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09.27.2013 Daily Bears Report, Early Edition

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Sadly, there's no Baylor football tomorrow. Stupid bye weeks, always ruining everything. Maybe a podcast can help.

The good news is that both Jordan Najvar and Glasco Martin are expected to be back on the field for the Bears when they open conference play against West Virginia next week. NFL.com's Gil Brandt is higher than most on the Bears, which he calls "talent-laden," which I guess is better than "worry-laden" or most other kinds of "-laden."

Men's basketball center Isaiah Austin has been cleared to begin practice with the Bears following his offseason labrum surgery, a very welcome piece of news as they start working towards this season today. Austin averaged 13.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game as a freshman with the NIT champion Bears.

A trio of former and current Lady Bears were invited to the USA Women's National Team mini-camp, with Brittney Griner, Sophia Young, and Odyssey Sims expected to attend from Oct. 4-6. Griner and Young currently compete for WNBA teams, and Sims is entering her senior year as a member of the Lady Bears.

No. 11 soccer opens league play this weekend, facing Oklahoma tonight at 7 p.m. and No. 18 West Virginia on Sunday at noon. Goalkeeper Michelle Kloss is a big part of the Bears' success, though she attributes her .985 save percentage, top in the nation, to the outstanding defense in front of her.

Men's tennis begins competition in the ITA All-American Championships this weekend, with six members of the team in Tulsa, Okla. for the week-long tournament. Recent HEB Intercollegiate champion No. 38 Julian Lenz will compete, as well as No. 18 Patrick Pradella and others.

Equestrian begins their season with the four-team Willis Invitational this weekend at the Willis Family Equestrian Center here at Baylor. The No. 7-ranked Bears are currently the five-time reigning champions of the Invitational, and will try to retain the title against South Dakota State, University of Tennessee-Martin, and New Mexico State.

Finally, what if every college football team had to have their own unique nickname?