Unfortunately, this team largely did this to themselves. Then the NCAA did their part to do everything they could to pile on the embarrassment for the Bears’ men’s basketball season.
The ruling on Perry Jones III will go down in the record books as one of the greatest displays of how the NCAA does everything it can to make sure the big schools succeed.
Scott Drew has officially become the Mark Cuban of NCAA Men’s Basketball. Why? Maybe someday we will receive an explanation. For now, it appears one of two things:
1) Baylor University does not have enrollment of > 35,000 students
2) You don’t send a flyer to Bobby Knight touting your ability to recruit a McDonald’s All-American and high school’s all time leading scorer
Baylor’s ability to make the Elite Eight last year and to continue to draw top recruits to Waco and Baylor University is made all the more amazing when you start looking at how the NCAA stacks the deck against them and the media does its part to somehow portray Scott Drew as a cheat without any facts.
One good thing from all this, is this may finally be the straw that forces Coach Drew to hire a coach with a history of teaching quality fundamentals to the treasure troves of talent he brings to Waco.
Perry, we really enjoyed watching you develop over the season. Unfortunately for you, the ending was stolen from you to make an example of a program and / or a university. I wish you all the best of luck as a top 3 NBA pick in 2011 as Baylor continues to pour top talent into the NBA.
I must admit, I was a little surprised at how many aggys shared their opinion of what happened to Baylor and Perry Jones III yesterday. We are constantly told how they could care less about us, but the instant anything Baylor related happens, they come crawling out of the woodwork to share their informed opinions. They are a basketball school after all.
If you want to read some of the blind hatred, check out yesterday’s post.
First of all, does anyone in their right mind think Baylor has earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tourney? Not no, but hell no. This team has been terribly disappointing. However, removing your #1 or #2 player for any team basically guarantees a loss.
The way this was done to Perry Jones III and Baylor smacks of a vendetta at most and a double standard in the least. For what? Who knows. It did, however, guarantee that Baylor would not make the NCAA tournament (small chance though it was) and, maybe even more importantly, guaranteed that Texas would not have to play Baylor again, a team they could certainly lose to.
Bear in mind this all COINCIDENTALLY happened hours before we played OU. A win there would set up a game with Texas, who has struggled against us both times we played them (again, since aggy cares so much, I’m sure they think it would be awesome if their vanunted team, who we swept, could hang within 20 of this Texas team). Maybe someone didn’t want that matchup to happen again. It is tough to beat a team 3 times in a season, although we did it to Texas last year.
Here’s what some actual journalists had to say about the situation:
Houston Chronicle’s Richard Justice (for those that follow Baylor reporting by Justice, you know he took just enough of a breath from bashing Baylor last year to recognize that almost 50,000 fans showed up in Reliant to watch Baylor play Duke – the second largest Elite 8 crowd ever)
PS Turgeon has a losing record against Scott Drew
As more and more information comes to light, it appears there was a hit job on Scott Drew, Baylor University and Perry Jones III. Would Baylor had won the Big 12 tournament? Unfortunately, we’ll never know because the NCAA cartel made sure that didn’t happen.
The only way the NCAA can save face for taking away Baylor’s last opportunity to make the NCAA tourney is to grant them an at large bid. Especially if Perry Jones III is cleared to play in the NIT. That will further make clear that the NCAA was complicit in sacking Perry Jones III, Scott Drew and Baylor University and preventing this opportunity and the personal and financial rewards that come with it.
One only has to go back to January to the well documented Ohio State cheating / payment scandal. How about Kansas State and the players who received improper payments including starting PG Jacob Pullen. How was Oklahoma, a perpetual NCAA cheating offender, punished last year when several players were exposed for violations?
Why is a student-athlete at Baylor University less equal than another inner city kid who plays for Auburn, or Kansas, Oregon, Texas, A&M, K-State, Oklahoma State, OU (wow this one could be an article all by itself), etc.
There are countless examples where public state schools with student bodies of 25,000 or more have clearly been given preferential treatment while student-athletes at Baylor are treated differently.
By all accounts, student-athletes at Baylor University are much less likely to be arrested, much more likely to graduate and make positive contributions to society.
As one sits back and looks at what occurred today, especially the extremely suspicious timing, one must wonder why this sabotage occurred. When did the NCAA get the facts to make this decision? Who made the decision? Why was Baylor given no chance to appeal? Is it because Baylor has an admitted Christian mission? (by the way, this doesn’t mean that alums of Baylor are holier than thou Christians, but in today’s day and age, it is one of the very few universities willing to stand by its Christian convictions). Did Rick Barnes or his cronies at the New York Times have anything to do with this?
Try as the media might with its annual March articles about Drew’s “shady” recruiting and opinions of unnamed coaches who “don’t really like Drew” (what again is wrong with this?), it still has yet to produce any evidence of major recruiting violations or any bold statements of exactly what “shady” recruiting Drew has done.
I hope the Baylor administration and Kenneth Starr take a strong litigious stance in this instance and stand up for equality. It’s still amazing all that Baylor has accomplished athletically when it’s constantly targeted by the NCAA and held to a different standard than the state schools while the media slanders Scott Drew and Baylor as somehow doing things on the sly.
Stay tuned as we work to document the discrepancies in the coming days that show the NCAA for what it is.