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Griffin has repeatedly said that his NFL decision wouldn’t be about money or draft status. He also said it wouldn’t be about trying to win another Heisman Trophy.

“If it’s time for me to go, then it’s time for me to go,” he said the week after the Oklahoma game. “I’m definitely proud to be part of what’s going on here at Baylor.”

Before going 4-0 in November, Baylor had combined to win only four Big 12 games in November the previous 15 seasons combined. The Bears had never had a winning season in the Big 12 until 2010, in Griffin’s return from the knee injury, when they also ended a 16-year bowl drought with a Texas Bowl appearance.

Griffin arrived at Waco as a 17-year-old freshman in January 2008 after graduating from high school a semester early. He completed an undergraduate degree in political science in December 2010 and has been working on master’s degree in communications.