What Baylor athletics achieved in 2011-12 is nothing short of unbelievable, that is until you study what the Bears have done since Ian McCaw was named athletic director in September 2003.
In the last nine years Baylor has captured 36 Big 12 titles – third-most in the league behind just Texas and outgoing Texas A&M – spread out among baseball, women’s basketball, equestrian, softball and men’s and women’s tennis. There have been three national titles – men’s tennis in 2004 and women’s basketball in 2005 and 2012 – and arguably the most successful sixth-month stint in football, and men’s and women’s basketball in the 167-year history of the school.
Take your pick for the biggest sports story of the year for the Bears. Was it Baylor women’s basketball running the table and finishing the season with 40-0 record and the school’s second NCAA title under veteran coach Kim Mulkey? Or was it Robert Griffin III winning the Heisman Trophy and leading the Bears to an Alamo Bowl victory over Washington?
Scott Drew leading Baylor’s men’s basketball team to an Elite Eight appearance and a 12-point loss to Kentucky would have made headlines in most years.
The 80 combined victories in football and men’s and women’s basketball this is the most by any program in NCAA history and, adding baseball, the Bears also passed the 123 victories Texas had in those four sports during the 2004 campaign for the most in NCAA history.
Baylor is only the second program ever to boast a Heisman Trophy winner (Griffin III) and the c
Baylor University is a private, Christian university located in Waco, Texas, founded in 1845.
onsensus national player of the year in women’s basketball (Brittney Griner). The school finished this year ranked among the nation’s top 50 athletic programs in the NACDA Directors’ Cup standings for the sixth straight year, including a top 25 finish in 2005.
Yes, it was truly a remarkable year in the history of Baylor athletics with the promise of even greater success on the horizon as the Bears are planning to construct a new football stadium, thanks to the most generous gift in school history by outgoing Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane.
Location: Waco, Texas Population: 125,000 Founded: 1845 Enrollment: 15,029 Nickname: Bears Colors: Baylor Green and Baylor Gold President: Kenneth Starr Athletic Director: Ian McCaw Website: http://www.baylorbears.com
Baylor Bowl Game History 2011, Alamo Bowl vs. Washington (W) 2010, Texas Bowl vs. Illinois (L) 1994, Alamo Bowl vs. Washington State (L) 1992, Sun Bowl vs. Arizona (W) 1991, Copper Bowl vs. Indiana (L) 1986, Bluebonnet Bowl vs. Colorado (W) 1985, Liberty Bowl vs. LSU (W) 1983, Bluebonnet Bowl vs. Oklahoma State (L) 1981, Cotton Bowl vs. Alabama (L) 1979, Peach Bowl vs. Clemson (W) 1975, Cotton Bowl vs. Penn State (L) 1963, Bluebonnet Bowl vs. LSU (W) 1961, Gotham Bowl vs. Utah State (W) 1960, Gator Bowl vs. Florida (L) 1957, Sugar Bowl vs. Tennessee (W) 1954, Gator Bowl vs. Auburn (L) 1952, Orange Bowl vs. Georgia Tech (L) 1949, Dixie Bowl vs. Wake Forest (W)
NFL First-Round Draft Picks 2012, Robert Griffin III, QB (Washington) 2012, Kendall Wright, WR (Tennessee) 2011, Philip Taylor, DT (Cleveland) 2011, Danny Watkins, G (Philadelphia) 2009, Jason Smith, T (St. Louis) 1990, James Francis, LB (Cincinnati) 1982, Walter Abercrombie, RB (Pittsburgh) 1979, Greg Hawthorne, RB (Pittsburgh) 1977, Gary Green, DB (Kansas City) 1962, Ronnie Bull, RB (Chicago) 1959, Paul Dickson, DT (Los Angeles) 1957, Bill Glass, DE (Detroit) 1957, Del Shofner, E (Los Angeles) 1954, Cotton Davidson, QB (Baltimore) 1950, Adrian Burk, QB (Baltimore) 1942, Jack Wilson, HB (Cleveland)
Naismith Hall of Fame: None
Baylor NCAA Tournament History 2012, Elite Eight 2010, Elite Eight 2008 1988 1950, Final Four 1948, Runner-up 1946
NBA First-Round Draft Picks 2010, Ekpe Udou (Golden State) 1998, Brian Skinner (LA Clippers) 1979, Vinnie Johnson (Seattle)
Naismith Hall of Fame: Kim Mulkey, Leon Barmore and Sonja Hogg
Baylor NCAA Tournament History 2012, NCAA champions 2011, Elite Eight 2010, Final Four 2008, Sweet 16 2007 2006, Sweet 16 2005, NCAA champions 2004, Sweet 16 2002 2001
Baylor football coach Art Briles and West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen once worked together on Mike Leach’s Texas Tech football staff.
DID YOU KNOW?:
The popular soft drink Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco, Texas at Morrison's Old Corner Drug Store in 1885. Also, Baylor President Kenneth Starr served as Independent Counsel investigating the real estate dealings of President Bill Clinton's wife Hillary. The investigation produced the Starr Report, which eventually led to the impeachment proceedings for Clinton.
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Michael Fragale, Julie Brown, Chris Ostien and Alyssa Casalino also contributed to this report