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Steve Smith is out and the search for a new Baylor baseball coach is on. Women's golf is guaranteed their best finish in program history.

Women's Golf In Fifth at Nationals

Baylor Women's Golf is guaranteed a fifteenth-place finish at worst after ending Sunday in fifth place in Bradenton. Southern Cal has an almost insurmountable lead at this point, but a top five finish is very, very realistic for the Bears, who are being led by Dylan Kim and Hayley Davis. The competition will run through Wednesday, at which point we will officially be in the offseason.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Baylor assured of best <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NCAAGolf?src=hash">#NCAAGolf</a> Championship finish in program history: <a href="http://t.co/4gMgeTxyyz">http://t.co/4gMgeTxyyz</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SicEm?src=hash">#SicEm</a></p>&mdash; Baylor Women&#39;s Golf (@BaylorWGolf) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorWGolf/status/602703981144576000">May 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Baylor made the cutoff necessary to play today, as all teams below 15th place were eliminated.

Steve Smith Out After 21 Years

A figurehead of Baylor Athletics is gone after giving 21 years to the program. Smith's accolades are extensive, highlighted by a 2005 College World Series appearance. The victories were fewer and farther between as the years went by however, and many of us viewed his departure from the program either by force or of his own volition to be inevitable. It turns out we were right. Smith's contract was terminated yesterday evening and Ian McCaw announced the beginning of a national search for his replacement.

Thank your for everything you have done for this school, Coach Smith. In the dark times, before I was old enough to appreciate sports, your program was one of the few that gave Baylor fans any hope. Good luck in your next endeavor.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">If <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorBaseball">@BaylorBaseball</a> could get either one of these guys, I have to think it&#39;d be an absolute home run for the program <a href="https://t.co/dmeaGnFRss">https://t.co/dmeaGnFRss</a></p>&mdash; David Fankhauser (@dfank_BU) <a href="https://twitter.com/dfank_BU/status/602704188141744128">May 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">In Steve Smith&#39;s text to those within <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorBaseball">@BaylorBaseball</a> program, &quot;Bears: I deeply regret to inform you that today at 2:00 PM.....&quot; (Cont)</p>&mdash; David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidSmoak/status/602595027554930689">May 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Steve Smith continued, &quot;I was fired as the Head Baseball Coach. I am sorry that I could not tell you in person. Keep pushing ahead...(cont)</p>&mdash; David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidSmoak/status/602595343906119682">May 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">More Steve Smith, (cont), &quot;...and know that I will be following you. I am proud to have been your coach. God bless you. Sic&#39;em.&quot;</p>&mdash; David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidSmoak/status/602595645501779969">May 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Smith was one of only a few head coaches from the Pre-McCaw area left on campus. Matt Knoll and Kim Mulkey are all that remain of the olden days, and neither have lost any momentum.

The End of Tennis

It's over now. Diego Galeano and Julian Lenz fell to Texas in the national doubles semifinals. It was Galeano's last act in a Baylor uniform. Ema Burgic and Blair Shankle lost earlier in the weekend to end the women's run.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Diego Galeano &amp; Julian Lenz fall 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NCAAMWT?src=hash">#NCAAMWT</a> Doubles semifinals vs. UT&#39;s Glasspool/Olesen-Hess.</p>&mdash; BaylorMTennis (@BaylorMTennis) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorMTennis/status/602585597165764608">May 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Thanks for an amazing season, guys. Can't wait for the next one.

The Daily Bear