Earlier this morning, Baylor announced officially the construction of the Beauchamp Athletic Nutrition Center, what they're calling the "BANC" for short, in the area directly adjacent to the Highers Athletic Complex and the marina. The new facility will house a dining hall for athletes to ensure proper nutrition and a one-stop shop for everything our football team, in particular, will need to continue being successful. The "lead gift" (in the parlance of fundraising) was apparently given by Robert Beauchamp, a 1982 graduate of the University of Texas who, according to Forbes, has made his millions as the head of BMC Software. Thank you very much, Mr. Beauchamp!
Though we didn't know it would have such an awesome acronym at the time, we knew when Briles signed his extension in November that building a dining hall for athletes was one of the express requests he made at the time. I've heard through various sources that Baylor's call for fundraising in response to that request was answered within hours, and thus the deal went through. Baylor's fans and boosters are no different than any other; they like winning and winning big. It's probably not a coincidence that Baylor announced the project now, in the midst of UT's coaching search while speculation swirled about Briles, either. Nor is it coincidence that Briles was quoted yesterday saying that with all of the recent facility updates/upgrades at Baylor, the "grass is green" here. Well-played, Baylor.
A rendering of the project from Briles' tweet this morning:
Much appreciation to Baylor leadership and Bob Beauchamp for making this state of the art dining hall a reality pic.twitter.com/W0IAS9yJIH— Coach Art Briles (@CoachArtBriles) December 20, 2013
And the release:
Baylor Announces Beauchamp Athletics Nutrition Center - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
Baylor University today announced a gift of $3 million from Bob and Laura Beauchamp of Houston that will establish the Beauchamp Athletics Nutrition Center (BANC), an on-campus facility formally approved by Baylor's Board of Regents on Dec. 19. The Beauchamps' gift will support the construction of a new 12,000-14,000-square-foot dining environment focused on the overall health and performance of student-athletes.
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TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS TWEETS:
Kaz Kazhadi speaking to media about Baylor's newly announced nutrition center. Says athletes will now have a one-stop shop for all needs.— Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) December 20, 2013
So sayeth Kaz.
Baylor commits @SupermanEra_3 (Chance Waz) and @joshmalin44sk named 1st Team 5A All-State Defense— Brian Ethridge (@TruthOrBear247) December 20, 2013
Two of our less-known recruits from this class. Congrats to them for the recognition.
Baylor RB @BU25_2Live has submitted his name to the NFL for draft evaluation but said he will not decide until after the @FiestaBowl .— Kevin Lonnquist (@baylorrivals) December 20, 2013
Weekend TV schedule and @sbn_billc's four bowl game previews, collected right cheer: http://t.co/XtE9IyovAC— SB Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) December 20, 2013
Bowls start this weekend!
New Stadium - check New Track - check Contract Extension - check New Dining Hall - check Statue -— Brian Ethridge (@TruthOrBear247) December 20, 2013
Big 12 Championship -- check.
Not good news on the OL front RT @baylorrivals We have the latest on Baylor news including injury updates at http://t.co/Ohid5AZRRg— Jake Shaw (@SicEmSports) December 20, 2013
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