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I was watching a game last week. do not remember who the commentors were, but basiclly the reason Drew ruffles so may feathers is because he out works them. He is relentless when recruiting a player and always tells the truth according to the two commentors.
Drew does indeed outwork most of his competitors, but that is not the whole of it. I think that the fact that he never played basketball at a high level, worked his way into the game through the influence of his father, and took over a program in a major Division I conference probably led many coaches to think that he had not really paid his dues, or earned the position, particularly since he had assisted his father at Valparaiso and succeeded him as head coach there for only one year prior to arriving at Baylor.
Throw in the fact that Baylor had been on probation three times in two decades, was in the throes of one of the worst scandals in the history of intercollegiate sport and it becomes even more galling when the new kid on the block begins to rack up impressive gains in recruiting and shows signs of making Baylor a team that had to be taken seriously. I am a big Baylor fan and a Drew supporter, but even I wondered at his ability to obtain the services of the quality athletes that began to show up at Baylor from 2006 onward.
I never for a moment thought that he was cheating; Baylor learns slow, but eventually they do figure out something called "institutional control," which typically means that the people in charge are actually taking notice of things and are in charge as expected. Sherlock Holmes observed that "the world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes," and he could have had Baylor's administration, from top to bottom, athletically and otherwise, in mind when he said that.
But it took awhile to be sure that Drew was not only not a hypocrite, but was in fact a miracle worker, with accent on the "worker" part, whose relentless pursuit of excellence in his recruits was matched by his constant effort to present Baylor in the best possible light.
Make no mistake about it, someone like that is a formidable presence on the recruiting front, and no one likes to admit that they are outworked and that whatever mistakes Drew might or might not have made, he is pretty much exactly what he is thought to be by those who know him best, a fine person who truly cares about his players, his school, and his faith.
What really irritates me, is the Baylor fans that sometimes "fall in with the crowd" and use some of the things they've heard to complain about Drew.
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