Early years

Luther Burleson coached the initial basketball staff at Baylor in 1907 also doubling as the soccer coach. In Baylor’s next season of basketball afterward cross-town rival TCU began their schedule that the Bears defeated twice during the 1908–09 season. Ralph Glaze’s (1911–1914) .788 winning percentage rankings in the best all time in school history. Ralph Wolf (1927–1941) direct Baylor to its first SWC Championship in 1932 after living and beating among the first excellent tragedies in college athletics in his first season as coach.
Immortal Ten
See also: List of accidents involving sports teams
On January 22, 1927, Coach Ralph Wolf’s Baylor Basketball group was traveling by bus to perform the University of Texas. Since the bus passed through Round Rock, Texas, it approached railroad tracks across the south side of the company district on a drizzly, cloudy day. As the bus crossed the tracks the occupants failed to hear the noise of the train whistle and ringing bell. The motorist caught sight of the train in the last moment and tried to maneuver clear of however, the Sunshine Special crashed to the bus at near 60 miles off ripping off the roof and side.
The Immortal Ten Museum Ten Baylor students and basketball players were murdered by the impact. [3] One player, James Clyde”Abe” Kelly, pushed his buddy, Weir Washamout the window of the bus only minutes before the impact, rescue Washam’s lifetime but costing Kelly his very own. The bodies of Kelly and Robert Hailey were found horrifically stretched throughout the cow-catcher on the front part of the train, with arms locked 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 the train and assist where needed only to find his son one of the dead.
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 remainder of the 1927 season was canceled. The catastrophe had reverberations over the whole state and nation and contributed to the building of the first railway overpass in Texas where the event happened at Round Rock. Buses were later needed to come to a full stop and open the door at all rail crossings to listen to trains. The Immortal Ten narrative was 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 memorialized in bronze on the Baylor campus in Traditions Plaza.
On the 90th anniversary of this tragedy, January 22, 2017, the City of Round Rock held a memorial occasion to remember those who had been murdered in the train-bus collision. At the event, the city dedicated to the”Immortal Bridge,” which arcs over the railroad tracks where the incident occurred. Green lampposts, green-and-gold paint and other markers honor the 10 students who were murdered there. The event was open to the public, and attendees comprised Baylor administrators and student leaders, that the spirit squads, and Baylor’s Golden Wave Band.
Post World War II victory Baylor men’s teams won five conference championships in the former Southwest Conference (1932, 1946, 1948, 1949*, 1950*; * discussed shared name ). The Bears reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 1946, also 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 into Adolph Rupp’s first national championship team. The team again advanced into the NCAA Final Four in 1950 beneath Henderson dropping to the Bradley Braves 68–66. Bill Menefee (1962–1973) would lead the Bears into a nationwide ranking in 1969 but failed to make the postseason that year. Menefee was the only coach over the next 50 years to really have a career record of over .500, and might later serve as Baylor’s athletic director in the 1980s. Gene Iba’s 1988 NCAA tournament team would be the very first NCAA championship appearance for the program in 38 decades.
2003 scandal
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The men’s basketball program was plagued by a scandal in 2003. Patrick Dennehy, a player for the group, was killed by former teammate Carlton Dotson; then-coach Dave Bliss had been forced to resign amidst allegations that he had violated NCAA rules by making monetary payments to four gamers 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 imposed a post-season ban for one year. Furthermore, the NCAA further penalized the group by initiating a non-conference ban to the 2005–2006 year and extending the probationary period during the school would have limited recruiting privileges.
Decade Long Resurgence
The 2005 Bears were hindered by just using 7 scholarship players and recorded just one win in conference play. Regardless of those challenges, head coach Scott Drew was able to put together a 2005 signing class ranked No. 7 nationally by HoopScoop.
The basketball program experienced a resurgence under coach Scott Drew having an NCAA Championship appearance in 2008 for the first time in 20 years with a 9–7 conference record and the team’s first national standing in 39 decades. The January 23, 2008 116–110 5OT win over Texas A&M at College Station officially became the longest game in Big 12 history. The 2008–09 team again was rated early in the summer but stumbled on 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 listed the program’s first postseason victory since 1950 in its initial round NIT victory within 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 rated in both polls and hauled off the largest road win in school history over the afterward #6 Texas Longhorns in Austin 80–77 on Jan. 30th. The Bears closed out the season with a Big 12 era finest 11–5 album and #3 seed at the Big 12 championship.
The 2009–10 team was picked to finish 10th in the Big 12 at the Big 12 Coaches Poll as a result of graduation of several key players from the preceding calendar year. However, the group finished the regular season 23–6 and tied for 2nd in the Big 12 standings. Following a 2–1 album at the Big 12 championship, the Bears were rewarded with a #1 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 drama 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, that had defeated #2 seed Villanova the prior week to advance to 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’ opponent was the #1 seed Duke Blue Devils, the final #1 seed standing at the NCAA tournament following another three #1 seeds (Kansas, Syracuse, and Kentucky) were defeated by lower seeded teams. In front of a very 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 was the best season in the Scott Drew age as defined by convention standing, overall standing, wins, and NCAA tournament wins. The Bears finished the year ranked #10 from the final ESPN/Coaches Poll–the highest ranking in program history at that moment.
The 2010–11 group started the season ranked 14th (according to this AP Preseason survey ). The Bears started 7–0, also rose to 9th from the polls before falling to Gonzaga at a neutral court in Dallas. The team finished 18–13 total and 7–9 in league playwith. The highlight of this season was Lacedarius Dunn getting the Big 12’s all-time leading scorer, and a sweep of this series versus ranked Texas A&M. After freshman star Perry Jones III was suspended by the NCAA for six matches, 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 conference run that saw the Bears win 30 games and make it to the Big 12 tournament title match. The Bears were chosen 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 effort for the Bears since they followed the 2012 Elite Eight season with another successful seminar run which saw the Bears sweep both TCU and Texas Tech while only dropping one match to UT. The bears started out using a pre-season ranking of 19 in the nation. The Bears finish conference play .500 and were selected for the NIT championship. The Bears made it all of the way to the Closing, which finished in a win over Iowa, winning the tournament in front of a large audience in Madison Square Garden and promising that the 2013 NIT Title.

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