Fans can purchase season tickets or single-game tickets for the 2009 football season or renew their season tickets for the 2009-10 women's basketball season online (Buy Tickets Online | Renew Season Tickets) or at the Baylor Ticket Office, which has moved to the Ferrell Center (M-F, 8-5 p.m.).
The Baylor softball coaching staff was recognized as the 2009 NFCA Division I Central Region Coaching Staff of the Year. It marks the second time in three seasons that the coaching staff was recognized as a regional coaching staff of the year by the NFCA. Congratulations, head coach Glenn Moore, associate head coach Mark Lumley, assistant coach Britni Newman, assistant coach Josh Newman and student assistant coach Maritza Martinez!
Here's the list of the other regional coaching staffs of the year as named by the NFCA.
Baylor finished 33rd in the final 2008-09 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings released Monday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Baylor totaled 611.75 points to register its third-highest finish in the national all-sports sweepstakes and finish fifth among Big 12 Conference institutions.
Here's how the rest of the Big 12 fared in the final rankings: 6. Texas, 13. Texas A&M, 29. Oklahoma, 31. Nebraska, 33. BAYLOR, 35. Oklahoma State, 36. Missouri, 57. Texas Tech, 58. Iowa State, 69. Colorado, 72. Kansas, 77. Kansas State. Click here for a complete of the final standings.
Baylor '09 football signee and Team USA co-captain Bryce Petty guided the USA Football Junior National Team to a 78-0 rout of Team France Saturday night in Canton, Ohio. Petty was 5-for-8 for 58 yards and a touchdown, while fellow '09 BU signee Tevin Reese hauled in a team-high three catches for 40 yards and a score.
Team USA advances to face Team Mexico Wednesday at 6 p.m. CDT; Mexico throttled Team Sweden in first-round play Saturday 41-0.
He was a three-time pole vaulting All-American and a two-time NCAA national runner-up. Now, he is considered a pole vault 'guru.' Todd Cooper has produced seven state champions, six state runner-ups and 30-plus all-state medalists as the vaulting coach at Excelsior Springs High School in Excelsior Springs, Mo.
Benjamin Becker's run at The All England Lawn Tennis (and Croquet) Club ended Thursday when the former Baylor men's tennis All-American lost his first-round doubles match at Wimbledon. Becker and German teammate Rainer Schuettler lost to Chris Guccione (Austria)/Frank Moser (Germany), 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-5.
Former Baylor men's tennis All-American Benjamin Becker lost to 26th-seeded Jurgen Melzer (Austria) Thursday in the second round at Wimbledon, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 7-6 (7-1). Later Thursday, Becker will team up with fellow German Rainer Schuettler in doubles against Chris Guccione (Austria)/Frank Moser (Germany).
Baylor's Athletic Media Relations staff collected six national awards at the 2009 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Convention in San Antonio Wednesday. Baylor's men's tennis guide (Julie Bennett) was selected as Best in Nation as well as Best Cover for a single-sport game program for baseball (Larry Little).
Also receiving national citations were the softball media guide (Second in Nation, Kyle Cornish), women's tennis media guide (Third in Nation, Jon Brown), women's track media guide (Fourth in Nation, Jon Brown) and baseball media guide (Eighth in Nation, Larry Little). Bennett and student assistant Tiffany Troyer received a second-place award in the district for the women's equestrian guide.
The 2009 CoSIDA Convention wraps up Thursday, which is being led by outgoing CoSIDA president and Baylor Senior Associate AD Nick Joos.
Baylor Associate Athletic Media Relations Director Julie Bennett was one of 13 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) members recognized with a 25-Year Award during the 2009 CoSIDA Convention Tuesday in San Antonio. Bennett just completed her 16th year at Baylor and is a 26-year athletic media relations veteran. Congratulations Julie!
Fresh off his first tour win at the Ordina Open in the Netherlands on Saturday, former Baylor men's tennis All-American Benjamin Becker won his first round match at Wimbledon Tuesday, downing Croatia's Roko Karanusic in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1. Becker will face Austrian Jurgen Melzer in the second round.
Of course, The New York Times doesn't find Becker's first-round success as a surprise.
After rounds of 74 and 73 to open the 2009 Irish Women's Open, Baylor Lady Bears golfer Hannah Burke shot a final-round 6-under 67 to force a playoff with Lisa Maguire. The pair needed seven playoff holes, but Maguire birdied the seventh extra hole to win the 3 Irish Women's Open Strokeplay Sunday.
Baylor Class of 2009 signee and Midlothian (Texas) standout quarterback Bryce Petty was named one of four captains - as selected by a player-only vote - USA Football Junior National Team Sunday night. Joining Petty on the USA Junior National Team is fellow Baylor '09 classmate Tevin Reese (Temple, Texas).
USA Football's Junior National Team is led by head coach Chuck Kyle of Cleveland St. Ignatius, who has led his Wildcats to 10 large-school Ohio state titles and two USA Today "national championships."
The inaugural International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Junior World Championship features teams from eight nations spanning four continents - Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Sweden and the United States - and will be played in Fawcett Stadium adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio from June 27-July 5.
Petty and Reese will lead USA into the IFAF Junior World Championship against France Saturday, June 27, at 8 p.m. For more information on the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship, visit www.jwcfootball.com.
Former Baylor Tennis Standout Wins ATP Title
Former Baylor men's tennis All-American Benjamin Becker won his first ATP title earlier today at the Ordina Open in the Netherlands. Becker beat out Raemon Sluiter in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3.
Got your Season Tickets Yet?
The start of the 2009 Baylor football season is 78 days away...Do you have your season tickets yet? If not, you can purchase them online or contact the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at (254) 710-1000. Lady Bears basketball fans can even start renewing their season tickets, as well.
More Coaches Caravan Bear Blitzness
Mark your calendars: Tuesday, July 28, will be a busy day for the 2009 Art Briles "Bear Blitz" Coaches Caravan. Join BaylorNation and Coach Briles at a Kickoff Luncheon at The Intercontinental Hotel in Dallas from 12:30-2 p.m. Later that night, a Kickoff Dinner will be held in Fort Worth at Colonial Country Club from 7-9 p.m.
To purchase tickets or tables, register online or call (866) 281-9444 by July 27.
"Bear Blitz" Coaches Caravan Roadtrip...to Austin
After a kickoff dinner in Houston Tuesday, July 14 at the JW Marriott Houston (Register online or call 866/281-9444 by July 11), the 2009 Art Briles "Bear Blitz" Coaches Caravan continues through Texas with a Kickoff Luncheon Monday, July 20, in Austin. Join head coach Art Briles at the Courtyard by Marriott Convention Center from 12:30-2 p.m.
Individual tickets are $35, while Bear Foundation members are $30. Register online or call (866) 281-9444 by July 17.
RG3's "Welcome to Baylor Football 2009" Shoot
Baylor sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III (aka RG3) tapes a 30-second spot for an upcoming "Welcome to Baylor Football 2009" season-ticket commercial Wednesday at the Simpson Center.
It's Only June, But Big 12 Men's Hoops Talk is Heating Up
The Big 12 Conference held its Men's Basketball Coaches Summer Teleconference Tuesday morning with local and national media members. And while Baylor returns only 47 percent of last season's record-breaking offense, the Bears are still going to be exciting. Trust FCP. Don't believe us? Check out what some Big 12 media outlets have to say about the Bears:
Baylor head coach Scott Drew talks potential (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
"Nolan was an outstanding high school player in Texas and his biggest strength is his versatility...It's nice to get somebody that can help you in a variety of ways, and he's going to make a nice contribution for Baylor."
Big 12 Impact Freshmen for 2009-10 Season (Kansas City Star)
Okie in Waco (Tulsa World)
Lady Bears Softball Finishes 2009 Ranked 15th Nationally
The Baylor Lady Bears softball team wrapped up the 2009 season with its highest ranking of the year and the third-highest ranking in program history Tuesday afternoon. Baylor finished 15th nationally in both the ESPN.com/USA Softball and USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Polls.
Scott Drew Interviewed Tuesday for 700 Club
Baylor head men's basketball coach Scott Drew interviewed with CBN anchor/news reporter Carolyn Castleberry for an upcoming episode of The 700 Club. Coach Drew spoke of the Power of WHO! and The Power of WHO! author Bob Beaudine.
Mikkelsen, Allcorn Conclude Second Round at British Amateur
Baylor's Joakim Mikkelsen and Bill Allcorn concluded their respective second rounds at the British Amateur Championship Tuesday in Liverpool, England. Mikkelsen improved by one stroke from Monday's score, carding a 4-over 76 to finish stroke-play with a 9-over 153. After a bogey on the opening par-4 hole at Formby, Mikkelsen regrouped with three-straight pars before a birdie on hole No. 5 and No. 7. The Norwegian double-bogeyed on the par-4 No. 9 to finish the front nine 1-over par. Mikkelsen recorded three bogeys on the back nine to finish 4-over par on the day.
Allcorn parred the opening four holes at West Lancashire before a triple-bogey on the par-5 No. 5. He later suffered a bogey on No. 10, a double-bogey on No. 12, a bogey on No. 13 and another bogey on No. 16 to finish the day at 8-over 80. Allcorn concluded stroke-play with a 15-over 159.
Both Mikkelsen and Allcorn will miss the cut for match-play.
Big 12 Men's Basketball Coaches Summer Teleconference
Baylor head men's basketball coach Scott Drew spoke during the Big 12's Summer Basketball Teleconference Tuesday morning.
Allcorn Fires First-Round 79 at Formby
Baylor alum Bill Allcorn fired an opening-round 7-over 79 on the par-72 Formby Golf Course Monday at The 2009 British Amateur Championship. Allcorn will tee off the second round at West Lancashire Golf Course at 3:50 a.m. CDT.
Mikkelsen Concludes First Day at British Am, Allcorn Still on the Course at Formby
Playing the par-72, 7,020-yard West Lancashire Golf Course, Baylor men's golfer Joakim Mikkelsen shot a 5-over 77 to finish the first round of The 2009 British Amateur Championship. Mikkelsen did not record a birdie on the day, while registering 13 pars and five bogeys. Mikkelsen will tee off Tuesday's second round on the par-72, 7,095-yard Formby Golf Course at 1:11 a.m. CDT (7:11 a.m. local time).
"A Season To Remember"
It most certainly was "A Season To Remember." In the latest issue of Baylor Magazine, Kevin Tankersley talks about the adversity both the Bears and Lady Bears face this past season on and off the hardwood.
Walker 3-Under Through Second Round at St. Jude Classic
Former Baylor All-American golfer Jimmy Walker shot a 5-under 65 during Thursday's opening round of the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn. Walker entered Friday's second round in sole possession of second place, but carded an 2-over 72 to finish at 3-under 137 through two rounds.
Former Baylor Women's Hoops Coach Sonja Hogg to be Inducted in Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday
Former Baylor women's basketball coach Sonja Hogg is one of the six people inducted in the 2009 class of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. Waco Tribune-Herald sports writer John Werner talks about Hogg's impressive legacy to the Hall of Fame.
Welcome to Baylor Football 2009
Welcome to Baylor Football 2009. It's only June but the excitement is in the air throughout Central Texas. Who's ready for some football?
A Smooth Operator
A new banner of Jason "Smooth" Smith, the No. 2 overall pick by the St. Louis Rams in the 2009 NFL Draft, now hangs on the facade of Baylor's Floyd Casey Stadium.
2009 Art Briles "Bear Blitz" Coaches Caravan Dinner
Going West: Baseball's Miller Drafted by Dodgers
Baylor junior Aaron Miller was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 36th overall pick in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Miller, who was selected as a pitcher, was the fourth selection in the supplemental first round. He is the first Baylor player taken in the first round since Mark McCormick was a supplemental-round selection of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005.
The 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft resumes Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Allcorn, Mikkelsen Invited to Play in 2009 British Amateur
Baylor men's golfers Joakim Mikkelsen and Bill Allcorn have been invited to play in the 2009 British Amateur Championship at Formby and West Lancashire Golf Clubs in Southport, England. The Amateur Championship will be held June 15-20.
Carlson Among 10-Member Cape Cod Hall of Fame 2009 Class
Former Baylor Bears reliever Zane Carlson (2000-01-03-04) is part of the 10-member Cape Cod League Hall of Fame Class of 2009, as announced Sunday during the league's annual First Pitch Brunch. Carlson finished his three-season career with Chatham as the league's all-time saves leader (34). He won the Russ Ford Award as the league's top reliever in 2002 with 12 saves.
Sophia Young Posts Double-Double in Silver Stars' WNBA Season Opener Saturday
Two-time Baylor All-American Sophia Young scored 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, but defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Silver Stars opened the WNBA regular season with a 90-79 loss at Phoenix Saturday night. You can watch So All-Access: Season 2 on the Silver Stars web site.
Rhodes Finishes Ninth at Greater San Antonio Championship
Baylor women's golf junior Jordan Rhodes finished ninth at the Greater San Antonio Women's Championship Sunday at Brackenridge Park Golf Course. The 2008 winner, Rhodes shot a 16-over 229.
CJ, K-Rog Working Out with OKC Thunder
Former Baylor Bears Curtis Jerrells and Kevin Rogers are among six NBA prospects who are participating in the Oklahoma City Thunder's NBA draft workout Friday. The Thunder have the 3rd and 25th overall picks in the June 25th draft.
Men's Golfer Joakim Mikkelsen Spotlighted
Baylor freshman men's golfer Joakim Mikkelsen was spotlighted in a recent article by his local newspaper. One problem: it's in Norwegian. Here's a rough Norwegian-to-English translation, courtesy of Google Translator.
JoePaw, Epperson on TSN/Walter Camp All-America 2nd Team
The preseason accolades keep pouring in for the Baylor football team as senior inside linebacker Joe Pawelek and junior punter Derek Epperson have been named to the TSN/Walter Camp All-America second team. Also of note: RG3 is featured on the cover of Sporting News' College Football Preview, while safety Jordan Lake was named the Big 12's "Hardest Hitter."
Baylor Media Relations' Julie Bennett to Receive 25-Year Recognition at CoSIDA Workshop
Baylor Athletic Media Relations Associate Director Julie Bennett is one 13 veteran CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) members that will receive 25-Year Awards at the organization's annual workshop to be held June 21-25 in San Antonio. She will be presented with her award at the awards luncheon on Tuesday, June 23.
Julie is the primary contact for women's basketball, men's tennis and equestrian. Congratulations Julie!
CJ's Stock Fluctuating, According to NBA Mock-tologists
During the course of the 2008-09 season, FCP charted the various bracketologists' postseason predictions. What we've discovered in the off-season is that NBA Mock Draft analysts appear to be growing exponentially. There are 40-some-odd NBA Mock Draft sites, four of which have Curtis Jerrells among the 60 projected draft picks...
NBADRAFT.NET: 40 overall, 2nd round (Charlotte Bobcats)
BU's Rhodes Highlights San Antonio Field
Just a year after Baylor's Jordan Rhodes used a final round 73 in the Greater San Antonio Women's Championship to earn the tournament crown, the junior from San Antonio will return to Brackenridge Park Golf Course to defend her title.
Rhodes will have to defeat 64 other women's golfers including last year's runner-up, Allie Jordan of UTSA. Play begins Friday morning.
So, You're Saying RG3 is in the Top 35?
11:36 A.M., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009
We forgot to post this yesterday, but it's still buzz-worthy...Sporting News' Matt Hayes published his Top 25 college football players Tuesday afternoon. Seven of the top 25 hail from the Big 12...Among Hayes' list of "10 players that almost made the cut" - Baylor's Robert Griffin III.
Lindy's Take on Baylor in 2009? Looking Good.
Baylor football continues to receive great publicity in several preseason football magazines that are beginning to hit newsstands nationwide. Among those boasting positive predictions for the Bears is Lindy's College Football Preview 2009. Of course, everyone talks about RG3, Joe Paw and Jordan Lake. But, don't forget about Derek Epperson, who is a Lindy's First Team All-American.
All four Bears also ranked in Lindy's Player Rankings: RG3 is No. 13 among the Top 25 quarterbacks; Pawelek is No. 4 among the Top 12 insider linebackers; Lake is No. 6 among the Top 12 safeties; and Epperson is numero uno among the nation's best punters. Baylor's linebacking corps also ranked No. 7 nationally, according to Lindy's defensive unit rankings.
Lindy's also named its All-Decade Team: first team punter? That would be Daniel Sepulveda.
Pawelek, Lake and Epperson were named to Lindy's 2009 All-Big 12 First Team - Baylor's only three selections. RG3 was labeled as the league's "Best Scrambler" and "Toughest to bring down."
Here's Lindy's Baylor Overview: "Briles, in his second season, believes the Bears can reach a bowl for the first time since 1994. Though they finished just 4-8 last season, they lost three games by a touchdown or less...The Bears need the offensive line to develop quickly while the defense must prove it can slow some of the Big 12's powerful offenses. If the Bears can beat Wake Forest on the road in the season opener, they could ride that momentum into Big 12 play. Perhaps a winning season could hinge on the season finale against Texas Tech at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium."
Bedell, Dillon Honored with Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships
Baylor's Lyndsy Bedell (cross country/track) and Zack Dillon (baseball) are two of the 24 Big 12 student-athletes selected to receive 2008-09 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Dillon, who lettered four seasons with the baseball team (2003-04-05-06), earned his bachelor's degree in general studies and is currently working on his master's degree in sport management. He possesses a 3.91 GPA. Bedell graduated last month with a degree in health science studies, completing her undergraduate coursework with a 3.95 GPA.
Baylor to be 'Buzzing by September'
In today's topic in the CollegeFootballNews.com Daily Roundtable Discussion, Baylor was mentioned as a 'program getting no attention today, but will be the end of September.' Here's Matthew Zemek's take on the Bears:
"Dynamic young quarterback Robert Griffin nearly upended Texas Tech last November in Lubbock, in the kid of game that signals a cultural shift inside a locker room, and a psychic transformation within a program. Art Briles has the Bears headed in the right direction, and as long as BU can split non-confernece games against Wake Forest and Connecticut, September will be a winning month, and you'll hear talk of a .500 season in Waco."
Phil Steele Offers His 2009 Bowl Projections
If you haven't picked up the Phil Steele's 2009 College Football Preview, we suggest you grab a copy (should hit newsstands across the Big 12 area by June 9). Not only is RG3 on one of the regional covers (state of Texas only), the words "Bowl", "Baylor", "Texas", "The" are being uttered in Steele's preseason postseason projections...Steele predicts nine of the Big 12 teams will make a bowl game, including the Baylor Bears, which he forecasts to play Navy in the Texas Bowl.
Steele also named his All-Big 12 first team, which included Baylor's Joe Pawelek, Jordan Lake and Derek Epperson.
Wow, He's Fast...
Can you name the fastest players in college football? Hint: There are 10 names listed. Double-Hint: Baylor's Robert Griffin III is among those listed. In fact, RG3 is the ONLY Big 12 Conference representative on the list. Now, that's impressive.
More Publications Pub
Three publications designed by the Baylor Athletic Media Relations Department received national honors by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) last week for excellence in publications. In the single-sport program category, Baylor's baseball game program received a citation for Best Cover (Larry Little, Matt Iazzetti, Baylor Athletics).
Baylor's 2009 Softball Media Guide was voted Second in the Nation (Kyle Cornish, Baylor Media
These awards will be distributed at the 2009 CoSIDA Convention in San Antonio at the end of June.
RG3 on a Bookshelf Near You
Guess who's gracing a regional cover of Phil Steele's 2009 College Football Preview. Guessing...Guessing, again...Give up? It's none other than Baylor's own RG3, Robert Griffin III. Baylor's signal-caller caused quite a stir during his impressive rookie campaign in 2008.
Joining RG3 on the regional cover is Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and TCU defensive End Jerry Hughes.
Better hurry - I don't think those copies will be sitting on the bookshelves in the Waco/Central Texas area for very long...