That did help his cause. He won an NIT. He reeled off a string of 20-win seasons. He drew a $3 million salary. He carried on despite the critics and the snickering.
This is Drew’s 17th season in Waco. He is threatening to make it his best one yet, the Bears being 13-1, ranked No. 2 and coming off a week in which they won at Texas Tech and at Kansas.
Baylor won in Lubbock despite the Red Raiders’ dogged efforts and Chris Beard’s constant attempts to incite his home fans. The Bears won in Allen Fieldhouse. Enough said.
The Bears won both places because they played tougher defense – it was a man-to-man for the record – and they made more plays. They seemed more together, quite a feat since the roster is a mishmash of DI, DIII and JUCO transfers, high school signees from Texas and Louisiana, and players from Canada, Cameroon and the Congo.