Sports news, Summer 2012

By Jeff Brown, BA '00, and Kim Mulkey
In the last 12 months, Baylor won two national titles and a Heisman Trophy while setting NCAA records for combined wins and reaching the postseason in all 19 sports. We look back at Añodeloso -- the year of the bear.

By Kim Mulkey
On April 3, head coach Kim Mulkey's Lady Bears defeated Notre Dame to win the 2012 NCAA championship. The next day, about 5,000 Lady Bear fans welcomed the team home with a celebration at the Ferrell Center; here's what Mulkey had to say to those gathered.

For the second time in three seasons, head coach Scott Drew's Baylor men's basketball squad reached the Elite Eight before falling to eventual national champion Kentucky.

Two narrow losses to Arkansas in the NCAA Super Regional kept Baylor baseball from returning to Omaha and the College World Series, but a look back at the 2012 season shows that the year deserves to be remembered among the best in program history.

Less than two weeks after the Lady Bears won the 2012 women's basketball NCAA title, Baylor equestrian's hunter seat squad, led by head coach Ellen White, brought home another national championship. Though complicated to the casual observer, equestrian actually has a lot in common with other sports. Given the Baylor team's success this spring, this seemed like a good time to share six things you should know about Baylor Equestrian.

The Year of the Bear carried over into the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball drafts this spring, as a school-record 14 Bears were picked across the three leagues, including three first-round picks.

For the first time in school history, all 19 of Baylor's varsity sports reached the postseason in 2011-12. Baylor became just the third team in the history of the Big 12 Conference to accomplish the feat, joining Texas (2002-03) and Texas A&M (2009-10).

A lifetime Baylor Bear, Mickey Sullivan, BS '55, passed away March 22 at age 80 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Three significant gifts received between March and May continued strong momentum toward the building of a new Baylor football stadium on the banks of the Brazos River, a move that would return the sport to the Baylor campus for the first time since 1936.