Posted on: April 2, 2011 2:47 pm
Edited on: April 3, 2011 8:32 pm

Scott Drew called me. Hilarity did not ensue.

SAN ANTONIO -- So Baylor coach Scott Drew called me a couple days ago. He called uninvited, unannounced. He called at 11:30 p.m.

He called because he was upset at me.

Seems I'd written a tweet a month earlier that had finally filtered its way through the Baylor fan base -- or the coaching community or wherever these things filter -- and reached his eyes. Here it is. Money quote? Me writing in the Tweet, "Shaddup Scott Drew."

That's the first part of this story. Now, we need some background:

The NCAA is checking into Drew's program right now, checking into reports like this one from FoxSports.com. And so am I, frankly. I've called around, talked to two different people who have been interviewed by the NCAA about Drew, and they paint a picture of confusion. Mainly, the NCAA is confused by what Scott Drew knew about potential violations, when he knew it, and how long it took him to act on it. It's the Jim Tressel thing, in other words.

The crux of the confusion centers on something that's not all that big. One of Drew's assistant coaches, Mark Morefield, reportedly sent multiple text messages in June 2010 to coaches of Baylor recruit Hanner Perea -- text messages that were against NCAA rules for reasons of timing. One of my sources said he warned Drew that Morefield was breaking NCAA texting rules, and that Drew told him, "I'll take care of it."

Now, the question is, did he? Both sources told me the illegal contact from Morefield to Perea's coaches -- some texting, some calls -- continued in some shape or form for months, not stopping until the NCAA began looking into it that fall.

So the question has become -- the question the NCAA wants to answer -- is one of compliance: Did Scott Drew stop Morefield from breaking NCAA rules as soon as he learned of it, or did he wait several months before putting his foot down?

That's the background. Now then, back to Scott Drew's phone call to me a few days ago. He wanted to know why I would be so harsh as to tell him, in a Tweet, to "shaddup."

So I told him. I told him I was angry that his assistant coach -- the same one, Mark Morefield -- had threatened to have Perea deported if Perea didn't follow through on his oral commitment to Baylor. Perea, a native of Colombia, is going to Indiana.

Drew to me: Well, two things about that. One, it wasn't me. And the NCAA hasn't issued a finding on that yet.

Me to Drew: You didn't deny that it happened, Scott.

Drew: (Silence.)

Me: Let me ask you something. The second you heard that your assistant coach, representing Baylor and you, threatened to have a kid from Columbia deported, did you fire him on the spot?

Drew: Well, no.

Me: Is that guy still on your staff?

Drew : Well, yes.

The conversation ended shortly thereafter, but what I will say here on this blog is what I already said last month on Twitter: Shaddup, Scott Drew.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Baylor
Posted on: July 31, 2008 5:24 pm

And so it comes full circle

About 10 years ago when I covered ACC basketball for the Charlotte Observer, I wrote about a big-time college basketball recruit who had a circus around him, including his ambitious brother. His recruitment was getting strange. Manipulated. Coaches were constantly trying to figure out who was in charge of the recruitment, but they knew one thing: It wasn't the player himself. He was a pawn. Whose pawn? I never quite figured that out.

The player's name? Dwon Clifton.

Yes, the same Dwon Clifton who just got hired on the staff at Baylor and whose arrival could spur the country's No. 1 recruit from the class of 2009, John Wall, to go to Baylor as well. Wall plays for Clifton and Clifton's still-ambitious brother, Brian, for D-One Sports.

I'm not calling any of this illegal. I'm not even calling it unethical. I happen to like Baylor coach Scott Drew very much. I'm just saying it's difficult to watch the circle of life without suppressing a giggle.


Category: NCAAB
Tags: Baylor
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