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What They're Saying About Baylor Basketball Coach Scott Drew

Aug. 22, 2003

Dick Vitale
Analyst, ESPN

"What a great hire by Baylor, getting Valparaiso's Scott Drew as its new head basketball coach.

"I couldn't believe it when I heard the news that Drew was taking over at the Waco-based school... Drew is perfect for this scenario. He has incredible standards and comes from an incredible background... Drew is an optimistic person; I have seen the motivational fliers he has put out. He believes, and with his great moral standards, he is the ideal choice."

Kelvin Sampson
Head Coach, Oklahoma

"I know his family. They are as good a people as you would ever want to meet. Obviously, [Baylor was] looking for a great coach who has an impeccable reputation, and that's him. I think it's a very good hire."

Mike Brey
Head Coach, Notre Dame

"Scott Drew is one of the bright young ones in our coaching fraternity. I'm impressed with the relationship he has with his players. He is a great teacher. He is the kind of guy that you want to have your son play for."

Billy Donovan
Head Coach, Florida

"I know Scott and his family. He's an outstanding coach and a great Christian, great interpersonal skills, very hard-working. I consider him a great coach. I've known his dad; they both have done a tremendous job. They have all of my respect as he goes into the role at Baylor."

Buzz Peterson
Head Coach, Tennessee

"Scott Drew is a hard-working young man with great Christian values. He is a relentless recruiter. He has all the energy and drive that he needs right now to be the head coach of Baylor. He has learned a lot from his dad. Every time I see him recruiting, he handles himself in a well-respected way. I really recommend him very highly. If I were AD, he would be the kind of young man and top coach I would be looking for."

Fran Fraschilla
Analyst, ESPN

"I think the fact they got a very good young coach, who also has strong Christian beliefs, seems to be a good fit for Baylor. Scott's reputation, not only as an assistant coach for his father, but now as a head coach, is impeccable, and he's considered one of the rising stars in the coaching business."

Donnie Nelson
Assistant Coach, Dallas Mavericks

"I can tell you this: he definitely comes from about the best stock there is. His family is as solid as a rock."

Steve Schanwald
Executive Vice President, Chicago Bulls

"Baylor University could not have made a finer choice. Scott Drew is a person of boundless energy and enthusiasm. But more importantly, he is an individual of unquestioned integrity whose character and commitment to family values will make everyone in the Baylor family proud."

Tim Floyd
Head Coach, New Orleans Hornets

"I feel that Scott's beliefs are in keeping with the mission of Baylor University. His energy and enthusiasm helped put Valparaiso in the middle of everybody's mind in March and will serve him well as he restores Baylor's basketball program.

"I believe he'll be a star in this business."



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