Baylor Bears basketball
Luther Burleson coached the initial basketball staff at Baylor in 1907 also doubling as the football coach. In Baylor’s second season of basketball afterward cross-town rival TCU began their program which the Bears defeated twice during the 1908–09 season. Ralph Glaze’s (1911–1914) .788 winning percentage rankings in the top all time in school history. Ralph Wolf (1927–1941) direct Baylor to its very first SWC Championship in 1932 after surviving and beating among the first great tragedies in college sports in his first season as coach.
See also: List of mishaps 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 on the south side of the business district on a drizzly, cloudy day. As the bus crossed the paths the occupants failed to hear the noise of the train whistle and ringing bell. The motorist caught sight of the train at the last minute and tried to steer clear of but the Sunshine Special crashed to the bus at near 60 miles off ripping off the roof and right side.
The Immortal Ten Museum Ten Baylor students and basketball players were killed by the effect.  One player, James Clyde”Abe” Kelly, driven his friend, Weir Washamout the window at the bus just moments before the effect, rescue Washam’s life but costing Kelly his own. The bodies of Kelly and Robert Hailey were discovered 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 help 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 remainder of the 1927 season was canceled. The catastrophe had reverberations over the entire state and country and led to the construction of the first railway overpass in Texas where the event happened at Round Rock. Buses were later required to come to a full stop and open the door at all railway crossings to listen for trains. The Immortal Ten story was commemorated each year since 1927 initially in headquarters providers then afterwards at the Freshman Mass Meeting throughout Homecoming Week. In 2007, the event was memorialized in bronze on the Baylor campus at Traditions Plaza.
On the 90th anniversary of the tragedy, January 22, 2017, the City of Round Rock held a memorial event to remember those who were murdered in the train-bus collision. In the event, the city committed 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 at the former Southwest Conference (1932, 1946, 1948, 1949*, 1950*; * discussed 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 progressed to play the Kentucky Wildcats for the NCAA championship, but fell 58–42 to Adolph Rupp’s first national championship team. The group again advanced into the NCAA Final Four in 1950 beneath Henderson losing to the Bradley Braves 68–66. Bill Menefee (1962–1973) will lead the Bears into a nationwide position 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 record of over .500, and might later serve as Baylor’s athletic director from the 1980s. Gene Iba’s 1988 NCAA tournament team are the first NCAA tournament appearance for the program in 38 decades.
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The men’s basketball program was plagued by a scandal in 2003. Patrick Dennehy, a participant for the group, was murdered 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 players and that he made improper statements to the media characterizing Dennehy as a drug dealer. The school placed itself on probation, limited itself to 7 scholarships for two decades and imposed a post-season ban for a year. Additionally, the NCAA further penalized the team by initiating a non-conference ban for the 2005–2006 season and extending the probationary period during which the faculty would have limited recruiting privileges.
Decade Long Resurgence
The 2005 Bears were hindered by only having 7 scholarship players and listed only one win in conference play. Regardless of these challenges, head coach Scott Drew was able to gather a 2005 signing class ranked No. 7 nationally by HoopScoop.
The basketball program undergone a resurgence under coach Scott Drew with an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008 for the first time in 20 years using a 9–seven summit record and the team’s first national ranking in 39 decades. 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 was rated early in the summer but stumbled to 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, and 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 at Waco.
The 2008–09 team went on to advance to the NIT Final where they fell to Penn State. The 2009–10 group was again ranked in both surveys and pulled 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 record and #1 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 important players in the previous year. However, the team ended the regular season 23–6 and tied for 2nd in the Big 12 standings. Following a two –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 at First Round actions and then defeated #11 seed Old Dominion 76–68 in Second Round play to advance to the Sweet 16 hosted in Reliant Stadium in Houston. The Bear’s Sweet 16 match-up was #10 seed Saint Mary’s, that had defeated #2 seed Villanova the previous 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 last #1 seed standing at the NCAA tournament after another three #1 seeds (Kansas, Syracuse, and Kentucky) were defeated by lower seeded teams. In front of a very 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 was the best season from the Scott Drew era as characterized by conference standing, overall standing, wins, and NCAA tournament wins. The Bears finished the year ranked #10 in the last ESPN/Coaches Poll–the highest ranking in program history at that time.
The 2010–11 group began the season ranked 14th (according to the AP Preseason survey ). The Bears started 7–0, and climbed to 9th in the polls before falling to Gonzaga in a neutral court in Dallas. The team ended 18–13 total and seven –9 in league playwith. The highlight of the season was Lacedarius Dunn becoming 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 from the NCAA for six matches, the Bears proceeded to shed their first-round game of the Big 12 Championship from Oklahoma.
The 2012 season saw another historic effort for the Bears as they followed the 2011 season with another successful conference run which saw the Bears win 30 games and make it to the Big 12 championship title match. The Bears were selected for the NCAA tournament and made it all of the way to the Elite Eight, which ended in a loss to eventual national champion Kentucky.
The 2013 year witnesses another winning effort for the Bears as they followed up the 2012 Elite Eight season with another successful seminar run which saw the Bears sweep both TCU and Texas Tech while only dropping one game to UT. The bears started out using a pre-season standing of #19 in the country. The Bears finish conference play at .500 and have been selected for the NIT championship. The Bears made it all the way into the Closing, which ended in a win over Iowa, winning the championship before a large audience in Madison Square Garden and promising that the 2013 NIT Title.