Baylor Nation Swells With Pride
Historic Wins for the Green and Gold
It has been an exciting time for Baylor basketball. Both the men's and the women's teams have performed impressively in post-season play.
Heading into a Final Four appearance and two wins from the National Championship, the Lady Bears basketball team is looking to have an undefeated season with a perfect 40-0 finish.
"You're heading in with a focus like none other that I've seen in a while," head coach Kim Mulkey said. "It's reflected in how we're playing right now. And you just want to continue it."
The men's basketball team earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and made their seventh tournament appearance in program history and the third under head coach Scott Drew. Their finish in the Elite Eight was nothing short of impressive, ending the season with pride.
"We fought hard, and I'm happy to be a Baylor Bear," senior forward Quincy Acy said. "This University has done so much for me. I wouldn't have asked to go anywhere else."
"Because of the senior leadership we've had all year and the great group of guys we've had, it's been a blessing to coach them," Coach Drew said. He reflected on the year and remarked that it has "definitely been one of the best years. I've enjoyed being around a great group of guys."
Who could forget the excitement as coach Art Briles and the Bears wrapped up a historic football season with the Valero Alamo Bowl victory and a Heisman trophy-winning quarterback, Robert Griffin III, who is expected to be the first or second round pick in the NFL draft!
"As a football team, we've had a great year," Briles said. "Robert had an outstanding season that is pretty much unparalleled. I can think of two or three people in the last couple of decades who might parallel his season. Also, we've had an outstanding football season as a team. It all escalates and leads to this; it's a big celebration."
Many other Baylor sports are nationally ranked, including men's and women's golf, equestrian, softball, men's and women's tennis and track and field.
This excitement has spurred the largest capital gift in University history, generously given by Elizabeth and Drayton McLane, Jr. for Baylor's new on-campus football facility alongside the Brazos River, to be named Baylor Stadium. The McLanes' gift helps to push forward plans and additional fundraising to support stadium construction.
During this historic time in Baylor Athletics history, the University is exceedingly grateful for the way the Baylor Nation has risen up in support.
Sic 'em Bears!