Baylor Athletics Making Its Mark

Baylor Athletics Making Its Mark

Junior quarterback Robert Griffin III won the school's first Heisman Trophy. The Bears finished the regular season ranked 16th in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll, then last week equaled the school record for wins in a season with 10 by outlasting Washington in the Alamo Bowl 67-56.

•The men's basketball team is 14-0 and ranked fifth in the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Poll. Sophomore forward Perry Jones III was the preseason pick to be the Big 12 player of the year. This is a program that hasn't won a conference title since 1950 and was scandalized in June 2003 by the murder of player Patrick Dennehy by teammate Carlton Dotson and subsequent coverup of related NCAA rules violations by then-coach Dave Bliss.

•Such achievements under football coach Art Briles and men's basketball coach Scott Drew have elevated those programs closer to the heights that Baylor women's basketball has occupied for more than a decade. Kim Mulkey's Lady Bears were 13-0 going into Wednesday's game against Missouri, have been ranked first in the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Poll since preseason and are aiming for their second national title in eight seasons. Brittney Griner, their 6-8 junior center, figures to contend for national player of the year.

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