Multiple operations couldn’t fix the detached retina and save his vision after a previous injury was aggravated doing a routine dunk before a middle school game.
Taurean Prince scored 15 of his career-high 23 points off the bench when No. 7 Baylor took control before halftime and went on an 88-62 victory over instate rival TCU on Saturday.
No. 9 Iowa State got 30 points from DeAndre Kane and No. 7 Baylor panicked too often against the Cyclones’ aggressive defense in losing for the second time this season, 87-72.
But for all the Bears have done this season, they’re in the same position as Central Florida, in a BCS bowl game for the first time.
Baylor will return more than 5,000 unsold Fiesta Bowl tickets from its 17,500-ticket allotment for next month’s game with Central Florida.
Reese dislocated his wrist when came down awkwardly in the first half against Oklahoma on Nov. 7. He missed the last four games for the Big 12 champion Bears.
It is the final game after 64 seasons at Floyd Casey Stadium, where the Bears are 5-0 against Top 25 teams the past three seasons and have won nine straight games since October 2012.
The Bears move next season to a $260 million stadium being built on the Waco campus, along the Brazos River and busy Interstate 35.
Both remaining regular-season games in the conference’s round-robin schedule have championship implications.
While the 49-17 loss did put a damper on what had been an unblemished record, the Bears (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) can still have their best season ever.
With the competition wide open for the Heisman Trophy, Boston College running back Andre Williams has become a bit of a rising contender.
Baylor arrived at Oklahoma State seeking its first win in Stillwater since 1939 — and a statement win to validate its case as a national championship contender.