The daunting task confronting Scott Drew when he took the coaching job at Baylor seven years ago in the midst of the fallout from Patrick Dennehy's murder had no easy solutions.
Baylor had never been a basketball power to begin with. Before last week, the lone private school in the Big 12 Conference hadn't won an NCAA tournament game in 60 years. The killing of Dennehy by teammate Carlton Dotson, along with the discovery of a pattern of rules-breaking during the tenure of former coach Dave Bliss, had put the Baptist college in a poor light nationally.
But Drew knew the quickest way to respectability was to get good players. His circumstances demanded it.
"You have to see what you have to do to win your league," says Drew. "If you're going to compete with Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, etc., you're going to have to have players equal or better to what they have.
"So the first thing we had to do was bring in those types of players."
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