ITH Super Happy Fun Time Coaching Search: Scott Drew

  • 03/27/2008 1:30 pm in

scottdrew.jpgKelvin is out the door and Dan is not our man, so that can only mean one thing: It’s coaching search time! Here’s a look at the candidates that could land in Bloomington. We’ll give you the pros, the cons and the bottom line. This afternoon: Baylor’s Scott Drew.

Pros: In a move that could have turned into career suicide, Drew left Valparaiso in 2003 for Waco, Texas to take over a Baylor program crippled by drug use, violations and the murder of Patrick Dennehy by teammate Carlton Dotson. Five years later, Drew led Baylor to the NCAA Tournament and a fourth place finish in the Big 12. His overall record is not glamorous due to the situation he inherited, but nobody can question the fact that he turned a gloom and doom situation into one of the feel good stories in college basketball. The 37-year-old has strong Indiana ties after spending nine years at Valparaiso as an assistant to his father, Homer, and one season as a head coach before taking over at Baylor.

Cons: Drew’s recruiting tactics were called into question by Gary Parrish of CBS Sportsline back in 2006. To his credit, Drew took responsibility for a few of the allegations. However, the fact that a young coach resorted to questionable tactics against a legend like Bob Knight surely didn’t help Drew’s popularity among his peers. Drew has yet to win a NCAA Tournament game as a head coach which is probably a requirement to be a serious contender for one of the premier jobs in America.

Bottom line: Drew is in the discussion because of his ties to the state and the remarkable job he’s done bringing Baylor back to respectability. The negative recruiting stuff may not seem like a huge deal on the surface, but it’s definitely a red flag for a program trying to restore its pristine image. Realistically, he is a long shot at best and that’s probably a good thing due to his lack of experience coaching in March.

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  • tberry

    RE: CBS Sportine

    If what Drew said was true, then I see it as simply pointing out why you would be the best choice. There is nothing negative about that unless you are the school that is shown to have negative attributes.

  • I think that article is the first time I've ever seen Bob Knight compared with the Pope.

    Those “violations” are kind of weak. Rude, but weak. It's the same things fans say all the time. But then again, we just saw a guy get dragged through the fire for phone calls.

    I'd say the lack of program building and March success would be the big strikes against Drew at this point, not so much the recruiting issues.

  • JerryCT

    A good man and a good coach ………maybe… They lost 7 of 8 during one stretch of the B12.

    I don't want “good” however I want “great”, “legend” capacity type coach

    I have a hard time thinking of anything that would rank him above any of the coaches already mentioned ( except Skiles ).

  • kgork

    I don't know, I saw him on PTI one time and he kind of came off as a douchebag.

  • xxBHxx

    Right on Jerry, couldn't have said it better myself. We need the BEST candidate out there.

  • JerryCT

    Based on the last 3 coaches ,”douchebag” might in fact be our criterion……………I am hoping for better.

    To feel better look at the Youtube video of Bennett discussing tonights game

  • easy

    I mean it'd be a cool story if a kid from Indiana succeeded at IU and Drew fits that mold. But, he's not going to get hired, and he's got more to prove. I hope he does well at Baylor. I've also heard that he's not the most popular among Indiana high school coaches, though I'm not completely sure why. So whatever. Good guy. Hope he does well at Baylor.

    Based on their style of play though, he wouldn't be very popular here.

  • easy

    Great interview. Thanks for the head's up. I'd be really excited if we got him as our coach. He's going to be great.

  • JerryCT

    For those of you wanting to SEE the games vs WATCH the games tonight you can easily search and find good explanations of 1. Pack line Defense and 2. Blocker Mover Offense on the net .

    Both Miller and Bennett run the same Pack Line defense and similar blocker mover offense .

    You all on ITH have motivated me to study this stuff to better know what I am seeing and talking about. I feel like I am less full of crap

    Thanks

  • BrianK

    I follow the time honored philosphy of ” Blind them with B.S.” myself.

  • BayAreaHoosier

    bennett all the way. since i live on the west coast, i've had to watch that crap conference that is the pac 10. this guy's emotion on the sideline is raw and he will recruit like a monster. star potential. i would like to see him and painter arm wrestle over our state's elite.

    scott drew is nice. but not a big time catch.

  • TXHoosier

    All right, you've convinced me. I can see Drew as a down-the-list-if-everyone-else-rejects-us hire, but I have to admit that your posts and comments have given me a slight man-crush on Tony Bennett and an inclination to pull for a Sean Miller hire if Bennett doesn't work out. Now that Wazzu's out…aw, what am I thinking? A 10-person committee can't move that fast, can it?

  • JerryCT

    Based on the last 3 coaches ,”douchebag” might in fact be our criterion……………I am hoping for better.

    To feel better look at the Youtube video of Bennett discussing tonights game

  • easy

    I mean it'd be a cool story if a kid from Indiana succeeded at IU and Drew fits that mold. But, he's not going to get hired, and he's got more to prove. I hope he does well at Baylor. I've also heard that he's not the most popular among Indiana high school coaches, though I'm not completely sure why. So whatever. Good guy. Hope he does well at Baylor.

    Based on their style of play though, he wouldn't be very popular here.

  • easy

    Great interview. Thanks for the head's up. I'd be really excited if we got him as our coach. He's going to be great.

  • JerryCT

    For those of you wanting to SEE the games vs WATCH the games tonight you can easily search and find good explanations of 1. Pack line Defense and 2. Blocker Mover Offense on the net .

    Both Miller and Bennett run the same Pack Line defense and similar blocker mover offense .

    You all on ITH have motivated me to study this stuff to better know what I am seeing and talking about. I feel like I am less full of crap

    Thanks

  • BrianK

    I follow the time honored philosphy of ” Blind them with B.S.” myself.

  • BayAreaHoosier

    bennett all the way. since i live on the west coast, i've had to watch that crap conference that is the pac 10. this guy's emotion on the sideline is raw and he will recruit like a monster. star potential. i would like to see him and painter arm wrestle over our state's elite.

    scott drew is nice. but not a big time catch.

  • TXHoosier

    All right, you've convinced me. I can see Drew as a down-the-list-if-everyone-else-rejects-us hire, but I have to admit that your posts and comments have given me a slight man-crush on Tony Bennett and an inclination to pull for a Sean Miller hire if Bennett doesn't work out. Now that Wazzu's out…aw, what am I thinking? A 10-person committee can't move that fast, can it?