Baylor plans ceremonial running of Baylor Line for female students never able to

Baylor football is giving a group of the Baylor family the chance to participate in a cherished school tradition which many never could as students.

According to a university announcement, all Baylor alumnae, along with all women who attended the university at any point from 1970 to 1994, can participate in a ceremonial running of the Baylor Line prior to the Bears’ game against Texas on Oct. 28.

It will be the first time ever that many of the participants have ran in the staple-tradition of Baylor football, as female students were barred from participating in the Baylor Line during its first 24 seasons of existence.

A divided history

The Baylor Line – the tradition of Baylor students running across the field before kickoff and welcoming the Baylor football team to the field – was a male-only organization for nearly a quarter-century after it was founded in 1970.

A female “Baylor Sidelines” was present on campus as a companion organization, but unlike the Baylor Line, members didn’t wear jerseys or have the chance to run across the field to greet the team before games.

It wasn’t until 1994 that the two groups merged – ultimately allowing female students to run across the field for the first time in school history.

23 years after merging, women who attended the university during the “Baylor Sidelines” era will now finally have their chance to participate in the instantly-recognizable pregame tradition.

The kickoff time for Baylor-Texas game has yet to be announced. Regardless, it will be a dream come true for those participating after being excluded from the Baylor Line at now-defunct Floyd Casey Stadium so many years ago.

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