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UB's Baylor Connection

By Bob DiCesare

The emergence of the Baylor football program in recent years hits home with UB secondary coach Maurice Linguist, an all-conference safety with the Bears before graduating in 2006. Baylor was an afterthought in the Big 12 until the arrival of quarterback sensation Robert Griffin III. Now the Bears have gone to bowl games each of the last three years, saw RGIII win the Heisman and have a new $250 million home in Baylor Stadium set to open next season.

"The Baylor family down there is committed to trying to build that program up, the same thing we're trying to get done here in terms of financial support," Linguist said. "They got a big project with the stadium going up and I think they got some big donations going on with that and obviously the football team winning a lot of games has helped. Coach Briles has done a great job bringing that program up to a premier national program.

"It all starts with us, it all starts with wins, and it starts with people on the outside just really being committed the way guys on the inside are committed as well."

Linguist said it's been a couple of years since he paid a visit to his alma mater.

"It's always good to get back whenever you get a chance but Buffalo's home right now and we're trying to get this thing done and go win some games."


College football | Mid-American Conference | University at Buffalo
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Bob Dicesare

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Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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