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Scott Drew’s Family Didn’t Want to Leave Baylor for Kentucky

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Scott Drew will remain the head basketball coach for the Baylor Bears after taking a hard look at the head coaching job at Kentucky, giving folks in Waco (Tex.) a chance to breathe that sigh of relief.

It got hairy there for a minute, as flight trackers and reports of Drew’s family returning from a trip to Lexington (Kent.) gave plenty of reason for fans to believe that he was all but gone. As it turns out, it was his family and a divine calling that called Drew to stay in Waco and continue to serve the community there.

In a statement shortly after the news dropped, Drew gave credit to Jesus, his family, and the “best people and community” for his reasons for deciding to stick with the program he’s built.


“In our program, we strive to put Jesus first, then others, then ourselves,” Drew says. “We truly believe God has called my family and I to continue our work here at Baylor, surrounded by the best people and community anyone could be blessed to have. We are grateful for the support of Mack Rhoades, Predicent Livingstone and the entire Baylor Family, and we look forward to working together to bring more championships to Waco. #JOY”

Drew has coached at Baylor for more than 20 seasons has won 446 games with the Bears and led them to the 2021 national championship, the first in the program’s history. He and the Bears have also won or shared two regular season Big 12 titles (2021 and 2022).

Last season the Bears went 24-11, finished in a tie for third in the Big 12 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In recent years Drew has become an elite recruiter and has managed to sign five-star players, something Baylor could not have dreamed of 20 years ago.

Several of those players are already in the NBA, with center Yves Missi opting for the NBA Draft on Wednesday.

Drew’s decision also means that the rumored potential candidates to replace him, including Texas Tech’s Grant McCasland and Kansas State’s Jerome Tang, will remain in place.

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