|Great Time to Be a Bear
9:15 P.M. THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2011
Hello Baylor Bears,
These are special and precious times to be a Baylor Bear! We have much to be thankful for as
God has granted abundant favor to Baylor University and the athletics program.
This has been a most extraordinary fall with every team advancing to NCAA postseason competition (men's and women's cross country to NCAA regionals; women's soccer NCAA, second round; volleyball, NCAA first round) and Baylor football being invited to the Alamo Bowl on December 29 in San Antonio. Coupled with the women's and men's basketball teams currently being ranked first and 7th nationally, respectively, a strong case can be made that at this moment Baylor has the nation's premiere athletics program.
We announced last week that Baylor's allotment of 12,500 tickets to the Alamo Bowl sold in less than three days. Thank you Baylor Nation for rising up and filling the stands for the Alamo Bowl. Now, we need to turn everyone into season ticket holders and Bear Foundation members in order to build an athletics program that will be both successful and sustainable for the long-term!
We are blessed with so many wonderful student-athletes at Baylor. Of course, Robert Griffin III has had a special week in winning the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback and the Heisman Trophy, given to the top college football player in the country. RG3 has brought Baylor and our athletics program great distinction this year through his performance on the field, his academic accomplishments and his efforts in the community. Also, special recognition is in order to Coach Briles and the coaching staff for developing Robert into such an exceptional player along with him teammates who do so much for him on and off the field.
We have a batch of questions this week from fans, so let's find out what people want to talk about:
I'm a third generation BU grad from the class of 1982. I've never been so pleased with the performance of all of Baylor's athletic teams, and I think you deserve a lot of credit for helping Baylor compete in one of the best athletic conferences in the country.
Art Briles is obviously getting a lot of attention by schools wanting to build a football program as successful as ours, and many of those schools have huge budgets to attract a coach with his proven record of success. What is being done to ensure a continued relationship with coach Briles?
We are fortunate that Coach Briles, along with our coaches and staff across the board, are very loyal and devoted to Baylor.
We have made it a practice not to comment on personnel matters or discuss employment contracts. Coach Briles has done extraordinary work in building a successful football program at Baylor and as a result the University has garnered significant national respect and visibility.
Moreover, Baylor football is enjoying great momentum and we look forward to sustained success under Coach Briles' leadership.
As an alumni that has had some good years (1983-87) and some lean years (since) ... what is Baylor going to do to keep Art Briles and the staff at Baylor so that we can continue what has started? I have already committed to the new stadium, but what else is being done??
Thank you for your gift to the on-campus stadium project. The most important need for the football program moving forward is to complete this project. We are still working through the feasibility study and look forward to having pricing and amenity information later this month.
We will need Baylor Nation and our most generous donors to come together in order to make the on-campus stadium a reality.
Is there a specific hotel in San Antonio that will be the main hotel for team and fans? Thanks.
We are looking forward to traveling to San Antonio later this month for the Alamo Bowl. The Baylor team hotel is the Hyatt Regency San Antonio. We understand that ticket sales are going extremely well and Baylor Nation will be in San Antonio in full force!
Is there any chance that the Tech-Baylor game can become a home-and-home series instead of being played in Dallas?
Thank you for the question about the Baylor - Texas Tech football series. The game is scheduled for Thanksgiving Saturday in 2012. Beyond this game, we have a two-year option to continue to play the game at Cowboys Stadium.
We have been pleased with the games played in Arlington as it is attractive for fans, appealing to student-athletes and is as equal if not more lucrative from both a revenue and exposure standpoint than playing on-campus over Thanksgiving weekend. With that, I anticipate that the game may remain at Cowboys Stadium for an extended period if Texas Tech is agreeable.
These are very exciting times at Baylor. Congrats with all the success in the athletic programs! My question is...Any chance in the future that Baylor would consider adding a swimming program for girls/boys? Thanks for your time and continued success in the future!
The Woodlands Texas
I appreciate the kind e-mail and question. At this time, we do not have any plans to add additional intercollegiate sports at Baylor. We are compliant with Title IX and have 19 outstanding programs that are performing at a high level.