Early years

Luther Burleson coached the first 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 rankings in the best 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.
Immortal Ten
See also: List of accidents involving sports teams
On January 22, 1927, Coach Ralph Wolf’s Baylor Basketball team was travelling by bus to perform the University of Texas. As the bus passed through Round Rock, Texas, it approached railroad tracks on the south side of the business district on a drizzly, cloudy day. As the bus crossed the paths the occupants failed to listen to the noise of the train whistle and ringing bell. The motorist caught sight of the train at the last minute and tried to maneuver clear of however, the Sunshine Special crashed to the bus near 60 miles off ripping off the roof and side.
The Immortal Ten Memorial Ten Baylor students and basketball players were murdered by the impact. [3] One player, James Clyde”Abe” Kelly, driven his friend, Weir Washamout the window of the bus just minutes before the effect, saving Washam’s life 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 wrapped around each other and Kelly overlooking 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 find his son among 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 rest of the 1927 season was canceled. The tragedy had reverberations over the whole state and nation and contributed to the construction of the first railway overpass at Texas in which the event occurred at Round Rock. Buses were later required to come to a complete stop and open the door at all rail crossings to listen for trains. The Immortal Ten narrative has been commemorated annually since 1927 at first in Chapel services then afterwards at the Freshman Mass Meeting throughout Homecoming Week. In 2007, the event 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 occasion to recall those who were murdered in the train-bus collision. In the event, the city committed to the”Immortal Bridge,” that arcs over the railroad tracks where the accident happened. Green lampposts, green-and-gold paint and other markings honor the 10 students who were killed there. The event was open to the 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 in the former Southwest Conference (1932, 1946, 1948, 1949*, 1950*; * denotes shared name ). 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 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 to a nationwide ranking in 1969 but failed to make the postseason that year. Menefee was the only trainer during the next 50 years to really have a career listing of over .500, and would later serve as Baylor’s athletic director from the 1980s. Gene Iba’s 1988 NCAA championship team would be the very first NCAA tournament appearance for the app in 38 years.
2003 scandal
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The men’s basketball program was plagued by a scandal in 2003. Patrick Dennehy, a participant 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 financial 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, limited itself to seven scholarships for two years and imposed a post-season ban for one year. Additionally, the NCAA further punished the group by initiating a non-conference ban for the 2005–2006 season and expanding the probationary period during the faculty would have restricted recruiting statements.
Decade Long Resurgence
The 2005 Bears were hindered by only having 7 scholarship players and listed only one win in conference playwith. In spite of these challenges, head coach Scott Drew was able 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 group’s first national ranking in 39 years. The January 23, 2008 116–110 5OT triumph over Texas A&M in College Station formally became the greatest 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 up in the Big 12 Tournament defeating both Kansas and Texas en route to the championship match versus Missouri, also lost by a score of 73–60. The 2008–2009 group recorded the program’s first postseason victory since 1950 in its initial round NIT victory over the Georgetown Hoyas in Waco.
The 2008–09 team went on to advance to the NIT Final in which they fell to Penn State. The 2009–10 squad was again ranked in both surveys and hauled off the biggest road win in school history across the then #6 Texas Longhorns in Austin 80–77 on Jan. 30th. The Bears closed out the season with a Big 12 age best 11–5 album and #1 at the Big 12 tournament.
The 2009–10 team was picked to finish 10th in the Big 12 at the Big 12 Coaches Poll due to the graduation of several important players from the preceding calendar year. On the other hand, the team ended the regular season 23–6 and tied for 2nd in the Big 12 standings. After a two –1 record at the Big 12 championship, 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 at First Round action and then conquered #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, which had defeated #2 seed Villanova the prior week to advance to the Sweet 16. The Bears won handily over the Gaels, 72–49, after leading 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 last #1 seed status at the NCAA tournament after another three #1 seeds (Kansas, Syracuse, and Kentucky) were defeated by lower seeded teams. In front of quite a pro-Baylor crowd of over 47,000, the Bears were defeated by the Duke Blue Devils, 78–71, to end the magical run to the Elite Eight. It had been the best season in the Scott Drew era as characterized by conference 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 team started the season ranked 14th (according to the AP Preseason survey ). The Bears began 7–0, also rose to 9th from the polls before falling to Gonzaga at a neutral court in Dallas. The group 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 top scorer, and a sweep of this series versus ranked Texas A&M. After freshman star Perry Jones III was suspended from the NCAA for six games, the Bears proceeded to shed their first-round match of the Big 12 Tournament against Oklahoma.
The 2012 season saw another historic effort for the Bears since they followed the 2011 season with another successful conference run that saw the Bears win 30 games and make it into the Big 12 tournament title match. The Bears were selected for the NCAA championship and made it all the way to the Elite Eight, which ended in a loss to eventual national champion Kentucky.
The 2013 season witnesses another winning effort for the Bears as they followed up the 2012 Elite Eight season with another successful seminar run that saw the squirrels sweep both TCU and Texas Tech while only dropping one match 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 to the Closing, which finished in a triumph over Iowa, winning the championship in front of a large audience in Madison Square Garden and claiming the 2013 NIT Title.

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