Briles loving Baylor's hoops success

March, 20, 2012
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WACO, Texas -- Baylor's football team enjoyed its second 10-win season in school history, but it also boasts two basketball teams in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, too, after a pair of wins over the weekend.

Add all that up, and Baylor's got an athletic director in contention for the Sports Business Journal's Athletic Director of the Year, too.

It's a banner year in Waco.

"I don’t know how you say Day of the Bear, what is it, 'Dia De Oso?' But how do you say year? That’s what we need to learn how to say," Briles joked before Monday's practice.

Aņo de la Oso indeed. This has been the Year of the Bear in college sports. The Bears are in the beginning stages of getting fundraising for a new stadium they hope opens in 2014 and couldn't ask for a better team.

It's not every year you have a reigning Heisman winner roaming campus. Before December, it wasn't any year.

But it's March, and Briles is enjoying the ride the hoops teams are taking the Baylor community on for the last week and beyond.

Coach Kim Mulkey and superstar Brittney Griner has the Lady Bears undefeated and the favorites to win their first national title since 2005.

The men's team advanced to a second consecutive Sweet 16 and played in the Big 12 Championship game last week, boasting a star of their own in Perry Jones III who'll be a likely lottery pick in this summer's NBA Draft.

"It’s amazing. They’re doing an outstanding job. Both teams look focused and energized. It’s terrific," he said. "It’s been a lot of fun, we’ve got to keep it going."

Is Briles watching?

"Shoot, yeah," he said. "We’ve all got the same first name, and that’s Baylor. So, we’re all just happy for what’s going on. It’s great for our university and great for the individual programs that are playing ball."

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