Scott Drew experienced something for the first time in his 21 years as head coach at Baylor: an ejection.
And it came in the middle of a key Big 12 conference game against Iowa State in Waco. The Baylor Bears were able to hang on for a 70-68 win over the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday night, but Drew’s ejection for stepping outside the coaches box came in the middle of a 20-0 run by Iowa State.
Is this the softest ejection of all-time? If it’s not at the top of the list, it certainly has to be up there.
But after the game, Drew elected to take the high road.
“You pour so much into it, and if you’re the reason you lose, there’s no worse feeling,” Drew said. “And I thank God he didn’t make me feel that tonight, because I know if we’d have lost, and those technicals, those points, they add up. I’ve got to do better.
“We’ll send in the tape and see if the officials have to do better. And then go from there.”
Classy, as usual, from Scott Drew.
However, his athletic director, Mack Rhoades was not in nearly as forgiving of a mood. Rhoades blasted this officiating crew, saying after the game, “Tonight was an embarrassment for this league. Scott (Drew) said it, we have the best basketball league in the country. And the officiating tonight did not match that. Period, end of story. This league needs to get better when we think about our officiating. And we have some great, great officials. But this particular crew tonight did not match the level of this game, and that shouldn’t happen in this league.”
Needless to say, I don’t think we will see this crew on Tuesday night in Waco when No. 18 Baylor is back on the court against No. 15 Texas Tech.