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On College Gameday this morning, Isaiah Austin shared a powerful tale of triumph over adversity that I don't think many have heard.

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Just a few minutes ago, ESPN ran a story on Baylor sophomore Isaiah Austin revealing that in middle school, Austin suffered a torn retina robbing him of vision in his right eye.  I can't speak for everyone, but I was absolutely floored.  It seems like most on twitter were about his amazing story.

I am seriously blown away by this.  You can watch the feature here:

No Excuses: Isaiah Austin - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: During middle school, Baylor center Isaiah Austin suffered a torn retina that caused a loss of vision in his right eye, but that hasn't stopped him as a threat on the basketball court.

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Speaking of Mr. Austin, he's playing a game today against the Oklahoma Sooners with the rest of Baylor MBB.  Baylor Football will be honored either before or during the game for their Big 12 Championship, and the goal is to black out the Ferrell Center just as we did Floyd Casey.  The game will be broadcast on ESPN with tipoff at 1 PM.

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Baylor Bears - Preview - January 18, 2014 - ESPN
Baylor's defense simply hasn't been good enough in a pair of Big 12 losses to open its conference road slate, and its most recent effort left one of its starters questioning his team's hunger to win.

No. 12 MBB Hosts No. 25 OU for "Back In Black" - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
No. 12 Baylor basketball hosts No. 25 Oklahoma at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ferrell Center. The Bears will be Back In Black to honor BU football's Big 12 Championship.

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Baylor Bears Preview - CBSSports.com
Baylor's defense simply hasn't been good enough in a pair of Big 12 losses to open its conference road slate, and its most recent effort left one of its starters questioning his team's hunger to win.

MBB | Opponent Preview: No. 12 Baylor Bears - Crimson And Cream Machine
Oklahoma looks to right the ship by taking down a top 12 program.

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In case you weren't around last night, Baylor QB Bryce Petty took home the inaugural Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, given to the most outstanding CFB player hailing from or playing in the state of Texas.  He beat out A&M's Johnny Manziel for the award, among others.

Petty Claims Inaugural Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
Baylor junior quarterback Bryce Petty was named the recipient of the inaugural Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, the Tyler Chamber of Commerce and SPORTyler announced Friday.

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This happened last night:

That's pretty awesome.  If you can make it out there to the game, please go!

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Something to watch in recruiting.  Mr. Bonney was rumored to be visiting Baylor this weekend or next for an official visit.  He is currently committed to Texas.

And that's pretty much it. See you guys at 1 for the Game Thread!