Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on March 20, 2019 at 11:14 pm Contact Anthony: email@example.com After three years of teetering on the NCAA Tournament bubble, Syracuse safely qualified for the field of 68 in Sunday night’s selection show. The Orange (20-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) are a No. 8 seed, squarely in the middle of the field, and will take on No. 9 seed Baylor (19-13, 10-8 Big 12) in the opening round Thursday night in Salt Lake City.With the NCAA Tournament back, it’s time for more fun facts.Here are 10 fun facts you need to know about Baylor before the Bears battle SU.1. Baylor has been around for a whileBaylor was established by the Republic of Texas in 1845, in Independence, Texas. Texas was not officially established as a U.S. state until later that year in December. The school, now in Waco, is the oldest running school in the Lone Star State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. Baylor’s own “Fixer Upper”Chip and Joanna Gaines, co-stars of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” are Baylor alumni. While in college, Chip teamed up with his friends to open a laundry service called “Baylor Wash N’ Fold,” that did students’ laundry for them while in school. He built up the business after writing down the original plan on a napkin. He and Joanna flipped homes on television until 2018.3. Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Baylor has a small zoo on its campus that houses both of its mascots, Lady and Joy. The Bear became the mascot in 1914, and bears have been housed on campus since. Joy and Lady are biological sisters and arrived on campus in 2001 and 2002, respectively.4. The Baylor LineHundreds of students wearing gold race across the field at Baylor before every home football game. “The Baylor Line” tradition began in 1970 and has carried on since. Almost every freshman and transfer student leads the charge onto the field, eventually settling into their reserved seats directly behind the visitors’ bench.5. If you can’t beat them, make sure they join youBaylor’s leading scorer, Makai Mason, hasn’t been at Baylor for long. He’s a graduate transfer this season from Yale after having played three seasons for the Bulldogs. During Mason’s sophomore season in 2016, Yale met Baylor in the opening round. Mason led all scorers with 31 points in the upset win over the Bears. Now, he’ll suit up for Baylor in the NCAA Tournament.6. More than men’s basketballThe Baylor women’s basketball team finished the regular season No. 1 in the AP Top 25. They are 31-1 and the No. 1 overall seed in the women’s NCAA Tournament. The Lady Bears won the National Championship in 2011-12, and they have qualified for the Elite Eight in six of the past eight seasons.7. Dr. Pepper HourBaylor students celebrate “Dr. Pepper Hour” each Tuesday with free Dr. Pepper floats. It began as Coffee Hour in 1953, then switched to Coke Hour when the official soft drink of the school used to be Coke. As they switched to Dr. Pepper in 1997, so did the celebration.8. Christian rootsBaylor is the largest, private Baptist university in the world. At 1,000 acres and 17,217 students, the school has a Department of Religion, and Baylor’s website says, “The oldest tradition in American higher education and at Baylor University is Chapel.”9. Gold and GreenIn 1887, Baylor needed colors. One of the members of the student committee in charge of choosing the colors looked out the window at the spring dandelions and said that the green and gold would make good colors. The other members of the committee agreed, and those colors have remained at Baylor since.10. Scott Drew’s not-so-lengthy basketball careerBaylor head coach Scott Drew quit his high school JV team to focus on tennis. Basketball may not have been for him on the court, but his brother Bryce starred at Valparaiso, and later went on to coach at Valpo and now at Vanderbilt. Scott has been the coach at Baylor since 2003, leading the Bears to eight NCAA Tournament appearances.
A federal appeals court decided last Friday to reconsider claims that prosecutors in Florida violated the rights of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex abuse victims by not informing them about a secret plea deal.The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in Atlanta, vacated a previous panel’s 2-1 decision last April that had rejected an effort to reverse an agreement federal prosecutors made with Epstein in 2008.According to The Miami Herald, it was discovered that former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who resigned from his position last July, cut a deal with Epstein that kept him out of prison when Acosta was a federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Florida.Despite its ruling in April, the three-judge panel had called the South Florida prosecutors’ deal with Epstein “beyond scandalous” and a “national disgrace.”The three judges had rejected Courtney Wild’s petition to convince federal prosecutors in South Florida to charge Epstein on the grounds that the federal officials violated Wild’s and other victims’ rights when they cut a secret deal with him behind their backs. Instead, prosecutors allowed Epstein to plead guilty to solicitation charges in state court in Palm Beach County.“I had confidence this day would come,” Wild said in a statement through her lawyers. “We have fought for 12 years, and as I’ve said before, no matter how many obstacles pile up, we will never give up fighting for what is right.”Her lawyers are vowing to get Epstein’s “secret” plea deal with South Florida prosecutors thrown out.“This is an important ruling for crime victims, not just for Epstein’s victims but all victims of federal crimes,” Wild’s lawyers, Paul Cassell and Brad Edwards, said. “We look forward to arguing before the full Eleventh Circuit that [the] ‘secret’ plea deal violates the Crime Victims’ Rights Act and that this particular deal should be rescinded.”The three-judge appellate panel had previously ruled that since prosecutors never brought charges against Epstein in the federal court in South Florida, his victims were not legally allowed to seek relief under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act.“Despite our sympathy for Ms. Wild and others like her, who suffered unspeakable horror at Epstein’s hands, only to be left in the dark — and, so it seems, affirmatively misled — by government lawyers, we find ourselves constrained to deny her petition,” Judge Kevin Newsom wrote in the majority opinion, joined by Judge Gerald Tjoflat.The panel’s decision was then appealed to the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals because of a sharply critical dissent by the third panelist, Judge Frank Hull. “The majority concludes that our court is constrained to leave the victims ‘empty handed,’ and it is up to Congress to ‘amend the [CVRA] to make its intent clear,’ ‘’ Hull wrote. “Not true. The empty result here is only because our court refuses to enforce a federal statute as Congress wrote it. The CVRA is not as impotent as the majority now rewrites it to be.“Given the undisputed facts that the U.S. Attorney’s Office [in Miami] completed its investigation, drafted a 53-page indictment, and negotiated for days with Epstein’s defense team, the office egregiously violated federal law and the victims’ rights by not conferring one minute with them [or their counsel] before striking the final [non-prosecution agreement] deal granting federal immunity to Epstein and his co-conspirators,” Hull concluded.Wild’s petition, which was filed last October, challenged U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra’s decision that she and others were not eligible for any major relief, even though he actually concluded that federal prosecutors violated the rights of Epstein’s victims by not informing them about his non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami.She and another plaintiff, known as Jane Doe 2, wanted Marra to restore the originally planned federal sex-trafficking charges against Epstein, but he refused.Marra said he did not have the authority to order federal prosecutors in South Florida to move forward with charges, even before Epstein’s death.In his September ruling, Marra left open the possibility that certain requests from the victims could be fulfilled.For example, they sought to meet with prosecutors about why the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Florida did not seek a sex trafficking indictment against Epstein 2008, and why the case status was kept secret from them.Epstein was found dead in his New York prison cell last August, as he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
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