Could Baylor Bears’ Head Coach Scott Drew Take Vacant Arizona Wildcats Coaching Job?

Published 04/14/2021, 6:30 PM EDT
Mar 2, 2021; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Scott Drew (R) talks to an official during the second half against the West Virginia Mountaineers at WVU Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports


The Baylor Bears are the incumbent NCAA Basketball champions. They earned this feat after having a near-perfect season. However, trouble may be coming soon for the Bears and their coaching staff.

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NCAA Analyst Jeff Goodman suggested that the Arizona Wildcats could push to get Baylor head coach Scott Drew to become their next head coach. While he does admit it’s impossible, the familiarity of having his family around in Phoenix could help tip the scales in this situation.

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“How about they go after Scott Drew? I don’t think they do it. I mean, how do you do it after he won a title at Baylor? He’s in Baylor for the long haul. But if there is a swing, why not swing for Scott Drew… Scott Drew would be my first call. He’s a national title-winning head coach. Brother, dad, family just live down the street. But he’s going to say no.”

Baylor Bears: Would Scott Drew leave his championship team?

The Baylor Bears won’t be the same team they were this season heading into next season. They are losing their best player in Jared Butler and don’t have any game-changing recruits on the way. But what they have going for them is their cohesiveness as a team, especially on the defensive end. That identity has been created by Scott Drew.

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Apr 5, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears celebrate after beating the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the national championship game during the Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

However, the argument for him to go to Arizona may be a little compelling. He completed the rebuild at Baylor and can now move to another challenge. But people don’t want to leave the top of the mountain immediately after getting there. It is safe to expect Drew to stay in Baylor for the foreseeable future and try to build a new NCAA dynasty.

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With the blue-blood schools struggling last season, there is a power vacuum at the top. Gonzaga will see most of their core leave for the NBA, but Baylor still has a few left. There is more building to be done here, so Scott Drew is most likely to stay around for that ride.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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