What a great hire by Baylor, getting Valparaiso's Scott Drew as its new head basketball coach.
I couldn't believe it when I heard the news that Drew was taking over at the Waco-based school, replacing Dave Bliss. Drew is perfect for this scenario. He has incredible standards and comes from an incredible background. He served for nine seasons as an assistant and later associate head coach at Valparaiso under his dad, Homer, who will come out of retirement and take over the Crusaders after Scott served as head coach for a year.
Homer Drew is like Dr. Tom Davis (Drake), Billy Tubbs (Lamar) and Dick Bennett (Washington State). They couldn't stay retired, away from the sidelines. You will see them all during the 2003-04 season.
Scott Drew is young and ambitious. He has a great attitude and work ethic. His enthusiasm is infectious and he will bring excitement to a program that needs a major turnaround from the turmoil that has put Baylor in the national spotlight this summer.
I believe he can handle the tough times that will lie ahead. He is aware of what he's getting into and he can take on the pressure.
Drew is an optimistic person; I have seen the motivational fliers he has put out. He believes, and with his great moral standards, he is the ideal choice.
The 32-year-old Drew did a solid job in his first season as a head coach at Valparaiso, leading the Crusaders to a 20-11 record. The season ended with a pair of heartbreakers. Valpo lost 66-64 in the Mid-Continent Conference championship game to IUPUI (remember Ron Hunter's reaction?). After falling short of an NCAA berth, the Crusaders took Iowa to the wire before falling 62-60 in the NIT.
This is a great choice for Baylor. I recently wrote that the school needed an exciting, energetic assistant coach to come in for this program that's had so many negative twists and turns. Drew has an advantage because he has that one successful year under his belt. He brings all the ingredients needed to turn things around.
Drew brings all the ingredients needed to turn things around. I feel the Bears can move forward now.
I feel the Bears can move forward now. Sure, Drew will take his lumps as the program tries to rebuild after several defections, including the transfer of Lawrence Roberts to Mississippi State. John Lucas III has not made a final decision yet on his future, and that will be interesting to watch.
This has been an incredible soap opera during the Bliss tenure. The loss of Patrick Dennehy's life is a tragedy that should not be forgotten. The wrongdoing and lying were inexcusable.
Hopefully Baylor's basketball program can take some positive steps ahead.