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Before Art Briles came to Baylor, the Bears had never recorded a single winning season as a member of the Big 12 Conference.
BU was one of the original Big 12 members, helping to form the league back in 1996, but a train of futility left it as the league's doormat.
Then Briles came in 2008 and the team had that elusive winning season by 2010. From there, Baylor has just continued to rise, including the program's first Heisman Trophy in 2011—won by Robert Griffin III.
Now this year, BU is two wins away from locking down its first Big 12 title. While Baylor's dream season took a hit with its first loss to Oklahoma State last week, it will still be at least the co-Big 12 champion if it wins out.
The Bears remain as the only original Big 12 member without a regular season or postseason Big 12 title. Regardless of how this season plays out, Briles has officially taken Baylor from the Big 12 cellar to the top of the league while also making it a viable destination for top recruits.
Briles is as humble and as likable as coaches come, making it easy to root for the Bears.