Team preview: Baylor

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(All information as of June 20, 2008)

For Baylor, life in the Big 12 has meant a seemingly never-ending cycle of guarded hope and unavoidable despair, one after the other, time and time again.

Now the Bears are in another hope era of that time-space continuum. They've got a new coach, a guy who's shown he can revive a program, a guy who knows the state, a guy who can finally lift the Bears back into a winning season or a bowl game if not an actual run at the South Division title.

Stop us if you've heard this before.

Art Briles is the newest green and gold-anointed savior, following Guy Morriss, who followed Kevin Steele, who followed Dave Roberts, who followed Chuck Reedy -- all luckless souls who mostly had one thing in common -- aside from Morriss in 2005, they never finished outside of the basement in the Big 12 South.

Morriss took the program the next step -- three Big 12 wins in '05, four in '06. Now it's Briles' job to build on that, and even though the Bears took a step backward with last year's 3-9 finish, he's not touting any long-term timetable.

The future, for Art Briles, is now. If not sooner.