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Daily Bears Report 04.16.2013

Griner to Phoenix, Baylor Baseball to the front of the class, Oregon finds itself potentially scandalized, editable comments are here, and so much more.


Brittney Griner was picked by the Phoenix Mercury with the first overall pick in the WNBA draft last night, making her the first player from Baylor ever to be drafted that high. Brooklyn Pope was also picked in last night's draft, taken in the third round by the Chicago Sky, the same team that drafted Delaware's Elena Della Donne. Their final year as Lady Bears will be honored at the WBB Appreciation Banquet, slated to be held on April 23rd at the Ferrell Center. Dinner tickets are sold out, though program-only tickets are still available.

Baylor Baseball's Cal Towey was named the Big 12 Player of the Week for his heroics in the weekend series against Oklahoma. This is Towey's second time earning this award, both in this season and his career. Towey hit two game-winning homeruns, a walk-off on Friday and a grand slam on Sunday to lead the Bears in their wins over the top team in the conference. Baylor now hits the road for 5 games, stepping out of conference to play Texas State this evening. Baylor is 7-3 in midweek games this season.

Baylor Track and Field is hosting the Michael Johnson Classic this Saturday, and the alumni of the program are hosting a golf tournament and dinner at the Twin Rivers Golf Club. Both these events, held Friday night, are open for public and fan participation.

Baylor Equestrian had two members named NCEA All-Americans, earning three awards between them. Samantha Shafer was named in both fences and flat from the Hunter Seat team, and Shelbey Jackson was named to the second team in reining.

Get excited, because editable comments are coming to SBN! Along with the ability to completely hide a subthread, and other goodies.

Addition: In case you were wondering what today's "deadline" for eligibility for the NBA Draft means, it's not much.

Finally, the potential showdown between the NCAA and Oregon is coming to a head with the release of documents this morning by the former, and SB Nation's Oregon blog Addicted to Quack has the latest coverage. The words "major violations" have been uttered, so this is potentially a big deal. Know going in that the Oregon folks will probably skew a bit toward their school, as anyone would. ESPN is also, predictably, on the scene.

Finally, finally, the mothership has a new longform about Spelman College in Georgia, the first of potentially many smaller schools to decide that collegiate athletics are a minefield no longer worthy of the care it takes to trod. Is a revolution coming to the NCAA?