September 3, 2011
Dear Baylor Nation:
What a great day to be a Baylor Bear.
As the sun sets on a beautiful Saturday here in Waco, my thoughts return to what was for all of us a simply exhilarating evening as our Baylor Bears triumphed in a heart-stopping, headline-grabbing victory over No. 14 TCU.
The excitement yesterday culminated as the game clock wound down and our students stormed the field, but it started much earlier in the day. The atmosphere at Floyd Casey Stadium was absolutely electric:thousands of Baylor fans arrived for the game early and packed our tailgating areas where they proudly flung their green and gold,
the largest Baylor Line in university history stormed the field prior to kick off and cheered non-stop throughout the game,
more than 43,000 fans - the largest home-opening crowd since 1975 - filled our stadium and demonstrated before a national television audience the love and loyalty of Baylor Nation.
The game also was significant in other ways. Even in the context of a competitive football game, we treated our guests from Fort Worth with kindness and respect. We also took time to honor representatives from the Wounded Warrior Project, soldiers who have given so much in service to our country. Last night, televisions across this nation provided a glimpse into the heart and character of Baylor University. Our students, student-athletes, alumni and others represented us extraordinarily well.
Today, as we celebrate this victory, there are continuing discussions regarding the Big 12 Conference. I want you to know that the university's administration, and our Board of Regents, continues to work tirelessly to ensure that Baylor's position remains strong. We remain committed to the Big 12 and to honor the great rivalries we share with other institutions in the conference. We are enthusiastic about the prospects of further strengthening the conference through expansion.
Friday night's victory over TCU on a national stage allowed the country to see firsthand the strength of Baylor athletics. We have made major investments in our athletics programs and facilities, and we are a force to be reckoned with in major college athletics, with numerous championship-caliber teams - and now Bowl Championship Series football.
We are immensely proud of our university and our athletics program, our students and our championship-caliber fan base. The country is now paying attention to Baylor Nation. We are full of legendary moments, with so many more to come.
Sic 'em, Bears!
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