Baylor has come a long way from being the laughing-stock of the Big 12. The rise of the program in recent years has changed the way the football program in Waco is viewed, and if head coach Art Briles has his way this will not be a short-term success story. Coming off the first Big 12 championship in school history, the Baylor football program was featured on the cover of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football summer edition. It is the first time Baylor has been featured on the cover of the popular Texas amateur football magazine since before the nation celebrated the bicentennial. The cover of the summer edition features Briles, quarterback Bryce Petty and wide receiver Antwan Goodley.
— Baylor Football (@BUFootball) June 6, 2014
That is not quite 100 percent accurate though. Petty appeared on the cover of the winter edition last season, and Robert Griffin III appeared on the cover during his Heisman Trophy season not that long ago. The point here is appearing on the summer edition is truly special. Appearing on the cover of the magazine is a special honor and recognition of where the program stands in the college football world inside Texas heading into the 2014 season. Baylor is coming off a Big 12 championship. The Bears have a quarterback worthy of being included in the Heisman Trophy conversation. The university is in the midst of constructing a brand new football stadium, which is featured prominently in the cover and inside the magazine. Baylor was also to hold onto Briles as the head coach in a year that saw a coaching change at Texas. As you can see in the image of the cover, the new head coach at Texas, Charlie Strong, makes a cameo n the cover in the upper righthand corner.
4) Art Briles was absolutely over the moon about being on the cover. Said he’d rather be on DCTF than Sports Illustrated. — Greg Tepper (@Tepper) June 6, 2014
Bumping Texas into a sidenote is rather significant for Baylor, and Briles has every reason to be proud of that and flaunt a championship belt in the process.