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March 22, 2012

SportsBriefs

Football inks Briles' best recruiting class yet

In February, Baylor football announced the signing of 23 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for this fall.

The class is the Bears' highest-rated group of signees in a decade, ranked No. 30 nationally by Scout.com. Nearly two-thirds of the newcomers are likely to play on the defensive side of the ball under second-year coordinator Phil Bennett, including a pair of high school all-Americans in defensive end Javonte Magee and linebacker Brian Nance.

Wide receiver Corey Coleman and safety Aiavion Edwards each ranked among the top 25 at their positions by Scout.com, and the website ranked five other Bears among the top 50 at their positions.

The Bears open the 2012 season Sept. 1 hosting SMU. Homecoming 2012 is scheduled for Nov. 3 against Kansas; for the complete schedule, visit BaylorBears.com.

Mulkey, Griner repeat as Big 12's best

Lady Bears head coach Kim Mulkey and junior Brittney Griner were each honored by Big 12 Conference women's basketball coaches for the second year running when individual honors were announced March 5.

Mulkey was named Big 12 Coach of the Year for the second straight season after leading the Lady Bears to a 31-0 regular season record and an 18-0 league mark, both Big 12 records.

Junior Brittney Griner was named Big 12 Player of the Year for the second year in a row and earned Defensive Player of the Year kudos for the third consecutive year. Griner and Odyssey Sims each made the All-Big 12 first team and the league's All-Defensive Team; Destiny Williams (second team) and Kimetria Hayden (honorable mention) were also named All-Big 12.

On the men's side, coaches named Quincy Acy and Pierre Jackson to the All-Big 12 second team; Perry Jones III earned third-team honors. Quincy Miller was honored as Co-Freshman of the Year, named honorable mention All-Big 12 and selected for the Big 12 All-Rookie Team.

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