8.27.11 | Football
No. 23 Baker to open season against No. 10 Ottawa
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - No. 23-ranked Baker University, which closed last season with a five-game winning streak, will open 2011 on Saturday against No. 10 Ottawa at Liston Stadium. Kickoff for the Victory Sports Network First Down Classic is set for 7 p.m.
No. 10 Ottawa and No. 23 Baker set for rematch showdown in VSN Classic
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - The phones are ringing off the hooks, the football team is doing two-a-days, and all the sudden, the fall sports season is nearly back in full swing.
Thanks to an NAIA rule, the Baker football team was allowed to report to camp a few days earlier than previous seasons due to the looming showdown with No. 10 Ottawa University on August 27.
So, to bring everyone up-to-date, here are a few reminders as we move forward.
8.8.11 | Football
Wildcats picked third in 2011 HAAC football coaches’ preseason poll
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Baker University football team was picked third in the 2011 Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Preseason Coaches’ Poll, released Monday afternoon at the annual Media Day festivities at Kauffman Stadium.
Baker received 75 out of a possible 100 voting points to finish No. 3 overall. Missouri Valley College (89 points) and MidAmerica Nazarene University (100 points) rounded out the top three teams. The Wildcats edged Benedictine College by a 75-73 margin.
6.9.11 | Football
Grossner adds 19 more student-athletes for 2011 season
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University football team has added 19 more student-athletes to its 2011 recruiting class. The total now stands at 51 for the fall season, the largest incoming class in seven years.
“We have added 19 solid student-athletes to our original signing class of 32 this year,” Grossner said. “This is not only our largest class in seven years, but it also could be our most talented. Time will tell on the latter. We can’t wait to mesh this group of young men with our current roster. We only anticipate four to six senior starters next season. Reps and teaching will be at a premium at certain positions in fall camp.”
4.21.11 | Football
Wildcats ranked No. 23 in 2011 NAIA Football Coaches‘ Spring Top 25 Poll
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second consecutive season, the Baker Wildcat football team will enter the season ranked among the top 25 programs in the country. Baker enters 2011 at No. 23, tied with Benedictine College.
HAAC foes MidAmerica Nazarene and Missouri Valley College enter the season ranked No. 3 and No. 11 respectively. Local rival Ottawa University is ranked No. 10.
“Any time you get recognized nationally as a program, it’s a credit to how the kids finished the job the previous season,” said head coach Mike Grossner. “We are excited about the upcoming season and the chance to play four teams ranked in the top 25. Hopefully our guys embrace the opportunity that lies ahead.”
3.4.11 | Football
Alumni game and spring/fall schedule released
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – As winter comes to an end, Baker football gets back into full swing starting in February and concluding in May with the Senior Awards Alumni Game.
All seniors and alumni are invited to participate in the Eighth Annual Alumni Game, set to be held on May 7th at Liston Stadium.
2.2.11 | Football
Signing Day 2011: Tracking Baker’s newest football class
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Baker University football team proudly announced the signing of 32 student-athletes for the 2011-12-football season.
Nearly all the Wildcats‘ players committed early in the recruiting process, thus allowing the coaching staff to concentrate on the areas where they needed an immediate impact.
1.25.11 | Football
Packers coach McCarthy’s love of coaching began at Baker
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. - Go south at the only traffic light, past the three-way stop and the story is tucked behind the double-doors of the gym on the left side. The head coach of the Green Bay Packers is smiling back at you in an artist’s drawing on a modest plaque on the bottom row, tucked between a swim coach and former basketball star.
The man’s bond with this town of 4,000 reveals itself in conversations with those who lived it. You should’ve been there that night, they’ll tell you, when a few hundred people packed into the Baker University president’s house to induct Mike McCarthy into the school’s Hall of Fame.