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Six Bears Sign NFL Contracts
7:45 P.M., TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011

Six former Baylor football players took advantage of the end of the NFL lockout by signing professional contracts Thursday -- the first day NFL teams were able to sign undrafted free agents.

All-Big 12 safety Byron Landor inked with the New York Jets, tight end Brad Taylor signed with the San Diego Chargers, defensive back Antareis Bryan became a Chicago Bear, linebacker Chris Francis agreed to terms with the Oakland Raiders, defensive back Tim Atchison signed with the St. Louis Rams, according to a tweet from the Killeen Daily Herald and punter Derek Epperson confirmed that he accepted an offer from the Arizona Cardinals.

The Chargers, Cardinals and Raiders are among 10 teams that report to camp on Wednesday, St. Louis is one of 10 teams to report Thursday, Chicago is among Friday's 10 teams and the Jets are one of the last two teams to report when they go into camp on Sunday.

Chicago's camp (Bryan) is in Bourbonnais, Ill., the Chargers' camp (Taylor) is in San Diego, Calif., Jets' camp (Landor) is in Cortland N.Y., Cardinals' camp (Epperson) is in Flagstaff, Ariz., Rams' camp (Atchison) is in Earth City, Mo. and Raiders' camp (Francis) is in Napa Valley, Calif.

Baylor draftees Danny Watkins, Phil Taylor, Mikail Baker and Jay Finley are now eligible to sign with the teams that selected them in April's draft. Watkins will report to Philadelphia Eagles camp in Bethlehem, Pa., Taylor will report to Cleveland Browns camp in Berea, Ohio, Baker will join Atchison at St. Louis Rams camp in Earth City, Mo. and Finley will head to Cincinnati Bengals camp in Georgetown, Ky.

There are also a few former Bears who are now unrestricted free agents and are eligible to sign with any NFL team. The list of free agents released by the NFL includes: kicker Matt Bryant (last with Atlanta Falcons), defensive back C.J. Wilson (last with Carolina Panthers), punter Daniel Sepulveda (last with Pittsburgh Steelers), defensive back Josh Bell (last with Green Bay Packers) and linebacker Colin Allred (last with Tennessee Titans).

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).


Post-Media Day Headlines
11:19 A.M., TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011

More than 24 hours after Baylor first took the stage at Big 12 Football Media Days Monday, the national media response has been overwhelmingly positive for the Baylor Bears in 2011. Several media outlets were giving Baylor props for its RG3 hype, including The Bryan/College State Eagle. According to the paper, Baylor was the only school to hype one of its players at Big 12 Media Days.

All the Baylor media attention wasn't centered on RG3. East Texan Kendall Wright, who should conclude his college career as the school's all-time leader in receiving yards and receptions, was interviewed by KLTV out of Tyler/Longview.

A year after Baylor made its first bowl game in 16 years, Baylor and Coach Art Briles are looking for more in 2011. Waco Tribune-Herald beat writer John Werner spoke with Coach Briles about just how difficult - weather-wise - it was for Baylor to become eligible. The Dallas Morning News and Topeka Capital-Journal both talked about the addition of Phil Bennett as Baylor's new defensive coordinator.

Yahoo! Sports writer Jason King, a proud Baylor graduate, said RG3 "explodes past defenders like the Millennium Falcon at warp speed." See what also Jason had to say about Griffin III and the Bears.

BEST OF DAY 1 AT BIG 12 MEDIA DAYS
ESPN.com Big 12 blogger David Ubben presented Coach Art Briles with the "best one-liner" and the "third-best one-liner" of Day 1 at Big 12 Football Media Days Monday in Dallas. Ubben later had a good video interview with Baylor QB Robert Griffin III.

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).


A Very Social Start to Big 12 Media Days
9:53 P.M., MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011


Coach Art Briles addresses the media during his annual press conference at Big 12 Media Days.


Media Day Central | Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery | Twitter Photo Gallery

Head coaches and players for Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Missouri descended upon Dallas on Monday for the first day of the 2011 Big 12 Football Media Days at the Westin Galleria Hotel. Coach Art Briles, along with junior QB Robert Griffin III, senior LB Elliot Coffey and senior IR Kendall Wright participated in the annual media gathering, answering questions from media outlets all across the country. RG3 fielded interviews from ESPN's Joe Schad and Andre Ware, to name a few. Monday was also a chance for local media to interview not only the Baylor respresentatives, but other Big 12 players and coaches as well. Twitter was abuzz with quotes and tidbits on Baylor throughout the day; check out our midday Big 12 Media Days blog update for more.

During the day, twelve lucky fans had their Twitter/Facebook questions answered by Coach Briles and the players during Baylor's Social Media Fan Q&A. The three videos with the most "Likes" on the Baylor Athletics Facebook Page will receive a pair of season tickets for Baylor's seven home football games in 2011. The contest will end at Noon CT on Tuesday. Here's the rundown of the 12 questions and the corresponding video responses:

Video #1: Elliot Coffey answers first question from @baylormom75
Video #2: Kendall Wright answers the next question from @Jim_Burleson
Video #3: @Matt_Wilson713's question was answered by Robert Griffin III
Video #4: Coach Briles answered a question submitted by Mark Moore on Facebook
Video #5: Coffey, along with Bruiser, recorded an answer for Susan Bearden Hancock
Video #6: RG3 answered @eandb0802's question
Video #7: Coffey returned to answer question from @_simplydg
Video #8: Here's Kendall's response for @BaylorFight
Video #9: @emilybu04 had her question answered by Coach Briles
Video #10: Coffey tells @c_hemmi who's more intense - Coach Bennett or Coach Kaz
Video #11: Anthony Gamino asked a nutrition question and Coffey had an answer
Video #12: RG3 closes Media Days with the final question for Social Media Fan Q&A

Special thanks to Coach Briles, RG3, Elliot and Kendall for taking a few seconds out of their busy schedules today to respond to fan questions. We'd also like to thank all the fans who submitted questions. Wed had so many good responses and it was tough at times to pick the question(s) to be answered. Keep your eye on behind-the-scenes video and the "RG3 Cam" that will be posted on BaylorBears.com later.

All the photos tweeted throughout the day from the Baylor Football (@BUFootball) Twitter account have been added to a Twitter Photo Gallery. A second photo gallery featuring behind-the-scenes photos of Coach Briles and the players participating in media day is also available. More photos will be added later, too.

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).


Lunchtime Update from Big 12 Media Days
1:55 P.M., MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011


RG3, Elliot Coffey, Coach Art Briles and Kendall Wright pose for a photo op Monday at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas (photo via @BUFootball).

Since the Baylor contingent arrived this morning in Dallas for Big 12 Media Days, it has been non-stop. From print to radio to TV, media from all across the country have traveled to Dallas to interview Big 12 players and coaches. This year, the star of the show appears to Baylor junior QB Robert Griffin III, who is coming off a record-setting redshirt sophomore season. And with his Heisman Trophy campaign in place, RG3 has been surrounded by media all day. Robert even has his own "RG3 Cam," which will be posted later on BaylorBears.com. RG3 was also one of the players featured during Monday's live broadcast of "The Big 12 Report" with Big12Sports.com Correspondent Wendell Barnhouse. Seniors LB Elliot Coffey and IR Kendall Wright have also taken the media showcase, talking defense and Baylor's talented offensive corps.

Baylor's three football players - along with Baylor Athletic Communications staff members - left Waco around 7:30 a.m. Monday and arrived at the Westin in Dallas around 9:15 a.m., which gave the guys plenty of time to respond to some of Baylor Nation's questions submitted via our Social Media Fan Q&A.

Upon arriving in Dallas, Coach Art Briles went immediately to work, fielding questions from national media about the Bears' 2010 season, RG3 and what to expect in 2011. Several media members also took note of Baylor via Twitter.

Play-by-play announcer Steve Physioc tweeted: "Baylor coach Art Briles says the game has slowed down for Robert Griffin (III). Expects big year."

Brian Hanni from Kansas tweeted about RG3, who said "...the Bears sat down at the dinner table last year w/ 7 wins, but he wants to 'eat dessert' this year."

Matt Hayes of Sporting News commented on Griffin III's appearance: "In Dallas at Big 12 Media Days, and Robert Griffin III is no doubt in best shape of his career. Scary though for B12 defenses."

During the morning interview sessions, CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd took a special interest in Baylor's "July 4th Ticket Promotion" that saw the Bears sell more than 2,500 season tickets from July 5-10. He was also very impressed by BaylorBears.com's Social Media Fan Q&A on Facebook and Twitter.

A photo gallery of Twitter photos (and others) will be available later today on BaylorBears.com along with a complete Big 12 Media Day recap.

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).


Big 12 Report Live from Media Days
10:02 A.M., FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011

The Big 12 Report, the Conference's only show that focuses on the league's schools and student-athletes, will broadcast live on location at the 2011 Big 12 Football Media Days next week. The broadcasts will originate live from the Westin Galleria Hotel in Dallas, site of the event on July 25-26.

Hosted by Correspondent Wendell Barnhouse and streamed live at Big12Sports.com, the special media days coverage will give fans a first-hand look into the upcoming season, including coaches' press conferences, team previews and analysis. Barnhouse will conduct interviews with selected student-athletes as well as various special guests. Broadcasts will begin Monday and 10 a.m. CT and Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. CT.

The team lineups for each day (in press conference order) are as follows:

Monday, July 25: Texas A&M, BAYLOR, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Texas
Tuesday, July 26: Texas Tech, Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma

FOX Sports Networks, in conjunction with Big12Sports.com, will provide live coverage of the early sessions from the 2011 Big 12 Football Media Days. A 30-minute recap show also will be televised each night. The programs will be carried on FSN regional affiliates in Big 12 markets - FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Oklahoma, FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Houston. BIG 12 LIVE FROM MEDIA DAY will be televised Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to Noon CT. Check your local listings for BIG 12 FOOTBALL MEDIA DAY RECAP air times. FOX Sports Southwest's Ric Renner will host the live coverage with Barnhouse.

BaylorBears.com will also provide coverage Monday from Big 12 Football Media Days in Dallas. Stay tuned for more information this weekend.

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).


Kazadi Finalist for 2011 Strength Performance Award
11:16 A.M., MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

Baylor Assistant AD for Athletic Performance Kaz Kazadi is one of five finalists for the 2011 Strength Performance College Coach's Choice Award. This award recognizes a college or university strength and conditioning coach for his or her achievement as a strength and conditioning professional and dedication to his or her current institution's athletic program and student-athletes during the 2010-2011 academic year.

For the past month, Strength Performance Network has been receiving written nominations from strength and conditioning professionals, highlighting individuals such as Coach Kazadi who made a dramatic impact on their program during the past academic year and have strived for excellence throughout their career. Coach Kazadi's nomination stood out among many and, as a result, he is now among five finalists eligible to win the 2011 Strength Performance College Coach's Choice Award.

This year's winner, scheduled to be announced on Sept. 2, will be determined 100% by an online vote. Online voting takes place now through August 31st.

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).


Lake Saves Best For Last, U.S. Routs Canada for Gold
9:39 A.M., MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011

Jordan Lake saved his best performance in the Senior World Championship for last as Team USA defended its world title with a 50-7 rout of Canada. Lake recorded four total tackles and two interceptions to aid Team USA in the victory. It was Lake's first two INTs of the IFAF Senior World Championship.

Team USA defended its 2007 title by outscoring four opponents by a 176-21 margin. Congratulations to Jordan and the rest of his USA teammates on brining home the gold!

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).


U.S.-Canada Gold Medal Game to be Streamed
4:06 P.M., THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2011

Former Baylor standout Jordan Lake and Team USA's gold medal game against Canada in the 2011 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Senior World Championship will be available online to fans across the globe. The IFAF's official website - www.ifaf.org - will stream the gold medal game Saturday, July 16, at 4 p.m. CT, which is a four-hour delay.

Saturday's gold medal game will begin at Noon CT in Vienna, Austria. Live scoring updates and details of key plays will be available on IFAF's official Facebook page and Twitter account (@IFAFInsider). Game highlights will also be posted after the game on the IFAF YouTube channel.

The U.S. Men's National Team, which finished 3-0 in group play, is defending its 2007 title. Team USA defeated Japan in 2007, its first year in the competition, in double overtime.

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).


Still Time to Register for Briles Bear Blitz Events
4:19 P.M., WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011

It's not too late to register for one of the two upcoming Art Briles "Bear Blitz" Coaches Caravan Luncheons. Next Wednesday, Coach Briles will be in Houston at the J.W. Marriott in the Galleria. The Houston-area luncheon will be sponsored by the Touchdown Club of Houston. Tickets are $40 each; tickets for Touchdown Club members are $30. Tables (10 seats each) are also available: $400 (regular table); $500 (bronze table sponsorship); $1,000 (silver table sponsorship); $1,500 (gold table sponsorship); and $5,000 (platinum table sponsorship). You can register by calling Neal Farmer, Touchdown Club Executive Director, at (713) 849-9860 or email him at houtdclub@att.net.

2011 ART BRILES BEAR BLITZ COACHES CARAVAN - HOUSTON
Date:
Wednesday, July 20
Time: Noon
Location: J.W. Marriott (Houston)
Cost: Tickets are $40; $30 each for Touchdown Club members
Tables (10 seats): $400 (regular table); $500 (bronze table sponsorship); $1,000 (silver table sponsorship); $1,500 (gold table sponsorship); $5,000 (platinum table sponsorship)
Register: Contact Neal Farmer (713-849-9860 or houtdclub@att.net)

The following week, Coach Briles will be in Fort Worth for his "Bear Blitz" Caravan Luncheon at Colonial Country Club. Individual tickets are $35 each (with tax) or $30 (with tax) for Baylor Bear Foundation, Linebacker Club, "B" Association members and recent Baylor graduates (2006-2011). Two premium tables of 10 seats are available for $600 each, while four select tables of 10 seats are available for $450 each. To register for the Fort Worth luncheon, sign-up online or call (866) 281-9444 by July 22.

2011 ART BRILES BEAR BLITZ COACHES CARAVAN - FORT WORTH
Date:
Tuesday, July 26
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Location: Colonial Country Club (3735 Country Club Circle), Fort Worth
Cost: Individual tickets are $35; $30 each for Baylor Bear Foundation/Linebacker Club /"B" Association members and recent Baylor graduates (2006-2011); two premium tables of 10 seats available for $600 each; four select tables of 10 seats available for $450 each
Register: Online or by calling (866) 281-9444 by July 22

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).


Lake, Team USA Advance to Gold Medal Game
5:01 P.M., TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011

Team USA has advanced to the gold medal game of the 2011 IFAF Senior World Championship, defeating Mexico 17-7 in Innsbruck, Austra. The U.S. men finished Group A play with a 3-0 record and will take on the winner of Japan and Canada in the title match. Saturday's gold medal game will start at 4 p.m. CT and can be viewed online at www.ifaf.org.

Former Baylor Bear Jordan Lake finished with one solo tackle and two pass break-ups. In three games, Lake has tallied five total tackles and three PBUs.

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).


Lake, Team USA Going Strong at World Championships
3:51 P.M., MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011

Former Baylor standout safety Jordan Lake has led Team USA to a 2-0 start in the 4th IFAF World Championship of American Football in Austria. In two games, Lake has recorded four total tackles, one tackle-for-loss, one pass breakup and a forced fumble that resulted in a U.S. touchdown.

In Team USA's 61-0 rout of Austria in the IFAF opener, Lake tallied 1.5 tackles. Lake followed with 2.5 tackles, one TFL and forced fumble to lead the USA to a 48-7 win over Team Germany. Lake's forced fumble resulted in a 10-yard fumble recovery for a TD, which gave the Americans a resulting 41-point victory.

USA and Mexico - both 2-0 in Group A play - will meet Tuesday in the final group play match with the winner advancing to the Gold medal game on Saturday, July 16.

For football updates, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Football (@BUFootball).

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