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Daily Bears Report: Friday, September 25

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The DBR is (hopefully) back full time now that my time is starting to stabilize. Here's the news!

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That's a pretty good way to start off the nation's longest active home winning streak. The official defense of that title begins tomorrow afternoon against Rice. I personally think the bye week came at the perfect time; the program clearly needed to screw its head on in the right direction and despite the Lebby headache we all dealt with earlier this week, the attitude on the other side of University Parks appears to be turning in the right direction. We'll see if the defense can cure its mobile quarterback ills.

No idea how to watch the game where you are? Here's your best bet:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Saturday&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SicRice?src=hash">#SicRice</a> game will be available on <a href="https://twitter.com/FOXSportsSW">@FOXSportsSW</a> as well as several other channels. FULL TV LISTINGS --&gt; <a href="http://t.co/otM5HiFfw3">pic.twitter.com/otM5HiFfw3</a></p>&mdash; Baylor Football (@BUFootball) <a href="https://twitter.com/BUFootball/status/647089287343681537">September 24, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Grant Teaff in ICU

In less exciting news, Baylor legend Coach Grant Teaff is currently in the hospital after collapsing yesterday. Coach Teaff is reportedly doing fairly well as of yesterday evening and is mostly just irked that he won't be at tomorrow's game. Get well soon, Coach. Go eat a worm or something.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ex <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Baylor?src=hash">#Baylor</a> coach Teaff praises &quot;second to none&quot; Waco hospitals — in ICU w/blood clots: <a href="http://t.co/dKjzUZxH0f">http://t.co/dKjzUZxH0f</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/sicem?src=hash">#sicem</a> <a href="http://t.co/FoETio9kYu">pic.twitter.com/FoETio9kYu</a></p>&mdash; Waco Tribune-Herald (@wacotrib) <a href="https://twitter.com/wacotrib/status/647223251488374784">September 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Baylor coaching legend Grant Teaff recovering from blood clots at Waco hospital, not happy about missing game vs Rice this weekend.</p>&mdash; Bruce Gietzen (@BruceatKXXV25) <a href="https://twitter.com/BruceatKXXV25/status/647247734206918656">September 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Teaff, for those out of the loop, was head of the Baylor program from 1972 to 1992, and oversaw most of the program's strong years during the modern era. The Dark Times began after he retired in 1992 and continued until the hiring of Art Briles. Coach Teaff still lives in Waco, where he serves as head of the American Football Coaches Association and makes regular appearances at university events, including Freshman Mass Meeting at Homecoming.

State of the Athletic Department

Things have been happening in the absence of the DBR, and here they are.

Soccer

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Preview for Friday&#39;s Big 12 home opener vs. Oklahoma State: <a href="http://t.co/87vU0IRXjL">http://t.co/87vU0IRXjL</a>&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SicOSU?src=hash">#SicOSU</a></p>&mdash; Baylor Soccer (@BaylorFutbol) <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorFutbol/status/647206400658046976">September 25, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Baylor Soccer has made a nice little turnaround in the last few weeks, ripping off five straight wins to pull a winning record out of a hat. The road ahead isn't easy- the Big 12 is a brutal conference in most sports, and almost especially so in women's soccer. A home win tonight against Oklahoma State would go a long way towards legitimizing a Baylor team that has struggled with youth and injuries early on.

Volleyball

Baylor Volleyball looks to have improved this year; they are currently 11-2 heading into Big 12 play. Their Big 12 opener is tomorrow at Kansas State at 7 p.m. A winning record in Big 12 play would be a massive accomplishment for new coach Ryan McGuyre, a former florida state assistant who took over a program that former coach Jim Barnes left in a state of disarray after a 10 year tenure that can hesitantly be called successful.

The Rest

Well, basketball season starts on November 13 against SFA. There's been little news from the program besides the icy new uniforms. I see Jo Acuil around campus regularly- he's hard to miss at 7'0. The Sudanese-Australian JuCo forward from Melbourne is massive and not as skinny as he looks in pictures. He looks the part, now he needs to play the part. We know what we have in Rico Gathers and Taurean Prince. Hopefully Lester Medford, King McLure, and Al Freeman can hold down the guard spots.

Baseball is an enigma. Coach Rodriguez is doing that recruiting thing but we won't know how effective he is until the spring.

Trayvon Bromell is still fast.

The tallest Lady Bear is 6'7 freshman (and five star recruit) Kalani Brown. It's not Griner height, but I've seen her walking around and the girl is a skyscraper. Go get rebounds, kid. Nina Davis is just a junior. Nina Davis is just a junior. Nina Davis is just a junior.

I assume the equestrian team's horses are being fed. If someone forgets to feed them I'm sure Dan Wolken will figure out a reason why Art Briles should be fired for it.

That's pretty much it. Y'all have a good one! One more sleep.