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Baylor Basketball

Scott Drew Spurns Offer From Kentucky To Remain At Baylor

April 11, 2024
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Baylor Men’s Basketball head coach Scott Drew has rejected an offer from the University of Kentucky to take over the Wildcats’ basketball program, SicEm365’s Ashley Hodge has learned. Hodge made the prediction that Drew would remain in Waco late on Wednesday evening. 

Drew, who was widely viewed as the top target for Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart, spent the roughly the last 72 hours hours in discussions with the historic SEC program to replace recently departed coach John Calipari who is now at Arkansas.

On Wednesday, Drew’s family made a brief trip from Waco to Lexington to visit the city and University with hopes of helping guide Drew to his final decision. Drew did not make the trip with his family, and less than 24 hours later made the final decision to remain in Waco.

The job was officially offered to Drew on Tuesday, with other top candidates, Dan Hurley (UConn) and Nate Oats (Alabama), making public statements that they would not leave their current positions.

A native of Indiana, Drew has won a National Championship, an NIT Championship, two Big 12 Regular Season Titles, and three Big 12 Coach of the Year awards. Under his watch, 12 players have been drafted into the NBA with many more undrafted players finding professional opportunities around the world.

Drew has compiled a 446–244 at Baylor including a 189-173 Big 12 record and a 17-9 NCAA tournament record. Dating back to the 2007-2008 season, the season which Baylor made its first trip to the NCAA Tournament under Drewr, he has posted a 410-175 record. 

Drew will welcome the No. 6-ranked class in the country to Baylor this summer, highlighted by the addition of the No. 5-overall player in the country VJ Edgecombe‍, a five-star small forward from New York. 

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Scott Drew Spurns Offer From Kentucky To Remain At Baylor

20,819 Views | 47 Replies | Last: 1 mo ago by Quinton
Johnny Bear
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FANTASTIC!!!!!!!
MashedPotatoes
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Thank you COACH!!!
Bear in AL
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YES!!!! Sic em!!!
4yrletterbear
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Good for Drew, good for Baylor, good for the Big 12 and great publicity for the University.
JHutchrson
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Hallelujah! Sic 'em Bears!
jdrs
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Such great news! I can get back to work!
IowaBear
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Phew!! Time to reel in some big portal fish
MashedPotatoes
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Anybody else lose sleep last night?
whitetrash
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To BBN:

ImABearToo
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No sleep but Sic em!
IvanBear
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Good work Ashley.
Bear in AL
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Time to hire an elite defensive-specialist assistant coach and go win another Natty!!
ImABearToo
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BBN?
whitetrash
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ImABearToo said:

BBN?
Big Blue Nation. UK's self-applied overinflated moniker.
ImABearToo
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Of course they'd claim that title.
Shakesbear
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Johnny Bear said:

FANTASTIC!!!!!!!
Retreat Hell! We just got here! The 2/5
TXBEAR_bf
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Boom!

https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/39920614/sources-scott-drew-turns-kentucky-remain-baylor-coach
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Johnny Bear
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4yrletterbear said:

Good for Drew, good for Baylor, good for the Big 12 and great publicity for the University.

Yep. We have a men's bball HC that turned down Kentucky. That's pretty close to having a football HC that said no to Alabama. Let that sink in.
Bear2014
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It does not just mean more!!
Bear2014
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Johnny Bear said:

4yrletterbear said:

Good for Drew, good for Baylor, good for the Big 12 and great publicity for the University.

Yep. We have a men's bball HC that turned down Kentucky. That's pretty close to having a football HC that said no to Alabama. Let that sink in.


It solidifies his status as a lifer at Baylor!
ursamajor
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Amazing news! That's a lot of fun basketball for a lot of years! Thanks Alliance Bank and thanks Scott Drew!
ScottS
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<Aggy>Did they even offer?</Aggy>
gobears20
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Staff
Butt hurt
bear2be2
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MashedPotatoes said:

Anybody else lose sleep last night?
I had already come to grips with him leaving and was hopeful that we could land one of the excellent coaches in Drew's tree, so I slept fine. But this is great news, nonetheless.

Another 10 to 15 years with Drew at the helm with a statue outside the Foster Pavilion when he's done? Sign me up.
gobears20
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Staff
bear2be2
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gobears20 said:

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This was the first thing I thought of when I saw the news. Haha.
Johnny Bear
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I'm guessing there are also more than a few fans at both TTech and KSU who are breathing a sigh of relief as well.
bear2be2
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Johnny Bear said:

I'm guessing there are also more than a few fans at both TTech and KSU who are breathing a sigh of relief as well.
Tang and Drew staying is a win all-around for the Big 12. Keeps two dynamic coaches in a league full of them.

And yes, I'm sure Tech fans are celebrating today, too.
OsoCoreyell
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gobears20 said:

Butt hurt

This is just so humiliating to post something like this. How does this person show themselves in public after posting that? Show some dignity, man.
PLSQL_BEAR
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Glad Coach Drew is staying at Baylor. Now I don't have to use "*******ly Bourbon imBibers Burgle Baylor's Basketball Boneparte" as my Facebook post.
Feel The Floyd
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Woo hoo
Quinton
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Speculating based on absolutely nothing, but believe Drew wanted to try and go but family concerns won out.

Not worried either way but that relationship with UKs AD along with the prestige and support really made it close.

Now work the portal and win the new conference next year. Going up against AZ, revamped Ku, Iowa St, and returning squad of 30yr olds @ Houston will be tough.
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gobears20 said:

Butt hurt

Technically, that's probably true. You don't get an offer unless you show serious interest. Looks like Scott stopped short of having that level of interest, so the process didn't reach the offer stage.

Of all the blue bloods out there to hate, Kentucky isn't one of them. Basketball is more fun when they are elite. I hope they find someone really good.
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Big time WOOO!
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burg0047
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Almost all Kentucky Fans Right Now: "We didn't really want him."
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