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Latest Bowl Projections: An All-Bears Holiday?
10:04 A.M., WED., NOV. 30, 2011

Only one more week remains in the college football regular season and the 8-3 Baylor Bears will be bowling for the second consecutive season. Now, it's just a matter of when and where. There's still no consensus about where Baylor will be playing, but for now, majority rules: experts think Baylor will be headed to San Diego (Holiday), San Antonio (Alamo) or Tempe (Insight). Here's a look at the latest bowl projections:

RIVALS.COM / YAHOO! SPORTS
Alamo Bowl (Dec. 29) vs. Washington

STEWART MANDEL / SI.COM
Mandel continues to think Baylor is headed to the Insight Bowl. Last week, he projected a Baylor/Michigan matchup in Tempe...
Insight Bowl (Dec. 30) vs. Iowa

ERICK SMITH / USATODAY.COM
Insight Bowl (Dec. 30) vs. Penn State

CBSSPORTS.COM
CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm thinks the Holiday Bowl will be the Battle of the Bears: Baylor vs. Cal....
Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28) vs. Cal

ESPN.COM
Mark Schlabach: Insight Bowl (Dec. 30) vs. Penn State
Brad Edwards: Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28) vs. Cal

CFN.COM / SCOUT.COM
Insight Bowl (Dec. 30) vs. Ohio State

AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN / KEVIN LYTTLE
Alamo Bowl (Dec. 29) vs. Washington

DALLAS MORNING NEWS / CHUCK CARLTON
Alamo Bowl (Dec. 29) vs. Washington

NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST / DAVE MILLER
For the second straight week, Dave Miller projects Baylor in the Holiday Bowl...
Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28) vs. Cal

ORLANDO SENTINEL
Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28) vs. Cal

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


Bears in the NFL: Week 12
10:48 A.M., TUE., NOV. 29, 2011

Through 12 weeks of the NFL season, five Baylor football alums are on the 2012 Pro Bowl ballot - PK Matt Bryant (Atlanta), RT Jason Smith (St. Louis Rams), DT Phil Taylor (Cleveland Browns), C J.D. Walton (Denver) and OG Danny Watkins (Philadelphia Eagles).

Bryant is 19-of-20 on FG tries and a perfect 28-of-28 on PAT this season. Taylor and Walton have started all 11 games for their respective teams this seaosn, while Watkins has made seven straight starts for the Eagles. RT Jason Smith remains sidelined following a week-six injury at Dallas.

Player, Position
Week 12
Season Update
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Matt Bryant, PK
 Atlanta Falcons
(7-4)
 NFL Experience: 9th season
 Lettered at Baylor: 1997-98
PLAYED
1/1 FG (Lg 37)
3/3 PAT
W, 24-14 vs. MIN
11 GP
19/20 FG (LG 50)
28/28 PAT
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Jason Smith, RT
 St. Louis Rams
(3-8)
 NFL Experience: 3rd season
 Lettered at Baylor: 2005-08
DID NOT PLAY
Injured
L, 7-24 vs. SEA
6 GP, 6 GS
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Justin Snow, LS
 Indianapolis Colts
(0-11)
 NFL Experience: 12th season
 Lettered at Baylor: 1996-99
PLAYED
No Stats
L, 19-27 vs. CAR
11 GP, 0 GS
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Phil Taylor, DT
 Cleveland Browns
(4-7)
 NFL Experience: Rookie
 Lettered at Baylor: 2009-10
STARTED
2 TT
L, 20-23 at CIN
11 GP, 11 GS
42 TT (29 UA)
4.0 sack, 1 FF
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  J.D. Walton, C
 Denver Broncos
(6-5)
 NFL Experience: 2nd season
 Lettered at Baylor: 2007-09
STARTED
No Stats
W, 16-13 at SD
11 GP, 11 GS
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Danny Watkins, OG
 Philadelphia Eagles
(4-7)
 NFL Experience: Rookie
 Lettered at Baylor: 2009-10
STARTED
No Stats
L, 20-38 vs. NE
7 GP, 7 GS
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Jonathan Weeks, LS
 Houston Texans
(8-3)
 NFL Experience: 2nd season
 Lettered at Baylor: 2004-07
PLAYED
No Stats
W, 20-13 at JAC
11 GP, 0 GS

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


Updating the Channel Guide: Saturday TV Listings
10:30 A.M., TUE., NOV. 22, 2011

Baylor and Texas Tech will meet on the gridiron for the 70th time Saturday and just the third time as part of the Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The third installment of the neutral-site agreement will be held at Cowboys Stadium, where the teams met in 2009 - a 20-13 Texas Tech win. Each of the last three meetings by been decided by seven points - 35-28 (2008), 20-13 (2009) and 45-38 (2010.

Saturday's game will air live nationally on FSN and regionally on FOX Sports Southwest with a 6:10 p.m. CDT kickoff. Bill Land (play-by-play), Dave Lapham (analyst) and Emily Jones (sideline reporter) will serve as the talent for the FSN telecast.

The national and Waco-area listings are listed below. For cable listings outside Central Texas, contact your local cable or satellite provider.

FSN LISTINGS
National satellite:
DirecTV (649, 650, 653, 660, 661, 669, 671, 672, 673, 676, 677, 678, 679, 692),
Dish Network (416, 417, 422, 425, 427, 435, 437, 5416, 5417, 5422, 5425, 5427, 5435, 5437)
Cable (in Central Texas): Grande (27, 134), Time Warner Cable (26)
HD Cable (in Central Texas): Grande (827), Time Warner Cable (1016)
For cable listings outside Central Texas, contact your local provider.

Below is a complete list of clearances (Live, Delay and Repeat) for Saturday's game:

Network
Date Time (TZ)
L, R, D
FOX SPORTS FLORIDA (Non-Panthers)
Sat., Nov. 26
7 p.m. (ET) LIVE
FOX SPORTS HOUSTON Sat., Nov. 26 6 p.m. (CT) LIVE
FOX SPORTS MIDWEST Sat., Nov. 26 6 p.m. (CT) LIVE
FOX SPORTS OHIO Sat., Nov. 26 7 p.m. (ET) LIVE
FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST
Sat., Nov. 26 6 p.m. (CT) LIVE
FOX SPORTS WEST Sat., Nov. 26 4 p.m. (PT) LIVE
FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN Sat., Nov. 26 6 p.m. (CT) LIVE
SPORTSOUTH Sat., Nov. 26 7 p.m. (ET) LIVE
SUN SPORTS (Non-Lightning) Sat., Nov. 26 7 p.m. (ET) LIVE
COMCAST BAY AREA (Plus)
Sat., Nov. 26 4 p.m. (PT) LIVE
COMCAST CHICAGO
SD: Ch. 101, HD: Ch. 285
Sat., Nov. 26 6 p.m. (CT) LIVE
COMCAST NEW ENGLAND Sat., Nov. 26 7 p.m. (ET) LIVE
COMCAST PHILADELPHIA Sat., Nov. 26 7 p.m. (ET) LIVE
ROOT SPORTS (Rocky Mtn Region) Sat., Nov. 26 5  p.m. (MT) LIVE
FOX SPORTS ARIZONA Sat., Nov. 26 11:30 p.m. (MT) Delay
FOX SPORTS DETROIT Sun., Nov. 27 1:30 a.m. (ET) Delay
FOX SPORTS FLORIDA Thu., Dec. 1 7 p.m. (ET) Repeat
FOX SPORTS HOUSTON Mon., Nov. 28 12 a.m. (CT) Repeat
FOX SPORTS HOUSTON Thu., Dec. 1 1 a.m. (CT) Repeat
FOX SPORTS NORTH Sun., Nov. 27 12:30 a.m. (CT) Delay
FOX SPORTS OHIO (Non-Blue Jackets) Thu., Dec. 1 7 p.m. (ET) Repeat
FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST Mon., Nov. 28 12 a.m. (CT) Repeat
FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST Thu., Dec. 1 12 a.m. (CT) Repeat
SPORTSOUTH Wed., Nov. 30 1 a.m. (ET) Repeat
SPORTSOUTH Wed., Nov. 30 11 a.m. (ET) Repeat
SUN SPORTS (S. Florida) Thu., Dec. 1 7 p.m. (ET) Repeat
ROOT SPORTS (Nortwest Region) Sat., Nov. 26 10:30 p.m. (PT) Delay
ROOT SPORTS (Rocky Mtn Region) Wed., Nov. 30 10 p.m. (MT) Repeat
COMCAST MID-ATLANTIC Sun., Nov. 27 2 a.m. (ET) Delay

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


Vote Taylor, Smith, Walton to 2012 Pro Bowl
9:14 A.M., TUE., NOV. 22, 2011

Cleveland Browns rookie DT Phil Taylor, Denver Broncos C J.D. Walton and St. Louis Rams RT Jason Smith are on the official 2012 Pro Bowl ballot at NFL.com. Baylor has had 47 former players selected to the Pro Bowl, but hasn't had a Pro Bowl representative since 1993 (S Thomas Everett, Dallas Cowboys). In fact, the last eight Baylor alums to play in the Pro Bowl have been on the defensive side of the ball; Baylor's last PB offensive selection was Denver Broncos G Keith Bishop (1986-87).

  • "Cousin Phil" is having an All-Pro rookie season, racking up 40 tackles and 4.0 sacks. Vote for Phil
  • Walton has started in every game on his two-year NFL career, making 26 starts at center for the Broncos. Vote for J.D.
  • "Smooth" has started 26 of 29 career games at RT for the Rams, but has been sidelined with a neck injury since week 7. Vote for Jason

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


Montgomery Finalist for 2011 OC of the Year
12:33 P.M., MON., NOV. 21, 2011

Baylor co-offensive coordinator and play-caller Philip Montgomery is one of four finalists for the 2011 Offensive Coordinator of the Year, FootballScoop announced Monday. The finalists (Montgomery, Houston's Kliff Kingsburg, Oklahoma State's Todd Monken and Clemson's Chad Morris) were selected based on nominations from coaches, athletic directors and athletic department personnel. A panel of coaches, including previous winners, will determine the 2011 winner.

Montgomery has teamed with head coach Art Briles as the architects for Baylor's high-powered offense. Baylor's offense has shown exceptional balance as the Bears are 2nd nationally in total offense, 2nd in first downs, 5th in passing offense, 11th in scoring offense and 25th in rushing offense. Baylor leads the nation with 9 passing plays of 60+ yards. Led by Heisman Trophy candidate Robert Griffin III, Baylor also leads the nation in passing efficiency, while averaging more than 40.0 points in 10 games.

Congratulations to Coach Montgomery on being a finalist for the FootballScoop 2011 Offensive Coordinator of the Year. Fans can vote for Montgomery here. Voting will end on Thu., Dec. 1.

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


ABC Coverage Map for Oklahoma Game
2:08 P.M., THU., NOV. 17, 2011

No. 22 Baylor puts its perfect home record on the line Saturday when the Bears hosts No. 5 Oklahoma at Floyd Casey Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CST on ABC. The majority of the country's middle region (Big 12 footprint, I-35 corridor, plus Miss., Ala., and N.M.) will see the Baylor/Oklahoma game on ABC, while the remainder of the country will see USC/Oregon.

Saturday will be the third of four ABC telecasts this season for Baylor; the Bears, who are bowl-eligible for the second consecutive season, will play 10 televised games during the 2011 regular season.

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


A Mixed Bag of Bowl Projections
10:28 A.M., THU., NOV. 17, 2011

It's no longer a matter of if but where. Last week's historic 31-30 OT road win at Kansas helped Baylor reach the magical six-win mark, clinching bowl-eligibility status for the second consecutive season. At 6-3, the 22nd-ranked Baylor Bears are looking at back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time since 1991-92 (lost the 1991 Copper Bowl, won the 1992 John Hancock Bowl).

With six wins in hand, where do the prognosticators project Baylor's bowl destination? For now, it's a mixed bag with national writers projecting a variety of bowl destinations, including the Insight, Holiday, Meineke Car Care of Texas, Alamo and Pinstripe bowls.

RIVALS.COM / YAHOO! SPORTS
Insight Bowl (Dec. 30) vs. Michigan State

STEWART MANDEL / SI.COM
Insight Bowl (Dec. 30) vs. Michigan State

ERICK SMITH / USATODAY.COM
Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28) vs. UCLA

CBSSPORTS.COM
Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl (Dec. 31) vs. Purdue

ESPN.COM
Mark Schlabach: Valero Alamo Bowl (Dec. 29) vs. Washington
Brad Edwards: Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl (Dec. 31) vs. Penn State

CFN.COM / SCOUT.COM
New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 30) vs. Rutgers

NATIONAL FOOTBALL POST / DAVE MILLER
Holiday Bowl (Dec. 28) vs. Arizona State

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


Bears in the NFL: Week 10
11:07 A.M., WED., NOV. 16, 2011

Second-year C J.D. Walton made his 25th consecutive start Sunday in Denver's 17-10 win over Kansas City, while rookie OG Danny Watkins has made five consecutive starts on Philadelphia's offensive line. Cleveland Browns rookie DT Phil Taylor tallied five tackles and one sack in his ninth start of the season.

PK Matt Bryant missed his first FG attempt of the season during Atlanta's 26-23 OT loss to New Orleans. Bryant has connected on 94 percent of his FG opportunities (15-16), while remaining a perfect 23-of-23 on point-after attempts.

P Daniel Sepulveda was placed on injured reserve Nov. 5 - his third career trip to IR. Sepulveda's 2011 season is now over after suffering an injury to his right, plant leg. Sepulveda ranked ninth in the AFC with a 46.1-yard average and eighth with a net average of 39.1 yards before his injury.

RT Jason Smith remains sidelined following a week-six injury at Dallas.

Player, Position
Week 10
Season Update
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Matt Bryant, PK
 Atlanta Falcons
(5-4)
 NFL Experience: 9th season
 Lettered at Baylor: 1997-98
PLAYED
3/4 FG (LG 36)
2/2 PAT
L, 26-23 vs. NO
9 GP
15/16 FG (LG 50)
23/23 PAT
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Jason Smith, RT
 St. Louis Rams
(2-7)
 NFL Experience: 3rd season
 Lettered at Baylor: 2005-08
DID NOT PLAY
Injured
W, 13-12 at CLE
6 GP, 6 GS
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Justin Snow, LS
 Indianapolis Colts
(0-10)
 NFL Experience: 12th season
 Lettered at Baylor: 1996-99
PLAYED
No Stats
L, 3-17 vs. JAC
10 GP, 0 GS
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Phil Taylor, DT
 Cleveland Browns
(3-6)
 NFL Experience: Rookie
 Lettered at Baylor: 2009-10
STARTED
5 TT, 1.0 sack
L, 12-13 vs. STL
9 GP, 9 GS
31 TT (10 UA)
4.0 sack, 1 FF
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  J.D. Walton, C
 Denver Broncos
(4-5)
 NFL Experience: 2nd season
 Lettered at Baylor: 2007-09
STARTED
No Stats
W, 17-10 at KC
9 GP, 9 GS
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Danny Watkins, OG
 Philadelphia Eagles
(3-6)
 NFL Experience: Rookie
 Lettered at Baylor: 2009-10
STARTED
No Stats
L, 17-21 vs. ARI
5 GP, 5 GS
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Jonathan Weeks, LS
 Houston Texans
(7-3)
 NFL Experience: 2nd season
 Lettered at Baylor: 2004-07
PLAYED
No Stats
W, 37-9 at TB
10 GP, 0 GS

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


Updating the Channel Guide: Saturday TV Listings
10:44 A.M., THU., NOV. 3, 2011

Baylor will face Missouri for its 80th Homecoming game this weekend. Saturday's game will air live on FSN and FOX Sports Southwest with a 6:10 p.m. CDT kickoff. Joel Meyers (play-by-play), Brian Baldinger (analyst) and Jim Knox (sideline reporter) will serve as the talent for the FSN telecast.

The national and Waco-area listings are listed below. For cable listings outside Central Texas, contact your local cable or satellite provider.

FSN LISTINGS
National satellite:
DirecTV (649, 650, 654, 665, 668, 669, 676, 679, 683, 686, 687, 694, 696),
Dish Network (411, 414, 415, 416, 419, 423, 426, 429, 437, 5411, 5414, 5415, 5416, 5423, 5426, 5429, 5437)
Cable (in Central Texas):
Grande (27), Time Warner Cable (26)
HD Cable (in Central Texas):
Grande (827), Time Warner Cable (1016)
For cable listings outside Central Texas, contact your local provider.

Below is a complete list of clearances (Live, Delay and Repeat) for Saturday's game:

Network
Date Time (TZ)
L, R, D
FOX SPORTS ARIZONA
Sat., Nov. 5
4 p.m. (PT) LIVE
FOX SPORTS DETROIT (Plus) Sat., Nov. 5 7 p.m. (ET) LIVE
FOX SPORTS FLORIDA  Sat., Nov. 5 7 p.m. (ET) LIVE
FOX SPORTS HOUSTON (Texas) Sat., Nov. 5 6 p.m. (CT) LIVE
FOX SPORTS HOUSTON PLUS (LA) Sat., Nov. 5 6 p.m. (CT) LIVE
FOX SPORTS MIDWEST (Non-St. Louis & IL) Sat., Nov. 5 6 p.m. (CT) LIVE
FOX SPORTS MIDWEST (St. Louis & IL)
Alternate distribution available on DirecTV, Dish,
AT&T U-Verse, Charter Cable, HomeTel, Madison,
Cable America, Fidelity and Consolidated (IL)
Sat., Nov. 5 6 p.m. (CT) LIVE
FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST (TX & OK)
Sat., Nov. 5 6 p.m. (CT) LIVE
FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST (AR & LA) Sat., Nov. 5 6 p.m. (CT) LIVE
FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN Sat., Nov. 5 6 p.m. (CT) LIVE
PRIME TICKET Sat., Nov. 5 4 p.m. (PT) LIVE
SPORTSOUTH Sat., Nov. 5 7 p.m. (ET) LIVE
COMCAST BAY AREA
Sat., Nov. 5 4 p.m. (PT) LIVE
COMCAST CHICAGO  Sat., Nov. 5 6 p.m. (CT) LIVE
COMCAST MID ATLANTIC (Plus) Sat., Nov. 5 7 p.m. (ET) LIVE
COMCAST NETWORK (Philadelphia) Sat., Nov. 5 7 p.m. (ET) LIVE
ROOT SPORTS (Northwest Region)
Sat., Nov. 5 4 p.m. (PT)
LIVE
ROOT SPORTS (Rocky Mtn Region) Sat., Nov. 5 5  p.m. (MT) LIVE
FOX SPORTS HOUSTON Sun., Nov. 6 2 a.m. (CT) Repeat
FOX SPORTS HOUSTON Fri., Nov. 11 1 a.m. (CT) Repeat
FOX SPORTS MIDWEST Sun., Nov. 6 2 a.m. (CT) Repeat
FOX SPORTS NORTH Sun., Nov. 6 1 a.m. (CT) Delay
FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST Sun., Nov. 6 2 a.m. (CT) Repeat
FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST Fri., Nov. 11 1 a.m. (CT) Repeat
SPORTSOUTH Mon., Nov. 7 3 p.m. (ET) Repeat
SPORTSOUTH Wed., Nov. 9 1 a.m. (ET) Repeat
SPORTSOUTH Wed., Nov. 9 11 a.m. (ET) Repeat
COMCAST BAY AREA Mon., Nov. 7 3 p.m. (PT) Repeat

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


Baylor's Homecoming History
2:18 P.M., WED., NOV. 2, 2011


2006 Baylor Homecoming Parade

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Baylor plays its 80th Homecoming game Saturday, marking the 102nd anniversary of the first Homecoming in 1909. The Bears are 36-39-4 in Homecoming contests, including a 4-11 record in the Big 12 era. Baylor has played a Homecoming game every season since 1930, with the exception of two years during World War II (1943-44), when the Bears didn't field a team.

Baylor, which ended a three-game losing streak in Homecoming games with last season's 47-42 bowl-eligibility-clinching win over Kansas State, is 0-2 vs. Missouri in Homecoming, losing to the Tigers in 2000 (47-22) and again in 2008 (31-28).

Here's our Homecoming history:

"In the fall of 1909, Baylor alumni received a surprising invitational from their alma mater. A postcard signed by three professors asked the graduates to return to campus to "renew former associations and friendships, and catch the Baylor spirit again."

That postcard was the announcement of Baylor's first Homecoming. And at the bottom of the card, the organizers felt compelled to add: "It is not to be the occasion for the raising of money for any purpose."

Baylor, which first recognized Homecoming in 1909, is among five universities that were the first to hold Homecoming festivities - Illinois, Northern Illinois, Indiana and Michigan being the others. Michigan, NIU, Illinois and Indiana held homecoming-like events prior to 1910, but these events did not have the degree of planning associated with the first Illinois homecoming of 1910, nor did they employ the defining term of "Homecoming." 

So, which school has the longest running Homecoming tradition? Illinois can claim to have had the longest-running tradition called "homecoming," but Baylor claims the first "Homecoming" according to this PDF, "Origion of the University of Illinois Homecoming" (excerpt below):

The homecoming movement spread like wildfire in the years after 1910. Within the next several years, many other universities - Wisconsin and Missouri in 1911, Arizona in 1914, to name a few - launched their own homecomings...

So, what can be said about the University of Illinois and the origins of homecoming? One can define homecoming as a well-planned, University-sponsored annual alumni event centering on an intercollegiate football game. Michigan, Northern Illinois University and Indiana University held homecoming-like events prior to 1910, but these events did not have the degree of planning associated with the first Illinois homecoming of 1910, nor did they employ the defining title of "Homecoming." Baylor University, on the other hand, did hold a well-planned alumni event specifically called "Home-Coming" in 1909, one year before Illinois' first Homecoming. The Texas school, though, had not started a tradition: The next Baylor homecoming was not held until 1915. Thanks to the 1918 hiatus, the Illinois Homecoming tradition cannot be said to have been continuous since 1910. At the very least, Illinois can claim to have had the longest tradition called "homecoming" and to have self-consciously created the event with the intention of it being a precedent that would be adopted by other institutions.

Here's what Illinois' writeup had to say of Baylor's Home-Coming":

On Nov. 24-25, 1909, Baylor University held an alumni event specifically called a "Home-Coming." According to the Baylor University Bulletin, the "purpose of the Home-Coming was to give an opportunity for the joyful meeting of former student friends, an occasion when old classmates could again feel the warm hand-clasp of their fellows, recall old memories and associations, and catch the Baylor spirit again." The event - the result of an appeal by Baylor president Samual Palmer Brooks - had been planned six months in advance. The Home-Coming featured a concert, a pep rally, a parade, a bonfire and a football game. In this Thanksgiving Day game, Baylor defeated TCU, 6-3. The next Baylor "Home-Coming" apparently was not held until 1915.

Homecoming at the University of Illinois is the longest continuously running such collegiate event, beginning in 1910 and marking its 101st anniversity in 2011 (the 1918 event was cancelled because of World War I).

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


Bears in the NFL: Week 8
11:54 A.M., WED., NOV. 2, 2011

Rookie OG Danny Watkins made his third consecutive start on the offensive line for the Philadelphia Eagles, while rookie DT Phil Taylor tallied two tackles, one sack and forced a fumble in Cleveland's 20-10 loss at San Francisco.

Third-year RT Jason Smith did not play in St. Louis' 31-21 win over the New Orleans Saints, missing the game because of a concussion and bruised neck he suffered the week before against Dallas. Smith will most likely miss several weeks, and maybe longer, according to reports.

Player, Position
Week 8
Season Update
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Matt Bryant, PK
 Atlanta Falcons
(4-3)
 NFL Experience: 9th season
 Lettered at Baylor: 1997-98
BYE WEEK 7 GP
11/11 FG (LG 50)
17/17 PAT
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  David Gettis, WR
 Carolina Panthers
(2-6)
 NFL Experience: 2nd season
 Lettered at Baylor: 2006-09
DID NOT PLAY
L, 21-24 vs. MIN
INJURED
RESERVE
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Daniel Sepulveda, P
 Pittsburgh Steelers
(7-2)
 NFL Experience: 5th season
 Lettered at Baylor: 2003-06
PLAYED
1 Punt
31.0 avg
W, 25-17 vs. NE
8 GP
25 punts
46.1 avg
Long: 66
In 20: 8
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Jason Smith, RT
 St. Louis Rams
(1-6)
 NFL Experience: 3rd season
 Lettered at Baylor: 2005-08
DID NOT PLAY
Injured
W, 31-21 vs. NO
6 GP, 6 GS
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Justin Snow, LS
 Indianapolis Colts
(0-8)
 NFL Experience: 12th season
 Lettered at Baylor: 1996-99
PLAYED
No Stats
L, 10-27 at TEN
8 GP, 0 GS
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Phil Taylor, DT
 Cleveland Browns
(3-4)
 NFL Experience: Rookie
 Lettered at Baylor: 2009-10
STARTED
2 TT, 1.0 sack
1 FF
L, 10-20 at SF
7 GP, 7 GS
25 TT (64 UA)
3.0 sack, 1 FF
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  J.D. Walton, C
 Denver Broncos
(2-5)
 NFL Experience: 2nd season
 Lettered at Baylor: 2007-09
STARTED
No Stats
L, 10-45 vs. DET
7 GP, 7 GS
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Danny Watkins, OG
 Philadelphia Eagles
(3-4)
 NFL Experience: Rookie
 Lettered at Baylor: 2009-10
STARTED
No Stats
W, 34-7 vs. DAL
3 GP, 3 GS
http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/getty/headshot/B/R/Y/BRY500226.jpg  Jonathan Weeks, LS
 Houston Texans
(5-3)
 NFL Experience: 2nd season
 Lettered at Baylor: 2004-07
PLAYED
No Stats
W, 24-14 vs. JAC
8 GP, 0 GS

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