May 16, 2006

Bears should have new look in 2006

Baylor coach Guy Morriss didn't wait until spring to do some serious housecleaning. He replaced four assistants, installed a new Texas Tech-type offense, and will mentor the offensive line in 2006. The Bears, who must replace seven starters on defense, pretty much had spots on both sides decided heading into the spring game April 8. Finding continuity will be key for them to rise in the fall. First up: BAYLOR.

BRIEFLY: Morriss will look to the air to rise (hopefully) in the South
5-6, 2-6 in the Big 12 in 2005
This is how close Baylor was to being good: It dropped three games (two in OT) by single digits to formidable Big 12 foes - at Texas A&M, Nebraska and at Oklahoma. Red zone ineffectiveness caused Morriss to replace staff and shift to the pass-happy system he helped master at Kentucky, which is logical with veteran QB Shawn Bell (school-record .599 career completion percentage) and speedy personnel at skill positions.

"It's kind of an organized, holly-golly deal," Morriss said. "The kids really enjoy it."

Whatever that means.

GUY MORRISS: 4th Year 11-23 overall, 4-20 Big 12
(What's the view like from below? Don't ask Morriss. The Bears didn't finish last in the South in 2005. Expect Baylor to score more points this time around, but it'll be a tough climb from 5th to 4th in the standings.)

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