In the News - Student-Athlete Accolades
Boston Globe, Jan. 6, 2012
Article about Baylor's sports successes, including its victory in the Alamo Bowl, quarter Robert Griffin III's winning of the Heisman Trophy, an undefeated and top-ranked women's basketball team, and the unbeaten and fourth-ranked men's basketball team.
Dec. 28, 2012
Baylor president Ken Starr is quoted on RG3 winning the Heisman trophy, the pride and excitement displayed on campus and the possibility of a new stadium.
That "dear old Baylor spirit," from the school song, has been tested mightily for decades. Losing was so pervasive among the football and men's basketball teams, the Bears' very membership in major-college athletics sometimes was questioned.
No matter what crazy things Griffin III says about his own fame, it's impossible to be offended by the guy. He just gets it.
He's made 17 of his last 26 3-point attempts and is shooting 48.7 percent overall from beyond the arc. Still, the best illustration of Brady Heslip's importance to Baylor's basketball team occurred during a stoppage in play nearly two weeks ago at BYU.
When Terrance Ganaway's mother died of kidney cancer the summer after his freshman season at the University of Houston, he didn't have to look far to find someone who understood the pain.
The rise of RG3 is listed by Sports Illustrated as one of the top stories of 2011.
Considering the uncertain athletic future Baylor faced each of the past two summers during speculation of potential super conferences and the Big 12 teetering on the brink of collapse, Starr may find no better way to express the impact of Griffin's Heisman Trophy in helping boost and change the perception of the private school in central Texas.
Looming over busy Interstate 35, next to a photo of the Baylor quarterback in action, the wording was succinct: "Building leaders ... and Heisman Trophy winners."
Wright, an inside and outside receiving threat for star quarterback Robert Griffin III, arrives at the Valero Alamo Bowl already as Baylor's single-season record-holder with 1,655 all-purpose yards.
For three and a half hours on Thursday night, Husky fans, you've got to find it in your hearts to despise college football's most exciting, most inspirational and most ... well, perfect player.
He already has his Heisman. Chalk up another award for RG3.
Already the winner of the Heisman Trophy and Davey O'Brien Award, Griffin won AP Player of the Year on Wednesday.
It's good to be a Baylor fan these days. The SportsCenter Express takes you through some of the most notable athletic achievements for the Baylor sports teams in the past few months.
It was a miserably cold fall Friday night in central Texas when Staff Sgt. Robert Griffin Jr. looked down into the eyes of his 11-year-old son and knew something special was going on.
You got the feeling that no matter who would have won, the postgame comments from both coaches would have been about the same. But it was maybe just a little easier for UConn's Geno Auriemma to handle losing this one.
With the Heisman Trophy winner, the #7 ranked men's basketball team, and the #1 ranked women's basketball team all residing in Waco, there's a lot of buzz around Baylor University these days.
It's pretty clear the Bears are more than capable of competing for the Big 12 title and a deep run in March, possibly long enough to get to New Orleans.
The frontcourt in particular, which features the talented trio of 6-foot-11 sophomore Perry Jones III, 6-foot-7 senior Quincy Acy, and 6-foot-9 freshman Quincy Miller, might be the country's best.
Baylor has its highest ranking in two decades. The private Baptist school in a quiet Texas town has the nation's best player, and the eyes of the country are upon him and his team.
Baylor's Kendall Wright and Robert Griffin III were both named All-Americans by The Associated Press on Wednesday. RG3 was honored as the first-team quarterback, while Wright was named a second-team wide receiver, as selected by 16 AP poll voters.
In accepting the award as the nation's best college football player last weekend, Robert Griffin III reminded us of the simpler pleasures of the game -- a time when the Heisman winner could be found at places such as Yale, Princeton, the University of Chicago and the service academies of Army and Navy.
Baylor hosted a pretty raucous celebration on Saturday night when quarterback Robert Griffin III won the Heisman, and they'll get a couple more chances to celebrate with RG3 later this week.
Robert Griffin III and Kendall Wright were named 1st-team All-Americans by Phil Steele.
Baylor junior quarterback Robert Griffin III and senior wide receiver Kendall Wright were named were named to CBSSports.com All-America team.