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This is one of the busiest times of year around the athletics department and I am grateful to our coaches and staff for keeping all of the balls in the air. I want to take a few minutes to make time to answer some questions and share some thoughts regarding the year thus far.
The football team is currently 3-5 and coming off what I believe was our best performance of the season despite dropping a 31-10 decision to No. 19 Texas. I was particularly encouraged by the play of the defense and hope that we can take another step forward when we play at Kansas State this Saturday.
This is the home stretch for volleyball and soccer, and both teams have some work to do in order to qualify for post-season play. Key matches loom for both teams against Texas Tech this weekend.
The cross country teams will be heading to Lubbock for the Big 12 championships on Friday and we are looking forward to strong performances from both programs.
The equestrian team will host an event over the weekend as well and I encourage fans who have not yet taken in Baylor's newest sport to come out to the Willis Family Equestrian Center for the competition on Friday and Saturday.
Homecoming is just over a week away and there are a number of events planned that I encourage you to attend.
The Immortal Ten Statue will be dedicated on Friday, Nov. 2 at 2:00 p.m. This memorial has been much awaited and we look forward to the formal dedication and recognition of these heroic Baylor students and student-athletes from the past. Later that afternoon, we will have a private reception to dedicate the Lee and Elaine Harrington Football Recruiting Center that opened last year. This facility has been an important addition at Floyd Casey Stadium and has been well received by our coaches and prospective student-athletes and their families.
Finally, we will be honoring the 1957 Sugar Bowl championship team and in their honor hosting a reception and dinner for one of Baylor's greatest all-time teams. This team's historic victory over the heavily favored Tennessee Volunteers ranks among the greatest wins in Baylor history. Of course the highlight of the weekend will be Baylor meeting Texas Tech in football at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Good tickets are still available by calling 710-1000.
The following are the most recent round of Ask Ian questions.
Will tickets to the Baylor-Arkansas basketball game in Dallas be available for purchase through the Baylor ticket office?
Our staff visited American Airlines Center this week in preparation of the Baylor - Arkansas men's basketball game on January 5. We will be selling tickets through Ticketmaster and the AAC box office. We will afford Baylor Bear Foundation members, season ticketholders and students only the opportunity to purchase tickets directly through the Athletics Ticket Office. Tickets will go on sale next month and we are looking forward to a great event!
Each year it seems like we have a football team that could take us back to the glory days of Baylor football or at least to a winning season or bowl game. What has changed in Baylor and collegiate football that has kept Baylor from being the football powerhouse it once was?
Do you see Baylor football getting back to a winning program anytime in the near future?
I look forward to great success in football at Baylor. The parity in college football, changes in recruiting regulations, scholarship limits and most importantly the significant academic reform including APR are all great assets to Baylor. We have made a great deal of progress in recent years in a number of areas including facility development and I am confident that our football program will enjoy great success in the future.
I truly appreciate the Sigma Chi's school spirit. I think it is great to have their support. That being said, the giant air horn has to go. I like the bell. I can even handle them driving it on the field after a score, but the air horn distracts from the traditional celebration of the BAYLOR BEARS chant.That chant is one of my favorite parts of Baylor Football and has been since I was a very young child. Can something please be done about this?
Yours is a well timed e-mail. We have recently discussed the horn with Sigma Chi and have come to an agreement that provides an opportunity for spirit yet also does not take away from the tradition which you identify with at Baylor football games. Thanks for the insightful e-mail and comments.
As an alum, I am excited about all the sports success Baylor has had in baseball, track, women's basketball and more....but am still hoping we can become a great football team, too.
When I look at the football roster it appears as though we are only recruiting from Texas with a few other players as well. It seems to me that as an academically strong, distinctly Baptist university you could use this to an advantage to recruit well beyond the state lines for high-quality athletes elsewhere looking for a distinctly Christian education. Do you make any attempt to do this? If so,how?
This is a great observation and question. The success that Baylor Athletics and the University are enjoying coupled with our rising national profile will make it much easier to recruit nationally (and internationally) than ever before. Generally, our coaches concentrate recruiting efforts in Texas since 85 percent of our students are in-state and there is a tremendous amount of athletics talent.
However, we are seeing increased interest and emphasis outside the state and that seems to be paying great dividends at this point. Prospective student-athletes who desire a great education in a private academic setting with Christian values are strongly attracted to Baylor!
While FSN and Versus TV games may be better than no TV what do you think it will take for the Bears to get a game on ABC or ESPN since it has been about 10 years since that last happened?
We were very hopeful that one of our football games would be selected for either an ESPN or ABC exposure this year. However, the television picks are determined based upon games which have the greatest opportunity for ratings and generally involve the highest ranked teams. I am confident that we will break through shortly and have an opportunity on one of these two platforms.