Baylor Bears basketball
Luther Burleson coached the initial basketball team at Baylor in 1907 also doubling as the football coach. In Baylor’s next season of basketball then cross-town rival TCU began their program that the Bears defeated twice during the 1908–09 season. Ralph Glaze’s (1911–1914) .788 winning percentage ranks at the top all time in school history. Ralph Wolf (1927–1941) lead Baylor to its first SWC Championship in 1932 after surviving and beating one of the first excellent tragedies in college sports in his first season as coach.
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On January 22, 1927, Coach Ralph Wolf’s Baylor Basketball team was traveling by bus to play with the University of Texas. Since the bus passed through Round Rock, Texas, it approached railroad tracks across the south side of the business district on a drizzly, cloudy day. As the bus crossed the tracks the occupants failed to listen to the noise of the train whistle and ringing bell. The driver caught sight of the train in the last moment and attempted to maneuver clear of but the Sunshine Special crashed into the bus near 60 mph tearing off the roof and side.
The Immortal Ten Memorial Ten Baylor students and basketball players have been murdered by the impact.  One participant, James Clyde”Abe” Kelly, driven his buddy, Weir Washam, out the window of the bus just moments before the effect, rescue Washam’s life but costing Kelly his own. The bodies of Kelly and Robert Hailey were discovered horrifically stretched across the cow-catcher on the front part of the train, with arms wrapped around each other and Kelly missing a leg. Ivy Foster Sr. of Taylor, Texas, had heard of the accident and rushed to the train station in Taylor to meet with the train and assist where needed only to locate his son one of the deceased.
The deceased were Jack Castellaw, Sam Dillow, Merle Dudley, L.R. “Ivey” Foster Jr., Robert “Bob” Hailey, James Clyde “Abe” Kelly, Willis Murrary, James “Jim” Walker, and William Winchester.
The rest of the 1927 season was canceled. The tragedy had reverberations over the entire nation and nation and contributed to the building of the first railway overpass in Texas in which the event occurred at Round Rock. Buses were later needed to return to a full stop and open the door at all rail crossings to listen to trains. The Immortal Ten narrative has been commemorated each year since 1927 at first in Chapel services then afterwards at the Freshman Mass Meeting during Homecoming Week. In 2007, the occasion was also memorialized in bronze on the Baylor campus at Traditions Plaza.
On the 90th anniversary of this catastrophe, January 22, 2017, the City of Round Rock held a memorial event to remember those who were murdered in the train-bus collision. At the event, the city dedicated the”Immortal Bridge,” that arcs over the railroad tracks where the incident happened. Green lampposts, green-and-gold paint and other markers honor the 10 students who were murdered there. The event was open to the general public, and attendees comprised Baylor administrators and student leaders, the spirit squads, and Baylor’s Golden Wave Band.
Post World War II victory Baylor men’s teams won five conference championships at the former Southwest Conference (1932, 1946, 1948, 1949*, 1950*; * discussed shared title). The Bears reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 1946, and reached the Final Four in 1948 and 1950. Bill Henderson’s 1948 team advanced to play the Kentucky Wildcats for the NCAA championship, but dropped 58–42 to Adolph Rupp’s first national championship team. The team again advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1950 beneath Henderson losing to the Bradley Braves 68–66. Bill Menefee (1962–1973) will lead the Bears into a national position in 1969 but failed to make the postseason that year. Menefee was the only coach during the next 50 years to really have a career record of over .500, and would later serve as Baylor’s athletic director in the 1980s. Gene Iba’s 1988 NCAA championship team are the first NCAA tournament appearance for the program in 38 years.
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The men’s basketball program was plagued by a scandal in 2003. Patrick Dennehy, a participant for the group, was murdered by former teammate Carlton Dotson; then-coach Dave Bliss was forced to resign amidst allegations that he had violated NCAA rules by making financial payments to four players and that he made improper statements to the media characterizing Dennehy as a drug dealer. The school placed itself on probation, restricted itself to seven scholarships for two years and enforced a post-season ban for a year. Additionally, the NCAA further penalized the group by initiating a non-conference ban for the 2005–2006 season and extending the probationary period through the faculty would have limited recruiting statements.
Decade Long Resurgence
The 2005 Bears were hindered by just using 7 scholarship players and listed just one win in conference play. In spite of those challenges, head coach Scott Drew managed to put together a 2005 signing class ranked No. 7 nationally by HoopScoop.
The basketball program undergone a resurgence under coach Scott Drew with an NCAA Championship appearance in 2008 for the first time in 20 years with a 9–seven conference record and the team’s first national ranking in 39 decades. The January 23, 2008 116–110 5OT win over Texas A&M at College Station formally became the greatest game in Big 12 history. The 2008–09 team again was rated early in the season but stumbled to a 5–11 summit finish before heating in the Big 12 Tournament beating both Kansas and Texas en route to the championship game versus Missouri, and lost by a score of 73–60. The 2008–2009 team recorded the program’s first postseason victory since 1950 in its first round NIT victory over the Georgetown Hoyas in Waco.
The 2008–09 team went on to advance to the NIT Final where they fell to Penn State. The 2009–10 squad was again ranked in both polls and pulled off the largest road win in school history across the then #6 Texas Longhorns at Austin 80–77 on Jan. 30th. The Bears closed out the season with a Big 12 age best 11–5 record and #1 in the Big 12 tournament.
The 2009–10 group was picked to finish 10th in the Big 12 in the Big 12 Coaches Poll due to the graduation of several important players from the preceding year. However, the group ended the regular season 23–6 and tied for 2nd in the Big 12 standings. Following a two –1 record at the Big 12 tournament, the Bears were rewarded with a #3 seed in the South Region of the NCAA tournament. The Bears defeated #14 seed Sam Houston State 68–59 in First Round actions and then defeated #11 seed Old Dominion 76–68 in Second Round play to advance to the Sweet 16 hosted at Reliant Stadium in Houston. The Bear’s Sweet 16 match-up was #10 seed Saint Mary’s, which had defeated #2 seed Villanova the previous week ahead of the Sweet 16. The Bears won handily over the Gaels, 72–49, after major 47–19 in the half. The Elite Eight was held at Reliant Stadium and the Bears’ competition was the #1 seed Duke Blue Devils, the final #1 seed status at the NCAA tournament after the other three #1 seeds (Kansas, Syracuse, and Kentucky) were all defeated by lower seeded teams. In front of quite a pro-Baylor audience of over 47,000, the Bears were defeated by the Duke Blue Devils, 78–71, to finish the magic run to the Elite Eight. It had been the best season in the Scott Drew era as defined by conference standing, overall ranking, wins, and NCAA tournament wins. The Bears finished the year ranked #10 from the final ESPN/Coaches Poll–the maximum ranking in program history at that moment.
The 2010–11 group started the season ranked 14th (according to this AP Preseason poll). The Bears started 7–0, and rose to 9th from the polls before falling to Gonzaga in a neutral court in Dallas. The group finished 18–13 overall and 7–9 in league playwith. The highlight of the season was Lacedarius Dunn getting the Big 12’s all-time top scorer, and a sweep of this series versus rated Texas A&M. After freshman star Perry Jones III was suspended from the NCAA for six games, the Bears proceeded to lose their first-round game of the Big 12 Championship from Oklahoma.
The 2012 season saw another historic campaign for the Bears as they followed the 2011 year with another successful seminar run that saw the Bears win 30 games and make it to the Big 12 championship title game. The Bears were selected for the NCAA championship and made it all of the way into the Elite Eight, which ended in a loss to eventual national champion Kentucky.
The 2013 season witnesses another winning campaign for the Bears as they followed up the 2012 Elite Eight season with another successful conference run which saw the Bears sweep both TCU and Texas Tech while just dropping one game to UT. The bears started out with a pre-season ranking of #19 in the nation. The Boys finish conference play .500 and have been selected for the NIT tournament. The Bears made it all the way into the Closing, which ended in a win over Iowa, winning the tournament before a large audience in Madison Square Garden and claiming the 2013 NIT Title.
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