Goodyear Cotton Bowl vs. Michigan State – January 1, 11:30 a.m. – Arlington, TX
I think we all know about this one already. Recent news includes Spartan defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi packing his bags to become the next head coach at Pitt. This makes the loss of Baylor offensive coordinator Phil Montgomery somewhat less disheartening, as the bran behind the Spartans' trademark defense will be absent from the sidelines on New Years Day.
Pat Narduzzi has agreed to become Pittsburgh's next head coach. Narduzzi was def. coordinator at Michigan St. for 8 years. (via @schadjoe)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 24, 2014
Vs. Norfolk State – December 30, 7 p.m. – Waco, TX
Baylor MBB closes out its non-conference slate against Norfolk State. The visitors have played the role of spoiler before, and will try to take advantage of a dead holiday Ferrell Center. Hopefully Baylor comes out more focused than in their last game, a nail biter against Southern that should never have been. It'll be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest.
At Oklahoma – January 3, 3 p.m. – Norman, Oklahoma
Baylor's conference opener will be on ESPNU against the Sooners. Oklahoma is good but mortal, recording three losses this year, one of which was to Washington less than a week ago. This could be a litmus test for Big 12 play, since it appears that Oklahoma represents a healthy sampling of what the Big 12 will be like. It's a gauntlet this year, so if Baylor manages to make the NCAA tournament, the whole country will have the Bears on their radar.
Vs. Prairie View A&M – December 29, 7 p.m. – Waco, TX
I know nothing about this matchup, but it will probably involve Nina Davis blowing up another planet. The Lady Bears got two quality wins recently with Syracuse and Michigan State (the latter of which turned a halftime deficit into a thorough beatdown). Lady Bears are good. The sun set in the west yesterday.
USTA Florida Futures – January 2-11 – Plantation, Florida
I don't know what this nine-day tennis meet entails, but must be a big deal. Baylor is pretty good at tennis per usual, so expect good news.
President Commits to Tulsa!
I hate that we won't get to see Chad President at Baylor, but his decision to follow Coach Montgomery to Tulsa shows the strong relationships he formed with the Baylor staff. I believe Chad will have an excellent career at his new school and I wish him all the best- I believe I can speak for the entire Baylor community in saying that. He wanted to play quarterback, and his opportunity to do so at Baylor diminished considerably with the commitment of Jarett Stidham. There is absolutely no bad blood here.
And now Chad gets to go play for the same coach that recruited him for 2 years in the system he already loves. Very logical move.— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) December 26, 2014
May you destroy UCF from now until eternity, Mr. President.