Report: Kentucky targeting Baylor’s Scott Drew as next head coach

Baylor head coach Scott Drew owns a 466-255 record across 21 seasons with the Bears. Lariat file photo

By Michael Haag | Sports Editor

Kentucky is reportedly targeting Baylor men’s basketball head coach Scott Drew as its next head coach, according to Adam Zagoria of njdotcom.

The Wildcats are looking to replace John Calipari, who’s on the cusp of finalizing a deal to become Arkansas’ head coach, per multiple reports. Calipari just finished his 16th year in Lexington, K.Y., while Drew wrapped up his 21st season with the Bears.

Zagoria also reported that Kentucky and Drew are “in talks.”

Although not announced publicly, Drew supposedly signed a contract extension with Baylor in recent weeks after he turned down the Louisville job opening. Drew reportedly has a $4.5 million buyout, if he were to fill Kentucky’s head coaching vacancy.

Drew took over a scandal-ridden Baylor program in 2003, and he’s been at the helm ever since. He’s currently tied with Kansas’ Bill Self as the Big 12’s longest-tenured head coach, and Drew has totaled a school-record 444 victories, including a 30-12 postseason record since 2009.

The 53-year-old capped off the Bears’ improbable rebuild by winning the program’s first-ever national championship in 2021. Drew has led Baylor to 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, five Sweet 16 berths and three trips to the Elite Eight over the last 16 seasons.

Drew owns a 466-255 record at Baylor, with his only other head coaching gig coming from 2002-03 at Valparaiso.

Michael Haag is a third year Journalism student from Floresville, a small town about 30 miles south of San Antonio. Haag is entering his third year at the Lariat and is hoping to continue developing his sports reporting skill set. After graduation, he plans to work on a Master’s degree in Journalism in order to one day teach at the college level. He does, however, plan on becoming a sports reporter for a publication after grad school.