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12.17.2013 Daily Bears Report: It's Raining JUCOs!

Those who went to bed or hid themselves under a rock around 6:00 PM central last night missed quite a bit of action on the recruiting front.

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For those unaware, we have now entered a "Dead Period" in the recruiting of high school players for football that will last until January 15.  This period is new to the recruiting schedule this year and intended to provide a break for recruits/coaches lasting through the bowls.  Before anyone asks, I am unaware if teams are still capable of bringing players in for bowl workouts or the like.  Based on the concept of the "Dead Period," I'm going to say no.

Because that period is now upon us with relation to high school players and the signing period for early enrollees, including JUCOs, begins tomorrow, we've seen a flurry of JUCO commitments across the country in the last few days.  Until yesterday, that didn't include Baylor.  After last night, it now does in a big way.  Our new commits:

CB Chris Sanders -- 6-1, 185 pounds, HUDL profile, Twitter: @Official_ChrisS
CB Tion Wright -- 5-9, 170 pounds, HUDL profile, Twitter: @WrightTion
LB Grant Campbell -- 6-1, 225 pounds, HUDL profile, Twitter: Unknown

All three commits come at areas of need for Baylor going into next season as we try to replace our top 3 corners (K.J. Morton, Joe Williams, and Demetri Goodson) and All-Big 12 OLB Eddie Lackey.  My guess is that of the two corners, Sanders is the more ready at the moment to step right in opposite Xavien Howard.  Campbell looks tailor-made to play next to returning MLB Bryce Hager in Lackey's spot.  That is apparently how we recruited him in the first place.

The other big news of the night is that Episode 27 of OurDailyPodcast is here!  Download it, stream it, etc. so you can listen to Peter, Ted, and I talk the UT coaching search, basketball, and everything else.

Podcast UPDATE!

Even though you just got Episode 27 with lots of basketball talk another podcast is already planned! Tonight we’re recording the much-hyped "wheels off podcast" episode, with Amy Pagitt, Matt Is Bear, and daFANK joining us. We’re recording tonight because Peter need time to learn basketball and watch the game tomorrow night. There’s no planned discussion topics at this point, just some general ideas and we’re going to let it roll. However, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We want your suggested topics for the podcast. What should we talk about? Also, I need No Huddle Questions! It’s been quite a while since we’ve done a No Huddle segment, and it wouldn’t be a wheels off podcast without a completely wheels off No Huddle to go along with it. So, send your No Huddle questions to OurDailyPodcast(at)gmail(dot)com. Or message them to the podcast’s Twitter account. Or call them into That Good Ol’ Baylor Phone Line: (774) 257-4236.

Thanks folks! Expect the episode to drop later in the week, after you’ve had time to enjoy and digest Episode 27.


Hey Syracuse Fans, Let's Send 400 Kids To The Texas Bowl (UPDATED) - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Since a lot of Orange fans can't make it to the game, let's send 400 Houston-area kids to go instead.

This is awesome.  Help if you want to.

College football recruiting news roundup: The flurry before the dead period -
Coaches can't contact players in person between December 16 and January 15, according to NCAA rules.

2013 SB Nation All-America Team -
We like college football. We voted together on the country's best players. Come tell us what you think! Also, we collected the whole thing in a very pretty display.

Big 12 2013 All-Big 12 underclassman team - ESPN
On our All-Big 12 team that came out Monday only two underclassmen made the cut. And one of those was West Virginia punter Nick "Boomstache" O’Toole (Texas Tech offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark was the other).

Big 12 all-star game invitations - ESPN
With only the bowls left, the all-star games are beginning to fill out their rosters. Invitations for pre-draft games have gone out to seniors around the Big 12.'s 2013 All-America Team - ESPN's 2013 All-America Team -- Cyril Richardson!

Conference wrap: Big 12 - ESPN
Dealing with the likes of Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden and Landry Jones had become commonplace for Big 12 defenses in previous seasons. In 2013, defensive coordinators around the conference got their revenge, kind of, as the Big 12 scoring average dropped to 31.7 points per game, the lowest since 2010.

Montgomery Named Offensive Coordinator of the Year - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -
Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery was named the Offensive Coordinator of the Year, the website announced Monday.

Baylor football: Bears break huddle again in preparation for Fiesta Bowl - Baylor Bears Football
Practicing for bowl games never gets old, but Baylor coach Art Briles has seen an abundance of energy in his squad’s first two workouts after a week off for final exams.


Not saying it's true or it isn't, but it doesn't sound good, regardless.