Baylor believes they get no respect — no respect at all.
But it appears as though they are starting to.
In the Big 12 Conference football preseason poll, the Bears received two first-place votes — the first time the program has ever received votes in the conference media poll. And the nods begged a question from Baylor coach Art Briles.
“I don’t know how many people vote, I guess 25. I was wondering why those other 23 didn’t believe in us,” Briles said. “It just shows, I think, that we’re gaining some respect. We’re certainly not where we need to be or want to be or going to be, but we got one foot out of the water and on the land.
“We’re gaining ground. That’s what we’ll continue to keep doing by recruiting good kids, coaching them hard, and letting them play hard on Saturdays.”
Baylor running back and Big 12 Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Lache Seastrunk was happy to hear of the groundbreaking votes giving to the Bears, but he also wants to see the program gain more respect.
“We’re starting to get more and more people to understand that we can be in contention and do a lot of great things,” Seastrunk said. “They are starting to see that, but they still don’t believe that.”
Baylor makes bold statement in helmet
Baylor may not only be gaining respect from the media. The Bears may be gathering a following through its new uniforms.
As part of new uniforms they will be adding to its collection of Nike uniforms, Baylor brought a metallic gold helmet to place on the table during Briles’ morning press conference.
“Well, there’s two shiny things up here, that helmet and my head probably,” Briles joked. “To me, that’s what it’s all about. You got style, you got attitude, you got effort. You have an image, and our image is we’re going to play fast, we’re going to be fearless, and we’re not going to worry about what other people think because we know who we are and we know what we’re going to do.
“So the new uniforms and all that stuff, it’s tied in with presenting the image that we are at Baylor, and that’s being really good football players, really good students, at a really good university.”
The shiny new helmet brought comparisons to Oregon’s gaudy green shiny helmets — among the countless other looks the Ducks can sport on game day. But Big 12 Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Lache Seastrunk doesn’t like the comparison.
“They keep trying to compare us to Oregon, like we are trying to steal Oregon’s swag,” Seastrunk said. “... We are our own image. We are Baylor. We are bold. We’re building our own image.”
Baylor believes they get no respect — no respect at all.
Taylor drains 6 treys, Lady Zebras clip Collinsville, 49-46
When it comes to shooting, the Claremore Lady Zebras would rather drain three pointers than free throws.
Claremore’s Monica Taylor converted four of her six treys in the second half for a game-high 18 points as the Lady Zebras held off Collinsville, 49-46 in the season opener Tuesday night at the Claremore High School Gym.
As the buzzer sounded, the Claremore Zebras found themselves in an unfamiliar place.
For the first time in two years, the Zebras were on the winning side of the scoreboard and pumping each other’s chests after their 43-29 season-opening victory over the Collinsville Cardinals.
Berryhill sweeps Sequoyah in opener
The Berryhill Chiefs boys’ basketball team spoiled the Claremore Sequoyah Eagles’ season opener with a dominant 69-44 road win Tuesday night at Olan Graham field house.
The Chiefs rained down with 10 3-pointers against the Eagles (0-1, 0-0).
Cards soar past Sperry
In a big Class 3A gun down, No. 3 Verdigris had more weapons than No. 6 Sperry.
In their home opener, the 2-0 Cardinals buried eight three-point shots and converted 21-of-23 free throws in rolling past the Pirates 69-54.
Battenfield, Hanslovan spark No. 4 Lady Cards past Sperry
Fourth-ranked Verdigris shot nearly 50 percent and forced Sperry into 22 turnovers, finally pulling away for a 73-41 home opening victory Tuesday night in Class 3A girls basketball.
NBA CAPSULES: Spurs clip Hawks, 102-100
Tim Duncan made a jumper with 0.4 seconds left to lift the San Antonio Spurs to a 102-100 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night.
Duncan finished with 23 points and 21 rebounds as San Antonio dominated the middle against the younger and more athletic Atlanta front court. Boris Diaw had 16 points and Tiago Splitter finished with 11.
K-State likely headed to Holiday Bowl
Nobody was talking about bowl games at Kansas State in mid-October, when the Wildcats were sitting at 2-4 and feeling bruised and battered after a loss to Baylor.
Nobody was giving up on the season, either.
So with the kind of steadfast resolve that has become a hallmark under Bill Snyder, Kansas State flipped the script. The Wildcats ripped off four straight wins to become bowl eligible, and then finished off their regular-season with a 31-10 rout of Kansas on Saturday.
Tense victory at TCU keeps No. 9 Baylor in race
Baylor coach Art Briles threw his hat and his headset in a rare display of emotion on the interception that ended TCU's upset bid in the final seconds.
The No. 9 Bears had persevered and recovered from a blowout loss to Oklahoma State that ended their hopes for a national title a week earlier. They also won for a coach whose older brother, Eddie, died from an apparent head injury after a fall just three days before the tense 41-38 victory on Saturday.
Meyer won't suspend ejected Ohio State players
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says the players ejected from the Michigan game for fighting will not be suspended for the Big Ten championship game.
Stunning matchup for SEC title: Tigers vs. Tigers
Talk about an SEC surprise.
Just a year ago, the Auburn Tigers won all of three games and fired their coach. Just a year ago, the Missouri Tigers looked very much like a school that had no business joining the mighty Southeastern Conference.
Well, look at the matchup for Saturday's championship game.
Tigers vs. Tigers.
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