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Scott Drew has done pretty much the impossible as a head coach thus far.
He’s made the Baylor Bears relevant in college basketball.
While Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III brought the Baylor football team prominence and Brittney Griner delivered the women’s basketball team a national title, Drew has brought plenty of (mostly) positive attention upon the men’s basketball squad.
This comes after the program had plenty of negative attention a few years ago. Let’s not forget that, back in the early 2000s, the program was rocked by the murder of Baylor player Patrick Dennehy (by teammate Carlton Dotson) and its subsequent cover-up by then-head coach Dave Bliss.
It’s safe to say that, under Drew, Baylor basketball has made a great recovery from this tragedy.
The Bears have advanced to two NCAA regional finals since Drew took over the program back in 2003. Prior to Drew’s arrival in Waco, the last time the Bears made the Elite Eight was 1950.
A major contributor to Drew’s success with Baylor has been his ability to recruit big-time talent. Over the past several years, stars like Perry Jones III, Quincy Miller and Quincy Acy have played a major role in the program’s resurgence.
But Drew’s recruiting success hasn’t come without controversy. Back in the spring, the program was placed on three years of probation by the NCAA for recruiting violations.
Time will tell if this will either be a black eye or just a blemish on Baylor basketball. If it’s the latter, then look for the program’s golden age to continue under Drew’s watch.