It will forever be known as the Year of the Bear. Baylor is the new leader in the club house and will look to pile up more wins as the baseball season progress as it becomes the new standard bearer for the NCAA as it’s winningest season in history continues.
The 2011-2012 season has been one of the ages for Baylor. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are aware that Baylor has been chasing down the winningest season in NCAA history for a couple of months now. Texas had the previous all-time record in 2003-2004 with 123 wins in the 4 major sports.
With today’s pummeling of KState, Baylor now sits atop the NCAA throne as the winningest program in a single season of all time.
Men’s Basketball 30-8
Women’s Basketball 40-0
Baseball 44-13 (and counting…)
For those that aren’t from Texas or Big 12 country, you may not be aware of the nationally solid programs Baylor has built in the spring sports for more than a decade now.
With women’s basketball being nationally prominent throughout most of the 2000s and men’s basketball being a major national player the last several years, the last remaining cog required to reach this level of immortal athletic greatness was football.
The hiring of Art Briles 4 years ago, the construction of one of the top on campus practice facilities in the nation, the hiring of elite Defensive Coordinator Phil Bennett, a Heisman tropy and a 10 win season in 2011 has built immeasurable momentum and helped propel Baylor as the new NCAA standard for greatness in a single season.
Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, the Baylor Big Fish announce they are funding the creation of what will likely be one of the top 2 or 3 most scenic stadiums in the nation. Nestled on the Brazos river, overlooking the amazingly scenic and serene Baylor University campus, the stadium is currently scheduled to open for the 2014 season.
The Year of the Bear has been unprecedented. As we watched some of our conference brethren destabilize the conference in the hopes of destroying it, and ultimately realize they weren’t as big as they thought, while showing the world they were incapable of working out their differences with their century-long rivals, all Baylor did was this:
When you do that, you don’t worry about things like the LHN network which nobody watches. You go and get your own network. I like to call it BSPN – Baylor Sports Programming Network, as coverage of Baylor ran non-stop for months, nation-wide.
What an amazing time to be a Baylor alum, student, athlete and fan. When you’re the winningest program the NCAA has ever had, you can proudly say: