s Press Conference: What We Learned - Our Daily Bears, For nearly 40 minutes, Matt Rhule discussed the team and met with the media.

Rhule Opening His Second Spring At Baylor - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Opening his second spring drills at Baylor, head coach Matt Rhule says the difference in his football team is “night and day, just because guys kind of know what to expect.”

Baylor QB Charlie Brewer will be limited by shoulder injury in spring, DieHards, Baylor rising sophomore quarterback Charlie Brewer will be limited this spring after aggravating an injury against TCU in November.

Matt Rhule optimistic as spring ball arrives, KCEN, “We have a lot of young players that even red-shirted last season," Rhule said in an interview. "I think this is really their time to show that they will be able to help us next season. Specifically on the offensive line with the young quarterbacks. I really want us to develop some depth."

Baylor football preps to open spring practice, KXXV
Bears head coach Matt Rhule opened his Wednesday news conference by announcing four players that would not participate in spring practice. Rhule said the players are suspended for various reasons ...

SI: Baylor could spoil TCU’s playoff chances in 2018, AtlantaJournal
In the spirit of March Madness, Sports Illustrated listed a few bracket busters that could shake up the College Football Playoff race in 2018....

Baylor spring camp preview: Bears hope to establish physical mentality, DieHards, Baylor football opens spring camp on Thursday in Waco. Here's how the Bears stand heading into Matt Rhule's second spring.

Suspensions loom over football spring practice | The Baylor Lariat, Rhule said the football team and university are being transparent and not covering anything up in order to create a better culture.

“You can either hide it from all you guys or you can be very transparent about things,” Rhule said. “When things have happened with our players we’ve tried to deal with it the right way. There’s a bad culture when kids do bad things and grown-ups hide them. There’s no hiding here.”

Following the news about the suspensions and in response to the most recent sexual assault investigation, Baylor President Dr. Linda Livingstone released the following statement:

“Baylor University takes any allegation of sexual assault seriously. The University’s new leadership team is unwavering in our commitment to follow our well-documented Title IX policy and procedures in regards to reporting and responding to incidents of sexual assault.”

“The responsibility of responding to alleged incidents of sexual violence does not rest solely in the hands of any specific individual or unit. It is a University response dictated by our Title IX policy. Baylor University remains committed to providing for the safety and security of our campus community.”

Baylor Bears Football Head Coach Matt Rhule Speak before start of Spring practice, BearsIllustrated, Matt Rhule spoke with the press about spring practice and disciplinary issues.

Baylor University suspends 3 players following accusations of off-campus rapes | Fox News
Three Baylor University players have been suspended from the school’s tumultuous football program after being accused of sexually assaulting women in the hours after their November loss to Texas Tech.

Men’s Basketball

Baylor to host Mississippi State in Sunday NIT game, BearsExtra
Baylor will host a second-round NIT game at 11 a.m. Sunday against Mississippi State. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Big 12 coaches weigh-in on selection process EnidNews
A teary-eyed Mitchell Solomon had a hard time letting the words spill from his mouth. Disbelief? Sure. Shock? Probably. Angry? Perhaps. Disappointed? More than likely.

Acrobatics & Tumbling

A&Ts Adams, Gray Earn NCATA Awards - Baylor University Official Athletic Site
Baylor acrobatics & tumbling’s junior top/base Kaylee Adams and junior base/back base Ceara Gray were named National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) Specialist and Player of the Week, respectively, the organization announced Wednesday.

Track & Field

Morgan Stewart Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, After a stellar indoor season, Baylor track and field freshman sprinter Morgan Stewart was named the 2018 Big 12 Female Newcomer of the Year, the league office announced Thursday.

Softball

Baylor softball falls at home to Texas State, KWTX, The Baylor Lady Bears returned to Getterman Stadium for the first time in over a month but lost to Texas State 5-2.

Texas State extends winning streak with win over ranked Baylor | The University Star, The Texas State softball team picked up its 19th win of the season in a 5-2 comeback victory over the 11th ranked Baylor Bears Wednesday, March 14.

For the second consecutive season, an unranked Bobcats team has downed the ranked Bears. The victory extends the Bobcats’ winning streak to five games and gives them an overall record of 19-7. Texas State is 4-3 at home, 5-2 away, 10-2 on neutral ground and 2-0 in Sun Belt Conference play.

No. 11/13 SB Slips to Texas State, 5-2 - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, WACO, Texas - No. 11/13 Baylor softball (17-4) jumped to an early lead, but failed to add on after a late push by the Bobcats, dropping a 5-2 decision to RV/NR Texas State (19-7) on Wednesday evening at Getterman Stadium.

Texas State softball takes 5-2 win over Baylor, TheEagle, Texas State erupted for three sixth-inning runs to knock off the No. 11 Baylor softball team, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Getterman Stadium.