MILWAUKEE, WI. -- April 21, 2021 -- On Tuesday, April 13th, the Baylor Bears were presented with the Ferris Mowers National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Championship Trophy, closing out the Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll for the 2020/2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball season.
Earlier this year, Ferris - a brand of Briggs & Stratton - announced that it was the entitlement sponsor of the Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll and the trophy given to the winner of the Coaches Poll. The trophy is an iconic Waterford crystal basketball atop a base that has been awarded for thirty years.
“It was a point of pride for the team at Ferris as well as our distributor and dealer partners to see the Ferris name linked each week to the Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll,” said Harold Redman, Senior Vice President and President of Turf & Consumer Products at Briggs & Stratton. “Along with basketball fans everywhere, we congratulate the Baylor Bears and every team that made it into this year’s tournament. The commitment and dedication for a team to win it all encompasses what the Ferris Brand stands for; working hard, productivity, reliability and winning results. We are honored to recognize the team’s achievements.”
The victorious Bears were welcomed home in Waco, Texas with a parade through town with fans cheering them on, finally landing at the Baylor campus for a celebration, speeches and trophy presentation ceremony.
During the trophy presentation, longtime voice of the Baylor Bears John Morris spoke to the hard work, productivity, and reliability that the Ferris brand exemplifies, and how these brand values are symbolized by the trophy and embodied by the Baylor Bears. Mack Rhoades, Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Baylor, then presented the trophy to Coach Drew on behalf of Ferris Mowers and the NABC.