1970 - 71  Bears
(Authentic Reproduction)



Despite the optimism of the head coach 1970 started with an absence of the dark green “BU” decals on the sides of the helmet and ended with a 2-9 record. The 1970 and ’71 versions of the Baylor helmet were the same as that introduced in 1969, a white helmet shell that was adorned with a Green Bay Gold one-inch center stripe flanked by three-quarter-inch dark “Baylor green” stripes. It was expected that the 100th Anniversary of College Football decal worn in '69 would be removed for 1970, but fans were perhaps a bit surprised to see that the dark “Baylor green” interlocking “BU” logo on each side of the shell was also absent when the season began. For the September 11 game vs. Missouri, the September 19 game against Army, the September 26 contest versus Pittsburgh, and the October 3rd match against Louisiana State, the interlocking BU logo was not present on the sides of the helmet and was reintroduced for the October 10th game against Arkansas in Little Rock. It remained on the shell for the remainder of 1970 season. QB Si Southall, following in the footsteps of his brother Terry who had led Baylor a few seasons before, ran the ship but could muster no better than a thirty-five percent completion average. The leading rusher was Matthew Williams with 711 yards and Baylor’s offense was the worst in the Southwest Conference despite the All SWC work of tackle Ron Evans. Punter Ed Marsh was again outstanding and named to the All Conference team as was LB David Jones.  DE Roger Goree joined his childhood friend Phil Beall, the coach’s son who did well at safety. Coach Beall loaded the squad with junior college transfers to no avail.  1971’s 1-9 record with a 10-0 victory over Indiana as the sole win left Beall with a three year tally of three victories and even at Baylor, this was not going to be acceptable. The 5’11”, 202 pound Goree, once again an All Conference choice, was often the best defender on the field no matter who the opponent was. LB Ed Taylor, a lightweight like Goree, played as if he was many pounds of muscle heavier and the coach’s son Phil again was steady. QB Si Southall ran the offense, one that was shut out in four games, with support from tackle Evans. It was obvious long before the season ended that Beall would be replaced and the former Rice and LSU assistant was fired at the end of the season.

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