Wisconsin throttles Baylor, gains West final

Wisconsin Rolls Previous Baylor


ANAHEIM, Calif. – Ben Brust and his Wisconsin teammates obtained oodles of open pictures while they sliced and diced Baylor's vaunted zone defense. When the Bears had the ball, 7-foot Frank Kaminsky always appeared to be right in their way.

Brust, Kaminsky and their Badgers understand they dominated Baylor in a 69-52 victory Thursday evening because of a coach who at all times places them in the correct spots.

Bo Ryan has never been to college basketball's closing weekend, however the Badgers are thrilled to put him on the brink.

"That might be a very special thing to do, however we also know that he's not going to let us look too far ahead," said Brust, who scored 14 points. "When that point comes, we'll deal with it. I would definitely like to do this for him."

Kaminsky scored 19 points and blocked six shots whereas Wisconsin romped into the West Regional remaining, reaching the final eight for the third time in school history.

Brust hit three of the six three-pointers from the second-seeded Badgers (29-7), who jumped to a 14-point lead within the first half and never let up on the overmatched Bears (26-12).

Kaminsky and his disciplined teammates shredded the Baylor zone that performed so well within the first two games. Wisconsin additionally methodically shut down Baylor's gifted offense while moving into its second regional last in 13 years under Ryan, who has seen nearly every part except the Last Four in a 700-win coaching profession.

"I'd be honored to be part of that," Kaminsky mentioned.

Wisconsin advanced to the regional remaining Saturday in opposition to prime-seeded Arizona, which held off San Diego State 70-64 within the late sport at Honda Middle. The Badgers haven't been to the Last 4 since retired coach Dick Bennett obtained them there in 2000.

The Badgers superior by countering every little thing the Bears do nicely. Wisconsin wrecked Baylor's zone, negated their 3-level capturing acumen with perimeter defense, stored the tempo on the Badgers' preferred velocity and even held a 39-33 rebounding edge on Baylor, one of many nation's prime rebounding teams.

Ryan placed on a bit of a coaching clinic, but that's nothing new. The Wisconsin folk hero has led the Badgers to an NCAA match berths in every of his thirteen seasons, but solely obtained this near the Remaining 4 in 2005.

"We get 40 extra minutes, and I'm awfully happy with them," Ryan mentioned.

Kaminsky added one other outstanding performance to his junior season with the Badgers, racking up 10 points and 4 blocked pictures whereas Wisconsin took a 29-16 lead into halftime. Wisconsin held Baylor to a season-low in first-half points.

Cory Jefferson scored 15 points for the sixth-seeded Bears in their third Candy 16 trip in 5 years.

Isaiah Austin and Kenny Chery scored 12 points apiece for Baylor.

The Bears needed a late rally simply to match their lowest-scoring performance of the season in the ultimate seconds.

"Wisconsin actually performed an awesome sport, and we did a very poor job in making things powerful," mentioned Baylor coach Scott Drew, who nonetheless led his group to a strong finish after its 2-eight start to Huge 12 play. "They're extraordinarily arduous to strain and rattle… Once we acquired behind, we needed to do some things we wished we didn't need to do."

Three lower-bowl sections of the Anaheim Ducks' residence arena had been packed with red-clad Badgers followers, who usually prove in droves for his or her college's journeys to Southern California, together with three straight current journeys to the Rose Bowl.

That they had loads of time to rejoice while their Badgers shortly sapped all of the drama out of those schools' first meeting.

Baylor's flexible zone defense induced numerous problems for Nebraska and Creighton within the Bears' victories final week. With a few days to arrange, Ryan clearly figured out exactly methods to assault it.

The Badgers acquired multiple open seems on practically every possession in the first half, moving the ball across the perimeter for open three-level attempts or getting it down low to Kaminsky, who scored eight of Wisconsin's first 10 points. Brust hit two 3-pointers within the first half, and only a few open misses prevented Wisconsin from blowing it open early.

On the other end, the Bears had little of the poise they confirmed in their first two video games. Baylor missed 12 of its first 15 shots and fell behind by 14 late within the half.

Baylor finally deserted the zone early within the second half, but Traevon Jackson hit a 3-pointer for Wisconsin on the following possession. The Bears confirmed their athleticism and talent with a number of one-man drives to the hoop in the second half, however the Badgers calmly stuck to their plan in a blowout win.

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Baylor shuts down McDermott and No. 3 seed Creighton

SAN ANTONIO – Too huge. Too robust. Too fast.

Baylor was too much of just about all the pieces for Creighton and Doug McDermott to handle.

And because of it, the sixth-seeded Bears are rolling out of Texas toward California and the NCAA event Candy sixteen after a formidable eighty five-fifty five win Sunday night time within the West Regional.

Isaiah Austin and Brady Heslip each scored 17 factors and Baylor used suffocating protection to shut down McDermott, ending the profession of certainly one of college basketball’s most prolific scorers.

“We did a superb job making it powerful on him,” Bears coach Scott Drew mentioned.

McDermott, who averaged 27 factors this season, finished with 15 however had simply three within the first half as Baylor constructed a 20-level lead. McDermott ranks fifth on the NCAA career scoring list with 3,a hundred and fifty points.

Baylor (26-11) had 5 gamers score in double figures and shot sixty four % in one of many dominant performances of the tournament.

The rest of the West bracket could wish to pay attention to this one. A group that regarded like a wreck six weeks in the past with a 2-8 start within the Massive 12 is brimming with confidence to match all that muscle in the lineup.

“We take satisfaction in individuals hating on us, and we love proving people flawed,” Austin said. “Everybody has bought into the one objective that we have in mind and that’s successful a nationwide championship.”

Baylor plays No. 2 seed Wisconsin on Thursday in Anaheim. In Baylor’s two previous trips to the Sweet 16, it fell one game in need of the Ultimate 4.

McDermott carried the Bluejays back to the round of 32 for the third year in a row, and had carried out it in spectacular style, leading the nation in scoring with a elegant taking pictures touch and uncanny knack to slither his means by means of defenders for layups and putback baskets.

McDermott spurned the prospect to show pro after last season, and this was the yr the Bluejays and their senior-laden lineup had been expected to drive Creighton farther into the NCAA match than any Bluejays staff earlier than them.

But Baylor’s protection gave him nothing: neither house to shoot nor even possibilities for his teammates to move him the ball.

And for all the discuss Creighton’s maturity and bonding, Baylor made the Bluejays look small and sluggish.

“This is the worst we have played all season, and it just stinks that it is the final one. However that does not take away from all my reminiscences here. It’s robust to go out this way,” McDermott stated.

Baylor got here out blazing from long range, flattening five three-pointers within the first 7 minutes. Kenny Chery made three and when Heslip, who was 0 for 6 in Friday’s win over Nebraska, swished his first in opposition to Creighton, he mockingly shook the fingers on both palms as he loped back down the court docket.

“We had been simply anticipating it to be a combat, to be trustworthy,” Heslip said.

McDermott, meanwhile, struggled to search out any kind of space inside or out against Baylor’s zone protection and badly misfired on his first attempt, a baseline shot that missed every thing.

This rout was just starting.

The Bears flexed their muscle early and often with a lineup built for the trials of the Big 12. Austin is 7-foot-1 and he teamed with 6-10 forward Cory Jefferson within the frontcourt. When Creighton missed a shot, the everyday consequence was three Bears below the basket with no Bluejays around.

Baylor’s bench was just as intimidating. When reserve ahead Rico Gathers pushed his 6-foot-eight, 270-pound body through the lane for a layup, two Creighton defenders had been powerless to stop him.

By the point Baylor had built a 20-level halftime lead, McDermott had taken solely three photographs, made one and had two fouls.

“We knew we had them on their heels,” Austin stated. “We wanted to step on their throat.”

Even when Creighton got a spark – Ethan Wragge made two 3-pointers early in the second half – Baylor merely matched basket for basket, denying any hopes of a rally.

Quickly it was showtime as Baylor’s lead kept rising. Jefferson slammed down an alley-oop dunk for a 58-34 lead with just more than 12 minutes to play. Gathers added another rim-rattler a couple of minutes later, his broad shoulders soaring to the basket to punctuate the night time.

When McDermott left the game with 2:31 to play, he hugged his father, Creighton coach Greg McDermott, earlier than retreating to the bench and burying his face in a towel.

“I am not sure it was Baylor being that good or us being that bad,” Greg McDermott said. “Over the course of the season you are going to have a couple of clunkers. We had one on the mistaken time.”

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Big win for Baylor


Oklahoma State is seeing its NCAA tournament hopes slip away without Marcus Smart. (USATSI)
Oklahoma State is seeing its NCAA match hopes slip away without Marcus Sensible. (USATSI)

With Sunday marking precisely one month remaining till Selection Sunday, we figured there was no better time to bring back the each day characteristic from the previous two seasons: "Poppin' Bubbles." When you're not familiar with it from past seasons, it's basically a bubble breakdown of the day's action, going by way of the winners and losers and what each bubble consequence means going ahead. Monday was the proper begin to the 2013-14 model.

For the latest Bracketology updates from CBSSports.com, try Jerry Palm's newest projected bracket.


Baylor: Regardless of Baylor beginning out 2-eight in the Massive 12, the Bears have performed themselves right back into consideration for the NCAA tournament. They picked up a huge win on Monday in extra time over Oklahoma State, carry their successful streak to 3 video games. Furthermore, a sweep of the Cowboys could help come March with the pecking order of the Huge 12. Baylor remains to be only 5-eight within the league, nevertheless it now has 5 high-50 wins overall – together with non-league wins over Kentucky and Colorado. There is only one sub-one hundred loss on the resume, and the way Texas Tech is enjoying lately, that may not be a sub-one hundred loss by the tip of the season. Right now, the Bears are either "final four in" or "final 4 out" of most projected brackets, so a ending stretch that features three of five games on the highway will determine their destiny.


Oklahoma State: That's now seven losses in a row for the Cowboys, which went zero-3 whereas Marcus Smart was suspended. He returns for the Texas Tech recreation this weekend, however Oklahoma State is in an enormous hole. They're just 3-9 towards the top 50 after Monday's loss to Baylor, a sport that also dropped Oklahoma State to 2-6 on the road. How will the committee view these three games without Sensible, although? There will certainly be some consideration given to his absence, however Oklahoma State had lost 4 in a row with him before the suspension. The following two video games – Texas Tech, TCU – should be wins, which seemingly puts them squarely on the bubble heading into their final three games: Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State.

Florida State: The Seminoles are fading shortly. They weren't in most projected brackets heading into the day, and a loss to North Carolina was their sixth defeat in the past eight video games. Florida State is simply 2-7 against the top 50 of the RPI, with the wins coming in the non-conference portion of the season against Atlantic 10 foes VCU and Massachusetts. Leonard Hamilton's team wants to turn issues round beginning this weekend at Pittsburgh – and even which may not be enough. If Florida State wins the next three, it will have some momentum heading into the season finale towards Syracuse.







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Art Briles on Texas rumors: ‘I am a Baylor Bear’

With Texas rumors swirling, Art Briles affirmed his commitment to Baylor on Twitter. (USATSI)
With Texas rumors swirling, Art Briles affirmed his commitment to Baylor on Twitter. (USATSI)

According to multiple experiences, Baylor coach Art Briles was serious about discussing the open coaching job at Texas after the Fiesta Bowl. The Austin-American Statesman even reported that Briles would likely accept the job if offered.

On Friday, Briles took to Twitter to affirm his dedication to the Baylor football program.

Baylor’s disappointing loss to UCF in the Fiesta Bowl might have performed a job in Briles’ determination to stick with the Bears, but it will be removed from the only motive to stay in Waco. The varsity has invested closely in Briles and the football program, as the Bears put together to defend that Big 12 title in a shiny new stadium with new services in 2014.

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Bortles, No. 15 UCF upset Baylor in Fiesta

Bortles, UCF Slug Baylor In Fiesta Bowl


GLENDALE, Ariz. – Blake Bortles rolled proper, crashed into two defenders and floated a cross to an open receiver just before happening. The 2 gamers who had a bead on Central Florida's quarterback stayed on the bottom, every pounding his palms into the turf because the receiver ran up the sideline.

Out of reach all game, the Knights pulled off one of many greatest upsets of the bowl season by outlasting the nation's prime offensive group in a rousing BCS debut.

Bortles stymied Baylor with his arm and legs whereas accounting for 4 touchdowns, Storm Johnson ran for three more scores, and No. 15 Central Florida turned the highest-scoring Tostitos Fiesta Bowl into a giant-play get together by outlasting the sixth-ranked Bears fifty two-forty two on Wednesday night time.

"There's not many exterior of us who consider we had an opportunity, but we did and I feel we confirmed what UCF football is all about," Bortles said.

Central Florida (12-1) wasn't given a lot of a chance, coming into the sport as a 17-point underdog.

The Knights did not care about the spread and certainly didn't back down from the massive, dangerous Bears, racing past Baylor with an array of huge plays.

They took an early 14-point lead and kept rolling, piling up 556 complete yards within the second-highest scoring BCS bowl ever.

Bortles, the junior who could be weighing a jump to the NFL, was the catalyst, throwing for three touchdowns on 20-of-31 passing and working for 93 yards and another rating.

Rannell Hall accounted for among the largest plays, catching 4 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson stored Baylor from ganging up on UCF's passing sport, grinding out 124 yards on 20 carries.

A lot for not having a shot.

"It's an important win, a fantastic feeling for everyone who's been by this system," UCF coach George O'Leary stated.

Known for its offensive prowess, Baylor (11-2) had a hard time maintaining with the Knights.

The Huge 12 champions finished with 550 total yards but were uncharacteristically undisciplined, getting 17 penalties for a hundred thirty five yards.

Bryce Petty tried to maintain the Bears in it, working for 3 touchdowns while throwing for 356 yards and two extra scores. Lache Seastrunk had some big runs in the first half and completed with 117 yards.

None of it was enough, with the way UCF ran through Baylor's protection.

"We caught a football staff that was sizzling," Baylor coach Artwork Briles mentioned. "They performed extremely properly early, obtained into us. We tried to play catch-up the whole recreation, never could flip it round when it wanted turning."

The Fiesta Bowl was the BCS coming-out celebration for Baylor and Central Florida earlier than faculty football's swap to a playoff system next season.

The Bears had been building toward this since Briles became coach in 2009, winding up his high-octane offense to steer the nation in scoring and churn out the second-most yards in Football Bowl Subdivision history.

Central Florida had a slower rise underneath O'Leary.

The coach, who was fired by Notre Dame five days after being hired for lying on his résumé, has built his popularity again up in Orlando, taking a program that went winless in 2004 to the inaugural American Athletic Convention title and computerized BCS berth this season.

The matchup was projected to be just like the 2011 Fiesta Bowl, through which mighty Oklahoma rolled over Connecticut 48-20.

The Knights weren't listening.

They opened with a seventy six-yard scoring drive capped by Johnson's sort out-breaking, 11-yard landing run. Johnson scored again on UCF's next possession, this time on a 2-yard run.

The early 14-0 lead was expected. The staff main wasn't.

Baylor finally revved up its offense late in the first quarter, scoring on a 1-yard TD sneak by Petty, and Central Florida appeared as if it was ready to collapse with turnovers on three consecutive plays.

Baylor turned only a kind of into points: a 30-yard cross from Petty to Levi Norwood. Petty adopted Johnson's fumble with an interception in the long run zone, simply his third of the season.

"Unfortunately, that was the turning point in the sport," Petty mentioned. "We needed that to avoid wasting momentum up for us, particularly after a turnover. Turnovers in the red zone kill an offense."

Then came the spectacular plays, seemingly one after another.

Corridor darted and dashed via Baylor's protection for a 50-yard landing on a display screen pass, with help from Josh Reese's downfield block.

Petty hurtled himself into the tip zone, flipping over UCF's Brandon Alexander to cap a thirteen-yard run. That gave Baylor 659 factors, breaking the NCAA record for a 13-recreation season set by Texas (652) in 2005.

The momentum was gone shortly after, when Corridor turned a swing cross right into a 34-yard touchdown – assisted again by Reese – to put the Knights up 28-20 at halftime.

Petty scored his third touchdown on 1-yard run within the third quarter and dashed in for the 2-point conversion to tie the game, however Central Florida still wouldn't back down.

Bortles hit Breshad Perriman on a ten-yard landing pass and opened the fourth quarter by scoring on a 15-yard run to place the Knights up 42-28.

Even after Baylor moved quickly for a 9-yard touchdown run by Glasco Martin, UCF had a solution, going up 49-35 on Johnson's forty-yard run by the heart of the Bears' protection.

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Baylor wins the BIG 12

Baylor Wins Big twelve


WACO, Texas – Turn System.Drawing.Bitmap lights, the fiesta is just starting out for No . 9 Baylor.

These Bears are usually headed to a BCS game since the Big 12 champion, making a fact out of the goal that seemed up to now out of reach when Art Briles grew to become their coach six years ago.

"That's what strike me, " quarterback Bryce Small said. "This is where it is. This is how that vision was. "

In what became the de facto Big 12 tournament game after Oklahoma State's reduction, Petty threw for 287 back yards with touchdown passes on the 1st drives after halftime and the Has beat No . 23 Texas, 30-10, on Saturday in the final online game at Floyd Casey Stadium right after 64 seasons.

"It's a defining moment for the program, " Briles said, incorporating he hopes they can repeat it too many times.

"We often believed with him, " large offensive guard Cyril Richardson stated. "We weren't going to disappoint your pet. "

The particular Bears (11-1, 8-1 Big 12), who never even had a successful record in the Big 12 prior to Briles arrived, have the first 11-win season in school history and are likely to the Fiesta Bowl. That is the incentive for their first outright title in a league since winning the South west Conference on 1980 when Paul Singletary called Floyd Casey Arena home.

Antwan Goodley made a nifty one-handed grab on a slant pass to have an 11-yard TD, one play right after Petty overthrew his wide-open restricted end at the goal line. Right after Texas (8-4, 7-2) went three-and-out, Lache Seastrunk had three consecutive runs for 28 yards plus Glasco Martin ran 10 back yards to help set up Petty's 6-yard TD pass to Levi Norwood along with a 17-3 lead.

Texas coach Mack Brown produced joking references all week regarding being the only coach in America actively playing for a conference championship while furthermore shrugging off speculation that he might be replaced.

Properly, the intense speculation about Brown's future is certain to increase now. The normal season is over for the Longhorns with no Big 12 title after dropping two of three games — just like the year started before the six-game winning streak.

"I'm disappointed in the reduction, obviously, " said Brown, which didn't want to talk about his long term. " I told them these people played hard enough, played tough sufficient, but we didn't make the performs we needed to make. "

Norwood came to the particular postgame interview wearing a cap that will read "RIP Floyd Casey, inch and said it was hard to placed into words what the final game within the stadium and the Big 12 tournament meant.

Ahmad Dixon, the senior safety who else grew up in Waco, placed in front side of the podium a sign declaring the particular Bears Big 12 champion. Then he told everyone to hold their queries, then reached down and picked up two bags of Tostitos, the particular sponsor of the Fiesta Bowl.

"What does this particular mean to me? " Dixon mentioned repeating a question, hold up the indication as an answer. "That's about is definitely… It was all just a dream, which dream just became a reality. inch

Petty completed 21 of 37, with Goodley catching eight of those for 114 yards. Martin rushed for 102 yards with 18-yard TD operate in the fourth quarter, one enjoy after officials wiped out K. M. Morton's touchdown on a 60-yard interception return when he was punished for celebrating before getting into the conclusion zone.

Malcolm Brown ran 25 times intended for 131 yards for the Longhorns. Situation McCoy completed only 12 associated with 34 passes for 54 back yards, two interceptions and a touchdown. The particular score was a 2-yarder to Brownish while scrambling on fourth lower after the Longhorns took a field objective off the board after a Baylor charges on the made kick.

About the same time the gold coin toss was happening at midfield in Waco, No . 18 Ok was wrapping up its 33-24 more than No . 6 Oklahoma State (10-2, 7-2), which with convincing wins over both Baylor and Tx last month was in the position in order to win the Big 12's guaranteed BCS berth.

Just before moving next year into a new $260 million stadium on campus, together busy Interstate 35 and the Brazos River, Baylor had a memorable complete in the final game after sixty four seasons at Floyd Casey.

Fans in dark, green or gold didn't also seem to mind the bitter chilly – the temperature was twenty-four degrees at kickoff with the wind flow chill making it feel much chillier. And most stayed around to share within the celebration and a stadium closing wedding ceremony, chanting "Big 12 champs! inch and "BCS! " That wedding ceremony ended with representatives from various eras in Baylor history switching over one of the eight light specifications in theThe final was Briles.

"It was emotional for everybody, inch Norwood said. "Everybody knew it had been there, whether it was outright or even a share. We wanted to be Huge 12 champs. "

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TCU’s Patterson takes swipe at Baylor coach Briles


Could this be the person you're arguing with on the Internet? (USATSI) ‘If that is what class is, I do not wish to be it,’ mentioned Patterson about Baylor (USATSI)


TCU coach Gary Patterson was not happy with happy with Baylor coach Art Briles or Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon after TCU’s forty one-38 loss to the Bears on Saturday, and he wasn’t shy about sharing his feeling in his post sport press convention.

“Quantity six [Ahmad Dixon], beats a guy up firstly of the season and doesn’t get suspended,” Patterson advised the assembled media. “He takes a shot and I would like him kicked out. The head coach came across the sector to me. I’ve acquired a man (Dixon) who’s laughing into the digital camera on the sideline. I’ve bought a guy (Trevone Boykin) that can’t come into the sport for a play. That is not what I name class.”

The incident Patterson refers to is Dixon’s ejection on Saturday for a focusing on call after he hit TCU receiver Trevone Boykin. After Dixon was ejected, he gestured to the TCU crowd as he left the sideline.

Patterson did not cease there, though, as he went on for a number of minutes.

“If [Briles] has an issue with me, he can come to the place I dwell,” mentioned Patterson. “I’ve respect for him and I have respect for his program, however I am not going to show my guys that and that guy [Dixon] has been doing that for 4 years. The underside line to it is, it wasn’t funny. Trevone Boykin came in for one more play and he jumped offsides. It wasn’t humorous. To come throughout the field at me, ugh huh.

“I didn’t build this program backing down to anybody and I’m not going to do it to him. Not in something we do, not in recruiting, not in something. You have to perceive he’s selecting on the wrong guy. At midfield [after the game], he said leave it on the sphere. I have. They did not correct the problem a very long time ago. He can say what he desires to. I’ve quite a lot of respect for the program and for him. However you’re not going to come throughout the sector to me and it isn’t going to be alright to let a guy stand on the sideline and chuckle in front of the TV digital camera when he tries to take a shot at someone and harm him.

“[Briles] can go appropriate his player as a result of nobody mentioned anything to him. I watched. I needed to get the official to go get him as a result of they let him stand on the sideline. If I didn’t say anything, they would have let him stand there the whole time. That isn’t cool.

“If that is what class is, I do not need to be it.”

You may watch the video of Patterson’s press conference right right here.

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Briles receives new 10-year deal from Baylor

Can Baylor Keep Rolling vs. Texas Tech?

Baylor football coach Art Briles has a brand new 10-yr contract with the Bears, the workforce he has taken from perennial Large 12 loser to the convention’s lone remaining undefeated workforce.

Briles instructed The Associated Press on Wednesday night that he’s really “humbled and blessed” by the new deal, which matches into effect after this season.

“It allows us to do what our job is, think about Texas Tech this Saturday,” Briles mentioned. “We feel fortunate to be at Baylor and are glad the feeling is mutual.”

Baylor regents approved the deal Wednesday. Monetary phrases weren’t revealed, which is customary policy for the personal college. A supply told ESPN’s Joe Schad that the deal will put Briles within the high third of Big 12 coaches in common annual pay. The Dallas Morning News reported that Briles will make more than $four million next season.

When Briles arrived at Baylor in November 2007, the Bears had simply completed their 12th consecutive dropping season beneath four coaches for the reason that inception of the Massive 12.

Briles is 41-30 at Baylor, which is eight-zero this season for the primary time at school historical past. The Bears are fifth within the BCS standings and have won a school-report 12 games in a row. Briles’ quick-paced spread offense has turned Baylor right into a nationwide title contender this season. The Bears are averaging 61 factors, on pace to interrupt a major school football document.

The 10-year deal goes by the 2023 season. Briles already had been signed for a number of seasons previous this 12 months.

“We have got numerous bridges to cross. We really feel like we’re within the infant phases of our program, with out query,” stated Briles, who turns fifty eight subsequent month. “That is what makes it exciting.”

After playing Texas Tech in the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium this weekend, the Bears have games left at No. 12 Oklahoma State and TCU. Their common-season finale, which would be the last game played at Floyd Casey Stadium, is Dec. 7 in opposition to No. 24 Texas in what may conceivably decide the Large 12 champion.

Baylor went 4-eight in every of Briles’ first two seasons, together with 2009, when Robert Griffin III suffered a season-ending knee harm within the third recreation of the season.

But in 2010, the Bears had their first profitable season as a Big 12 team and made it to their first bowl game in 16 years. A 12 months later, Griffin received the Heisman Trophy whereas Baylor capped its first 10-win season since Mike Singletary was a linebacker on the school 31 years earlier with a win over Washington within the Alamo Bowl.

Next season, the Bears move into a brand new $260 million on-campus stadium situated on the banks of the Brazos River.

Baylor athletic director Ian McCaw said in a current interview with the AP that Briles turned Baylor “into a destination job” after arriving able that “was not essentially the most interesting on the market.”

“To his credit, Artwork’s created something right here that’s actually particular, and we hope he’ll see it via to the final line,” McCaw said then.

Briles got here to Baylor from Houston, where he was 34-28 in 5 seasons (2003-07). The Cougars had been zero-eleven two seasons before he arrived, however Briles led them the 2006 Conference USA championship and four bowl games.

Briles has spent his complete coaching profession in Texas, beginning in the high school ranks. He won four state championships in his 12 seasons at Stephenville High before becoming the operating backs coach at Texas Tech, his alma mater. He spent three seasons with the Red Raiders earlier than going to Houston.

“Obviously, his observe record was large, however the issues that had been particularly interesting about him have been his capability to turn around applications,” McCaw advised the AP final month. “What he did at Stephenville High, taking on a program that really had never gained, leading them to 4 state championships, taking over Houston once they had been 0-eleven and taking them to 4 bowl video games. It takes a singular coach to have the ability to lead that kind of a turnaround, and he’s bought the make-up to do it. And he is achieved it once more at Baylor.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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Baylor DB Ahmad Dixon arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault

ahmad dixonBaylor defensive again Ahmad Dixon was arrested Thursday and has been charged with misdemeanor assault.

Dixon turned himself in at round noon Thursday after an arrest warrant was issued, in response to police. The two-time All-Huge 12 honorable point out safety posted a $1,500 bond and was released from custody Thursday afternoon.

The warrant stemmed from an incident through which Dixon assaulted a 21-yr-previous man who Dixon believed had broken into his condominium a number of months in the past.

From KWTX:

The victim, who wasn’t recognized, told police his cousin had known as him to a different house on Sept. sixteen in the same complex the place Dixon lives.

When he arrived Dixon and several other individuals were in the house enjoying video video games.

Dixon accused the victim of breaking into his condominium and when the man denied the accusation and laughed, “Dixon began to assault the victim,” Swanton mentioned.

The victim suffered accidents to the face, arm and elbow, but did not require hospitalization, Swanton said.

Dixon also reportedly made threats toward the victim and the sufferer’s household if fees were filed, Swanton stated.

Heath Nielsen, Baylor’s affiliate athletic director for communications, told KWTX the College is “conscious of the state of affairs” and that it’s going to “be handled internally.”

Dixon has registered 17 complete tackles for the 3-0 Bears who are off this week before returning to motion Oct. 5 at dwelling in opposition to West Virginia.


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Baylor is going all ‘Bear Dynasty’ for its game against Louisiana-Monroe

Have you ever wondered what Robert Griffin III would look like with an extended beard a la ‘Duck Dynasty?’ Surprise no extra.

Louisiana-Monroe visits Waco Saturday, and Monroe is the house base of the forged of Duck Dynasty, the wildly in style reality present on A&E. Final yr, when Monroe visited Baylor in an entertaining Friday night time showdown, Willie Robertson was on the sidelines in a Baylor jersey. And Duck Dynasty will probably be back this 12 months.

For the return go to, Baylor has put together a ‘Bear Dynasty’ promotional picture with Griffin, coach Art Briles, last 12 months’s quarterback (and Griffin successor) Nick Florence and current quarterback Bryce Petty all with Duck Dynasty inspired beards. Its as goofy as you’d count on. (Poor Petty, he is aged 30 years.)

Given that NHL groups have made playoff beards a behavior — and that beards are apparently a thing now — there should be a mass effort from a school football crew (and even higher, coaching staff) with nationwide title aspirations to start out the season clear shaven and not shave till the primary loss. Yeah, if you happen to’re Mark Richt and Georgia, you’d be babyfaced all season, however you recognize there have been plenty of Alabama fans out there who have wondered how Nick Saban would look with a beard.

And now that we all know how Briles appears with one, Doc Sat is completely behind him if he needs to be the primary to try.