Teaffs To Lead Baylor Homecoming Parade Nov. 11

Nov. 8, 2000

by LoAna Lopez

The 2000 Baylor University Homecoming Parade will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in downtown Waco, featuring 190 entries. The parade, believed to be the oldest and largest homecoming parade in the nation, will begin on Austin Avenue, make its way up Fourth Street, then travel under the Interstate 35 overpass before arriving on campus on Fifth Street around 9 a.m.

The annual Veterans Day parade will immediately follow the Baylor parade on Austin Avenue.

Leading this year's Homecoming parade will be Grand Marshals Grant and Donell Teaff.

Grant Teaff is the winningest football coach in Baylor history, leading the Bears to 128 victories over more than three decades. During his tenure, Baylor won two Southwest Conference championships and played in eight post-season bowl games. Teaff was named SWC Coach of the Year six times and was named National Coach of the Year in 1974, the year Baylor upset Texas at home in the famous "Miracle on the Brazos."

Today, Teaff serves as executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, headquartered in Waco. In 1998, the renovated athletic facilities around Floyd Casey Stadium were named the Grant Teaff Athletic Complex.

A graduate of Texas Tech University, Donell Teaff was elected to the Baylor Board of Regents in July. Active for decades as "The First Lady of Football," she has served as president of Baylor Round Table and as president, sponsor and adviser for Baylor's Delta Delta Delta chapter.

KWTX-TV, which has broadcast the parade for more than 20 years, will provide live coverage of Saturday's event.

For more information about the Baylor Homecoming parade, contact Matt Green, parade chairman for the Baylor Chamber of Commerce, at 710-3322. Information also is available on the Homecoming website at www.baylor.edu/~Homecoming/.

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