OurDailyPodcast

Merry Christmas, everyone! Our gift to you this Christmas Eve is a podcast! Because we love you and we’re here to entertain you while you travel, do your last minute shopping, or whatever. We podcast, you decide.

Mark returns to the podcast for a preview of the Russell Athletic Bowl, the Baylor Bears, the North Carolina Tar Heels, and everything involved therein. Before we get to the topics, though, I hope you notice that I put together a special introduction this week, paying homage to the most dynamic receiver in the country, Biletnikoff winner Corey Coleman. I had hoped to be able to do this after the bowl game and add in whatever scores he had against UNC, but sadly, that is not to be. So, I hope you enjoy it. Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • The injury situation to Jarrett Stidham, Shock Linwood, Coleman, and possibly Patrick Colbert
  • What this offense will look like without those players
  • Self-scouting and “conventional wisdom”
  • The Tar Heel defense, its strengths, weaknesses, and aggressive secondary
  • How often do we see the WildBear?
  • UNC’s offense and their weapons. Do they seem somewhat familiar to you?
  • The weather
  • Much more about the game
  • Briefly: Texas’ OC hire, A&M’s QB transfers, Kylo Ren’s decision to Transfer from Texas A&M
  • Overcast: a podcasting app for iOS

We hope you enjoy the podcast, and have a very Merry Christmas!

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Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 7:23am PDT

This is a podcast about basketball! Fankhauser and Mattisbear return to the show and we're talking all about the latest iteration of Scott Drew's work of art. Let's do this.

Direct download: 92_-_OurDailyPodcast__Basketball_is_Good.mp3
Category:Baylor Basketball -- posted at: 4:16am PDT

A loss is a loss. There’s no getting around that. But that doesn’t begin to sum up what happened on Saturday when the Bears played host to the Longhorns. Though the Longhorns were ultimately victorious, that second half was some of the most fun I’ve had watching football in quite a long time. Mark and I are back on the podcast to talk about that, the Playoff a bit, and more. Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • A measure of perspective on this season (we’ll do a full recap at some point)
  • Baylor lands in the Russell Athletic Bowl
  • The RAB Twitter account makes us excited about the bowl
  • The Texas Game
  • The halftime adjustments, and credit where it is due
  • Peter’s random halftime lunch experience
  • The defensive performance
  • We’d like more, please
  • The Big 12 OOC scheduling requirement
  • The Playoffs and New Years Six bowls (as well as the Alamo Bowl)
  • Rico Gathers (no, really)

 

Direct download: 91_-_OurDailyPodcast__Valiant.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 4:28am PDT

Mark and Peter decided to do a live podcast on December 3, and this was the result. It's the final episode of the season, and we're talking about the Coaching Carousel, the TCU game a bit, plus looking ahead to Saturday's matchup with Texas. 

Direct download: 90_-_OurDailyPodcast__Nobodys_Listening_or_The_Texas_Preview.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 4:43am PDT

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! Because of the holiday, we went ahead and recorded a podcast a day early, just like we promised that we would do! As teased on the last episode, BearsTruth’s Amy Pagitt makes her triumphant return to the podcast this week! Also, recording on a Tuesday night has the added benefit of bring right after the announcement of the College Football Playoff Rankings, so we’re talking about that a bit in this episode. Finally, some rankings to not send your blood pressure through the roof! That’s some good news. Let’s do this.

Here’s some of the stuff we’re talking about:

  • Gary Patterson’s strange logic behind his decision to go for 2 against OU
  • The College Football Playoff Rankings - hey, Baylor’s in a pretty decent spot!
  • TCU in Fort Worth on Friday
  • The Injuries
  • The Weather and which team an inclement weather game favors
  • The Revivalry
  • Reader Questions! Woohoo!
  • Picks of the week
  • Bristol Palin’s baby Sailor. Sorry, that should be “baby, Sailor.” She doesn’t have a baby sailor, though if anyone were to put an infant to work swabbing the decks, I guess it would be Bristol Palin. Anyway, don’t let this deter you from listening. We don’t really talk about it. Except for Amy.

Hope you enjoy this one! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

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Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 4:55am PDT

HUGE victory in Stillwater, OK. The Bears stay alive in both the Big 12 title race and the national conversation. Mark's back this week, and we're talking all about the win, and more:

  • Art Briles as baker extraordinaire
  • All about the defense
  • Andrew Billings
  • Travon Blanchard
  • Shawn Oakman
  • Grant Campbell setting the tone
  • Some refereeing talk
  • All the rest
  • Jarrett Stidham and Chris Johnson both have stellar days, despite injuries
  • KD Cannon
  • All of the offense
Direct download: 88_-_OurDailyPodcast__We_Fixed_the_Glitch.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 5:05am PDT

Mark was indisposed on recording day, so Peter went solo for the podcast this week. There's a ton to talk about and another live show just wasn't in the cards. We've been putting off talking about OU long enough, so here you go.

Topics:

  • College GameDay
  • McLane Stadium Atmosphere AND FLYOVER
  • Oklahoma
  • CFP Rankings
  • ALL the injuries
  • Oklahoma State

There's a ton there, but given the fact that it's only Peter, "we" make short work of the podcast. If you have feedback, let me know, I'd love to hear it.

 

Direct download: 87_-_OurDailyPodcast__Going_Solo.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 9:09pm PDT

Mark and Peter returned to the live format to preview College GameDay, the BlackOUt game against Oklahoma, and take listener questions from the blog. What ensued was a generally wheels-off podcast, which is always fun! About an hour into the thing, TV's Greg Tepper decided to stop by and further derail the entire thing to fun and entertaining effect!

 

Remember: TEPPER LOVES BAYLOR signs for GameDay!

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Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 3:54am PDT

PODCAST TIME!

I gotta tell you, this was a tough podcast to get up for. K-State was a challenging game and I mean no disrespect to the Wildcats or anyone associated with them… It’s just that the game was several days ago, and there’s been some massive shifting that’s taken place in the Big 12 (plus some great news about GameDay, etc.) since the game took place. That said, once we’re back in the swing of things, we’re rolling. Let’s get to it!

What are We Talking About?

These are mostly from memory because, like the true pro that I am, I forgot to jot down our topics as we covered them.

  • First things first, some big news in the world of recruiting dropped literally right before we started to record. We’re talking about that.
  • Recapping Kansas State
  • Stidham’s “underwhelming” (LOL) performance - goodness gracious he looked good
  • The game plan on both sides of the ball
  • The defensive performance and what we can take away from this
  • The rest of the Big 12 action
  • The College Football Playoff and the rankings: Both the good and the bad.
  • Oh yeah - COLLEGE GAMEDAY! Really, don’t do a 61–58 sign. Be better.
  • 5-Star Review Shoutouts!

Who do you want to be the College GameDay guest picker? Let us know in the comments.

Direct download: 85_-_OurDailyPodcast__Corey_Coleman_and_the_Temple_of_Doom.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 4:25am PDT

As the shock of the injury to Seth Russell began to wear off and the reality that Jarrett Stidham was now the Bears quarterback for the foreseeable future, there seemed to emerge two threads on our new quarterback: 1) he’s a true freshman and people don’t think true freshman can’t take a team all the way and, 2) Stidham isn’t your average true freshman. He doesn’t think like a true freshman, act like a true freshman, or play like one. This comes from sources we tend to believe: The coaches and players. Instead of talking about the first, I feel that the why behind the second thread is far more interesting. What makes people gush with praise about him when he’s been on Baylor’s campus for less than a year?

I decided to turn to Greg Tepper, one of the state’s leading experts on high school football. He graciously agreed to return to the podcast to discuss Stid’s skillsets and what we can expect from the quarterback. And then we proceeded to talk about that and basically everything else, too.

Be forewarned: this podcast is long. Sorry. It’s also all over the place. How quickly it went off the rails (10 minutes before I hit the record button) can only be described as Isbearian. Expect a true cold open because we just got right to the discussions and I realized it was good audio, so I hit the record button. Anyway, here’s what we’re talking about:

  • The blog’s humble yet auspicious beginnings
  • Conference realignment (huh)
  • Dave Campbell pops up everywhere
  • Candy Corn (we had to)
  • Jarrett Stidham, his abilities, and what causes others to lavish him with praise at this stage
  • ACC vs. Big 12 Refs
  • Mark and Tepper talk more about how TCU & Baylor “are the same” - ready your emails and pitchforks
  • The Art Briles heel turn
  • International soccer… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Television’s Greg Tepper
  • The Big 4 of the Big 12
  • GP’s end-of-game handshake with Dana Hologram

There’s a lot packed into this episode, folks. I hope you enjoy it.

Direct download: 84_-_OurDailyPodcast__Tepper_Strikes_Back.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 4:41am PDT

This was probably the most difficult time I've ever had coming up with a podcast title. Simply put, we are devastated for Seth Russell. Our prayers are with you, Seth, and we hope for a quick and complete recovery. 

Direct download: 83_-_OurDailyPodcast_-_We_Love_Seth_Russell.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 5:42am PDT

Well, we’ve got some weather headed our way this weekend. The Cyclones! Iowa State is coming to town. Oh yeah, there’s also some really wild weather patterns that have done some stuff to our university’s plans for Homecoming. For the first time since 1936, Baylor has had to cancel many Homecoming festivities like the bonfire, the parade, and more. But don’t you worry! Pigskin is still a go. Also, the game. They’re playing this game, regardless of how much it’s raining. Get your ponchos ready!

The Podcast will not be impacted by weather! sorta.

  • Mark’s trip has been canceled due to Hurricane Patricia (which may or may not be the cause of the rain in Waco? We’ll call it a contributing factor). Sorry, all you aspiring ODB account tweeters.
  • There’s some rain headed our way, and it’s sogging up plans for Homecoming. A bummer, but the game must go on!
  • Canceling the bonfire and the parade makes us sad. It makes my wife and I sad because a 1 & 3 year old girls in their little cheerleader outfits at the Homecoming parade is SUPER ADORABLE.
  • This is the first Homecoming Parade since 1936 to be canceled. I’m pretty sure I said 1937 on the podcast.
  • Impact of the rain on the game: Will there or won’t there be?
  • Oh yeah: COMMENTARIAT PARTICIPATION ALERT (see details below)
  • Previewing the game and how it might play out
  • Your questions!
  • Picks of the week!

That’s what we’re talking about for the most part folks! Woohoo.

Direct download: 82_-_OurDailyPodcast__Hurricane_Homecoming.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 4:30am PDT

Mark and Peter are talking about whether the Michigan loss vs. Michigan State was worse than 1999 UNLV, recapping the Baylor vs. West Virginia game a bit, plus giving midseason grades on how the team has done thus far.

Direct download: 81_-_OurDailyPodcast__Now_Were_Here.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 4:38am PDT

Mark and Peter did a live podcast on 10/14, taking reader questions, discussing the dominating performance against Kansas, and previewing the West Virginia football game! Come enjoy the show, and as always, tell your friends!

Direct download: 80_-_OurDailyPodcast__The_McGowancast_Previewing_WVU_Live-ish.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 5:43am PDT

The Baylor Bears football team faces the Kansas Jayhawks this weekend, and quite frankly it doesn't provide the sexiest of match ups to preview. We're talking about MORE stuff than just that though!

  • Ian McCaw Unblocked ODB on Twitter!
  • TCU fans vandalized the RGIII statue!
  • Jason Kirk wrote a hilarious, depressing, and true post!
  • We look at Kansas!
  • More than just those things!

Hope everyone enjoys the podcast!

Direct download: 79_-_OurDailyPodcast__The_Smorgasboard.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 9:04pm PDT

Well that was a good amount of fun, wasn’t it? After a day’s delay, Mark and I take to the airwaves once again to recap the Texas Tech game and all the wild events occurring in the Big 12 this past weekend. The Bears soundly defeated Texas Tech on Saturday in a win that has many of the pundits naming Baylor their new #1 team in the country. This is a reality that is, of course, terrifying for many Baylor fans (guys, it’s going to be okay). But we’re not talking about that so much! What exactly are we talking about? I’m glad you asked!

What we’re talking about

  • Taking the foot off the gas
  • Some quality defensive play that we’re happy with
  • Offensive efficiency
  • Corey Coleman: Is he the best WR in Baylor history?
  • Shock Linwood’s spectacular game
  • There’s more stuff in there
  • I can’t remember off the top of my head
  • Oh yeah!
  • Recapping the Big 12
  • Iowa State 38, Kansas 13
  • Oklahoma State 36, K-State 34
  • The Great Big 12 Officiating Debacle of October 3, 2015*
  • Oklahoma 44, West Virginia 24
  • TCU 50, Texas 7
  • A teensy bit about S&P+, but possibly more to come

*Last week we got called out in the comments to the podcast because we were apparently “whining” about the officiating without acknowledging that it’s a difficult job. We fully recognize that officiating is a thankless and incredibly difficult job. But, like any job, there can be excellence or incompetence performing it. While even the best and most prepared refs can miss calls here and there, what the Big 12 is dealing with is beyond the occasional missed call at this point.

Fun weekend! Even though we recorded on Monday night, we’re still planning on recording the Kansas preview on Wednesday night. Get your questions in now, folks. I’m sure there will be an incredible number of them.

Direct download: 78_-_OurDailyPodcast__The_Bears_and_the_Blackbird.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 4:36am PDT

What a week! We’ve got a TON to talk about on this week’s podcast, the final “combined” episode where we’ll both look back at what happened last week and look ahead to what’s coming on Saturday. Rejoice! More podcasts to come! Let’s get to it, shall we?

We’re leading off the show with an announcement. I’m teasing it here because we jump into it immediately.

What Else We’re Talking About

  • The Great Alan Eck Conspiracy of 2015. We’ve cracked it, folks.
  • The Rice game, one of the most impressive performances we’ve seen from Baylor Bears football in quite some time
  • Best performances of the day which weren’t Corey Coleman (because, c’mon): Taylor Young, Travon Blanchard, Shock Linwood, Shawn Oakman*
  • The Oakman sack/holding sequence: Go watch it
  • A bit about the TCU/Texas Tech game - but not a ton
  • Short, short look at WVU - they’re interesting, but they haven’t played on the road yet (and their road slate is brutal)
  • Previewing Texas Tech vs. Baylor
  • The Cloak & Dagger Injury Game with Kliff Kingsbury and Pat Mahomes
  • Differences between Mahomes and Davis Webb
  • An improved Tech rushing attack
  • Reduction in the typical Tech Achilles heels (can there be multiple Achilles heels? Whatever, they had them but they don’t this year)
  • Explanation of tackling issues from the early portions of the season
  • Art Briles gives us a fantastic quote. Just fantastic.
  • Picks of the Weeeeeeeeeek

Enjoy!

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Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 7:02am PDT

Thursday means podcast! Mark and I are back in business after a week off due to schedule conflicts and sheer exhaustion. With essentially two weeks worth of news there’s a lot to discuss, but we manage to get through it all and have a good bit of fun doing it. And oh yeah, it’s GAME WEEK again! We’re talking Bears vs. Owls and getting ready for that. Plus, Mark put out a call for questions and got some good ones worthy of discussion, so we’re getting to that.

Here’s what we’re talking about

  • Secret Service Call Signs!
  • Player dismissals!
  • Sidelinegate!
  • The next Friday news dump!
  • On losing and regaining edges!
  • Gary Patterson says silly things!
  • You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers!

We’re also getting into the Rice game and the things that we’re looking forward to. We’re both excited for this game because it presents opportunities for improvement and breakout performances. Mark’s keen to see what the defense has cooked up for Saturday and how they respond after a couple of difficult first halves to games thus far. I’m all about that Seth Russell and what we can see from him.


Mark and Peter take to the airwaves once again to discuss Baylor Football, the Bears' performance against SMU, and a quick look ahead at what's to come against Lamar.

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Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 5:33am PDT

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. Today marks the beginning of the FBS football season. The longest offseason in memory is finally over. Football is here, and at the time I write this, the Baylor Bears are just under 36 hours away from taking the field in their first game of the season. If there isn’t a twinkle in your eye and a spring in your step today, then I don’t know what I can do to help you. How about a podcast?

Our tradition has been to have Brian Ethridge join us for the annual season predictions show (tradition in that it happened in two out of two years prior to this one), but Brian was otherwise unavailable. Colt Barber, also of Bears Truth and 247 Sports, graciously agreed to join us and I’m thrilled he did. He was an excellent guest! In a surprise move, Prashanth Francis was also able to hop on and join us for the predictions show! I’m thrilled that he was, because a season predictions show wouldn’t be the same without him.

Given the constricted timeline to get this show out before the SMU game, we altered our normal multi-person recording, so I apologize for any loss of audio quality.

Season Predictions!

We’re talking our season predictions in this show. How do the Bears fare? Do they win the Big 12? Do they go to the playoff? Do I predict losses or do I revert to my tried-and-almost-true optimism? Does Prashanth finally predict that we make it to a bowl game? Find out by listening!

We also hit some other predictions and tackle some of the ones you listeners gave us. Thank you for those! If we didn’t get to yours, I apologize. We ran about an hour and a half on this one, and in the end Mark’s battery died right at the end.

A Thank You

Thank you all for listening to the podcast. If you enjoy the show, we’d love to interact with you throughout the season! Ask questions on Twitter, send us an email to either the main ODB email address or OurDailyPodcast (at) gmail (dot) com, or you can use the podcast voicemail line at (774) 257–4236. Also, leave us a 5-star review on iTunes and we’ll give you a shout-out on the podcast.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, if you like the work we’re doing, tell a friend! Help us grow the listenership of the show and bring in new listeners. It would be much appreciated!

Direct download: 74_-_OurDailyPodcast__Season_Predictions_with_Cold_Barber.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 4:44am PDT

Here it is, folks! A podcast! We’re finally talking about the defense this week, after a couple of weeks of delays and postponements. Given the events of the past couple of weeks, we felt it best to postpone recording at the time, and then life happened.

We take the first few minutes to discuss the conviction of Sam Ukwuachu and the brouhaha that immediately ensued. Don’t worry, we don’t spend long on it but given the fact that we were set to record this defense preview podcast the night of the conviction, it wouldn’t do to not discuss it in the slightest. At the time, we felt that it would be incredibly tone deaf to record a podcast previewing the defense, and I think that was the right call. Then, last week just got away from us. We tried to lay down some audio and again decided that everything was too fresh to record. BUT, we’re back and we’re ready to talk defense!

Before we get into it, we HAD to spend a couple minutes discussing the superb “appetizer” we had last weekend in North Dakota State vs. Montana. If you didn’t catch this game on Saturday, you missed a wildly entertaining football game full of twists, turns, offense, and healthy doses of both Brent Musbergerisms AND Jesse Palmerisms (hey guys how’s your cardio). A good time was had.

Now Let’s Talk Some Defense!

We’re starting off with the big question. Everyone wants to talk about the corners and safeties, but we’re looking at the issue in a more holistic manner, examining the question of pass defense as a whole. A successful pass defense combines more than just corners and safeties turning their head to the ball. It involves a concerted effort to pressure the quarterback by both the defensive line and linebackers, PLUS the coverage aspects that we’ve talked about ad nauseam this offseason.

Here’s what else we’re talking about:

  • 9 Starters Returning
  • Replacing Colin Brence and Bryce Hager
  • Grant Campbell being the “quarterback” of the defense
  • Congratulations to Mark on the arrival of his third child! (aside)
  • Babysitting qualities of Shawn Oakman
  • Defensive Line… Best in the Big 12? Best in the country??
  • Creating pressure with the front line versus specific blitzes
  • Taylor Young and his growth
  • Position Battles
  • Breaking down the Safeties and a terminology question that I had
  • Cornerbacks - all 79 of them (not really, but almost)
  • Impact of Coach Cris Dishman on the entire secondary
  • Your questions! Schemes and other fun stuff

Scheduling Note

We are still planning on doing another podcast this week. We’re most likely going to record on Wednesday night and I’ll do my best to get it out as fast as possible on Thursday morning. Instead of being a deep preview of the SMU matchup, we’re going to do our annual Predictions Show, so I’ll be putting out a call on Twitter and probably in the DBR for things you want to hear predictions about. No word as of yet who guests will be, if any. Stay tuned.


Mark rejoins Peter on the podcast and we're resuming our normal preseason activities this week with the offensive preview! We're looking at all things offense this week and taclking some of the hardest questions facing this talented bunch.

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Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 4:24am PDT

ODB Contributors lord.hinton, KimboSmash, and McBeezy join Peter for a roundtable about student life in the most successful stretch of Baylor football ever. It's an exciting time to be a student, and we're talking all about it in this episode!

Direct download: 71_-_OurDailyPodcast__The_Current_Student_Roundtable.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 5:32am PDT

We're still not sure how Carter got credentialed for Big 12 Media Days, but there he was, on our television sets, asking Art Briles a question for all the world to see. He joins Peter to recount the experience and talk about what he saw and heard.

Direct download: 70_-_OurDailyPodcast__Carter_and_the_Great_Media_Day_Adventure.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 2:15pm PDT

Peter and Mark present the second half of their interview with Greg Tepper, the Managing Editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football.

Direct download: 69b_-_OurDailyPodcast__Tepper_Hates_Everybody.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 11:36am PDT

Mark and Peter are joined by the Managing Editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football, Greg Tepper. The recording was so much fun that we went kinda long, so this is Part I of two episodes featuring Tepper. Enjoy!

Direct download: 69a_-_OurDailyPodcast__Greg_Tepper_Doesnt_Hate_Baylor.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 2:19pm PDT

We're breaking down Friday Night Lights, the Baylor Football spring game in this episode! Here are some of the topics:

  • QB situation: Who's the starter? Who's going to be the #2?
  • WRs: The Four Horsemen Ascendant
  • Defensive Line: How it's shaping up in Oakman's absence
  • Secondary: Are we improving?
  • Much, much more!
Direct download: 68_-_OurDailyPodcast__Spring_Game_Recap.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 7:09am PDT

It's been about three weeks since we last brought you a podcast. Of course, we'd just come off a monstrous win at Morgantown, then dropped two straight to Kansas and Oklahoma State. Naturally, the podcast was blamed for this outcome. BUT, then the Bears ripped off four straight wins before dropping Monday's game against Texas. You can't blame us for that one. But, this is our solemn vow to you: If we lose on Friday night, we will never, ever do another basketball podcast.

Here's what we're talking about

Recap of the past few weeks

The historic win in Ames

Another dominating performance against West Virginia

A bit about Texas and that throwdown.

Looking forward to Texas Tech, the rest of the weekend, and what those games mean for the Big 12 Tournament seeding.

Direct download: 67_-_OurDailyPodcast__Looking_Back_Looking_Ahead.mp3
Category:Baylor Basketball -- posted at: 4:49am PDT

We're back with another episode! Fankhauser rejoins us this week in the wake of National Signing Day and one of the most dominant road wins of the Scott Drew era. Fank's going to be a regular fixture on the podcast for the remainder of basketball season, and we're thrilled to have him

Aftermath of National Signing Day

We're talking about the aftermath of National Signing Day, recognizing just how absurd the "event" has gotten, fully realizing that we are part of the problem, but that there's nothing much to be done about it. Plus, Mike Gundy threw gas on the whole don't-tweet-at-recruits fire last week when he said the following:

This year, people are back to flipping. There were a lot of guys changing their minds and changing schools. I think the reason for that is because of the internet...I think the fans play a role in that, because they can contact the recruits. I think they’re a huge impact in recruiting now, whether we as coaches (believe that or not). These fans who are contacting these players can affect the way they think. You never know why kids do what they do, but I’m convinced, in some of the ones we were involved in this year, they were affected be people who contacted them on their Twitter account.

(hit that link for the full quote) Yeahhhhh... Probably not the best way to shut that down. Every fan base thinks that theirs is the only team that does things right and everyone else cheats or is the shadiest team ever.

We talk about it briefly, but I must say that for the most part, I was pleased with how the majority of Baylor fans handled themselves this recruiting cycle, most significantly with Chad President in the wake of Jarrett Stidham committing and his moving to Tulsa. Baylor fans were largely supportive, and the combination of Coach Phil Montgomery and President at Tulsa means the Golden Hurricane won quite a few new fans in Baylor supporters.

Next we're talking about the coaching carousel and its relationship to National Signing Day. This is an interesting point Mark brings up that is fascinating and I won't spoil it, but it's an interesting problem, and we think that there's a fairly easy solution that won't ever happen. Give it a listen. I will say this... A global Bobby Petrino clause is something sorely needed.

Basketball Time!

The past few weeks have completely altered the expectations and outlook of this team. While the Bears have been incredible at home (Fank points out that a one-point loss to Kansas at home is all that is between us and an 18-game winning streak at home), they've struggled on the road until the past couple of weeks, culminating with Saturday's dominant win over West Virginia in Morgantown. Baylor was able to get past the Mountaineer full court press, controlling the game and preventing West Virginia from ever closing the lead to less than 14 points. Every time the Mountaineers looked like they might make a run and make the game tighter, the Bears were able to answer and rebuild the lead.

Part of what has been so impressive about this season has been the defense. Scott Drew teams have always been knocked for their lack of defense, but it seems like this squad's foundation is the defense, and the offense is only really starting to mature at this stage of the season. That's gone a good bit of distance to silencing the Scott Drew critics. Plus, this latest win is another testament to his coaching, since the only way you beat a full-game full court press like the one WVU employs is through superior coaching. It's been most impressive. Since the run last spring, the Drew detractors are becoming quieter and quieter. We here at ODB are enormous supporters of Scott Drew and hope he stays as long as he can. It is known.

What's more, this team seems to be gelling as a squad and truly operating as a team, not relying on one star for the majority of its buckets. There isn't a player that we look at and say "As Player X goes, so goes the team." That is very exciting to watch. We do talk about the development of Taurean Prince as well as the absolutely dominant season Rico Gathers is putting up on the boards. My favorite stat: Gathers has 287 rebounds in 29.1 minutes/game, coming out to 17.1 rebounds per 40 minutes. That's a pretty decent clip.

Tonight the Bears play Oklahoma State at the Ferrell. GO. GO TO THIS GAME. Thanks. That is all.

Almost. Mark has a special message towards the end.

Direct download: 66_-_OurDailyPodcast__Scott_Drew_Is_Going_To_Live_Forever.mp3
Category:Baylor Basketball -- posted at: 8:04am PDT

First things first: Lewis Franklin (brolewis here and on Twitter) and I laid this audio down in the wake of the Texas game nearly two weeks ago. I apologize for that. I was intending to try and edit it while out on vacation, but I underestimated the amount of time and energy I'd have while being active all day and then tending to two children under the age of 4 afterwards. Right after getting home last weekend I was waylaid by illness, so I didn't get to finish editing until today. I'm sorry about that.

At any rate, Lewis was kind enough to join me on the podcast to talk a little bit about the Baylor Women's basketball team, their recent successes, the expectations of this team both heading into the season and where they stand right now. Despite losing two of the most prolific players in the game in consecutive seasons, the women currently sit atop the Big 12 with an 18-1 record and are the #3 ranked team in the nation by both polls.

A huge thanks to Brother Lewis for doing this, our very first podcast dedicated to Women's Basketball! I'm thinking we'll probably do another one as the NCAA tournament approaches, so be on the lookout for that!

Feedback Appreciated!

With football offseason in full swing, we'll most likely be ramping up some Basketball podcasts in the coming weeks to get you ready for the end of the Big 12 season, the Big 12 Tournament, and the NCAA tournament. Like I said, we'll probably do another podcast dedicated to the women also. National Signing Day is this week, so I imagine that Mark, Prashanth and I will break that down at some point. Spring football will provide some topics, but if there's anything Baylor-related that you'd like to see on the podcast, I'd greatly appreciate your suggestions. The offseason is dark and full of terrors, but we're striving to get you through it and keep your ears entertained throughout. If you have suggestions, please leave them in the comments, tweet them to me, or leave me feedback at OurDailyPodcast(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks folks!

Direct download: 65_-_OurDailyPodcast__The_Crackpots__These_Women.mp3
Category:Baylor Basketball -- posted at: 6:04am PDT

Well, we're back. It didn't quite take us a month to get back to podcasting after the Cotton Bowl, thank goodness. Truthfully, schedule conflicts ended up being the issue more than the "hangover" from the Cotton Bowl. But we're back now, and we're ready to bring some joy back to your ear holes.

Cotton Bowl Aftermath

Before you turn off the podcast, were NOT doing a full recap of the game. We're not going to be Debbie Downers. We're actually talking about some of our favorite moments. You shouldn't be afraid to listen to this part. If the loss still stings, take a listen. We're surprisingly upbeat about what happened in the game. Kendal Briles is going to be a great OC and fantastic play caller. K.D. Cannon had an otherworldly game against a fantastic defensive back. Jay Lee throwing a fantastic WR pass for a touchdown. Bryce Petty having an absolute gem of a game and setting a Cotton Bowl Record. There was plenty of really fun stuff that happened in that game, despite the outcome, and it's worth celebrating. This is out of order, but it's so good that it has to go last in this paragraph, and two words will sum it up. LaQuan McGowan. That is all.

Plus, the aftermath hasn't produced the narratives about how far off we are that we expected after that loss. That's very good news, and should be cause for optimism. There hasn't been a Preseason poll released where Baylor's not at least Top 7 at this point. While most consider the "way-too-early" preseason polls as meaningless (and for what to expect from a team, they generally are), they do tell you how your program is viewed, and Baylor is rising in the estimation of most folks. That's very exciting.

Cris Dishman Hire & Coaching Changes

We're also talking about the hire of Cris Dishman as the Safeties Coach who will replace Brian Norwood. We're all very excited about the hire... He's got NFL chops, which is something new for our defensive staff,  and we're all looking forward to seeing what he can do. If you haven't been paying attention the past few days, it appears that they're already putting him out on the recruiting trail and is making an immediate impact in that arena. It's very exciting to see.

We also talk a bit about Kendal Briles' move to OC and play caller, and the fact that we were so wrong about trick plays in the Cotton Bowl. We're happy to be wrong there, because that was fun.

Aside: Thank God that Chris Callahan is still alive.

Recruiting Updates

We're in the home stretch of the 2015 Recruiting Class Season with National Signing Day, so we're looking into what's left to pursue, plus we're looking at some of recruits that have committed to Baylor in the past couple of weeks. Buckle up, folks, it's going to be a very wild ride. Specifically, we're spending some time on Eric Ogor, his ability, and why it appears that he's been lightly recruited. If he adapts to the collegiate level, the Bears could have a real gem there. And he's got one of the best names in recent memory.

Yeah, we go back into the 3-star vs. 4/5-star debate.

There's more talk here, and Pras asks the most speculative question you've ever heard on the podcast.

Zomg Basketball

We sorta trip over ourselves into some basketball talk. I will say this. We. Love. Scott Drew. There's more basketball coming on the podcast! Very exciting!

Direct download: 64_-_OurDailyPodcast__Cotton_Bowl_Coaching__Cruitin.mp3
Category:Baylor Football -- posted at: 8:35am PDT

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