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HOMER DREW

Career record: 640-426 (28th most wins in D-I)

Record at VU: 371-304

Highlights at VU: Ten 20-win seasons, nine postseason appearances, eight regular-season conference titles, seven NCAA Tournament appearances, one Sweet 16 appearance

Notable: Has coached 32 players that went on to play professional basketball, and 80 that went into coaching or teaching. … Played the No. 1 team in the nation six times between since 2004. … Significant wins include two over Notre Dame (1988, 1993), Ole Miss and Florida State in the 1998 NCAA tourney, Ohio State in 2000, at Washington in 2008 CBI.

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



VALPARAISO — Region fans have long wanted to see Baylor and Valparaiso play each other.

But Homer Drew didn’t want to deal with the idea of competing against his son, and current coaches Scott and Bryce feel the same way.

“Lose-lose situations aren’t good for coaches,” Baylor’s Scott Drew said.

That said, while they won’t schedule the game themselves, the Drews continue to hope that the matchup is forced upon them eventually.

“Hopefully in the NCAA Tournament,” Homer said.

“The Final Four, maybe.”

Bleeding brown and gold: Scott Drew lasted one year as VU’s head coach before leaving for Baylor. He thinks Bryce will stick around much longer.

“A Horizon League school was runner-up the last two years,” Scott said. “You can get to a Final Four, you can win a national championship at Valparaiso. As long as they continue to give him the resources necessary to put that product on the court, there’s nothing he can’t accomplish here.”

Continuity counts: Bryce Drew said he has talked with VU’s recruits, and that he doesn’t expect any of them — or any current players — to waver.

Recruits have been told about the succession plan in place for years.

Attitude adjustment: Bryce Drew is a far more fiery coach than his father — that poor, battered greaseboard he slams on the floor every 20 seconds or so is proof of that. He doesn’t expect to change his style — much.

“Basketball is a game of passion,” he said. “For the last six years, my dad has been a mentor to me, and I’ve looked at how he handles situations. … We are cut from the same fabric, but obviously our personalities are different. Sometimes I will talk to a ref a little different than the previous coach. But it’ll all be done with the good thought of helping them make the right next call.”



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