Fox Sports has a pretty decent article on Scott Drew, Baylor Basketball, and The Gospel. Scott Drew’s Baylor University men’s basketball team had a stretch of games early this season where they did not win. In other words, they lost a lot of games. The team’s response from that stretch of failure has been amazing.
Since starting 2-8 in Big 12 play, They finished 9-9 and went to the championship game of the Big 12 Tournament, a loss to Iowa State. They finished the regular season 24-11 and ranked in the Top-25.
But that is not the amazing response that I am talking about.
I am talking about the fact that five of their players prayed to receive Christ this season. That these players were baptized as public professions of faith. That the team made getting right with God a higher priority than getting into the NCAA tournament. That the team came to peace with God, which transcends a season of college sports. That the coaching staff and administration led, prayed towards, and encouraged their players to live in correspondence with reality — and made that a priority within a culture of sports that privileges a worldview of “just win baby.”
Coach Scott Drew said this of the losing stretch:
“We may not win another game this year, and I may be a horrible coach, but if any of these guys leave without knowing Christ, that will be the real loss.”
Team Chaplain Mark Wible (disclosure: a personal friend and mentor of mine) said this of this season:
“That was a highlight, one of those top 10-15 lifetime things. To be able to see the visible response of guys hearing the message, receiving the message and accepting the message . . . It wasn’t me, pastor Brewer, it was everybody. It is a consistent theme throughout the whole basketball department, that we develop them not just as basketball players, but to develop them as people and their spiritual lives as well.”
You can read the whole article here. There are so many good things about it, from the older mentoring of Brady Heslip in sharing the Gospel with Kenny Cherry, to the beautiful baptism scene at Highland Baptist Church.
I am not suggesting that you change your brackets to have the Bears go all the way to the Championship game (As I have), but I am suggesting that you consider rooting for Baylor.