These are new days at Baylor

Grantland's Derek Haas went to Baylor and is a Baylor fan. It's ... well, it's been a rough run in Bear Country for quite some time.

Not anymore.

The Bears' trio of coaches -- Art Briles, Scott Drew and Kim Mulkey -- have finally paired with a trio of players -- Robert Griffin III, Perry Jones III and Brittney Griner -- and ushered in a new era of Baylor athletics.

Haas can finally be proud to be a Baylor fan.

When you turned on ESPN or cracked Sports Illustrated, you would flinch like a battered spouse. Locked in the basement of the Big 12 South, Baylor became the school other teams clamored to schedule for our homecoming. Teams would hang half-a-hundred on us and it would hurt their rankings. We were Boo Radley, except none of the neighborhood kids were scared to run on to our porch. ...

No one told them they had to remain the Big 12’s doormat. No one told them recruits wouldn’t come to Waco, Texas. No one told them Baylor was the perennial punch line to a stale joke.

Or maybe they did. These three just refused to laugh.

Good stuff from a voice inside a fanbase that's riding high entering Saturday's game against Texas. Check out the full story.