Not long after Baylor men's basketball program's implosion, two key players signed on to help Baylor rise from the ashes-- new men's basketball coach Scott Drew and new athletic director Ian McCaw. We know what Scott Drew has meant to a revitalized and nationally competitive basketball program. But what about Ian McCaw?
Since 2003, Baylor has enjoyed the most competitively successful period in the history of its intercollegiate athletics program. During that span, Baylor has captured three NCAA team championships, 41 Big 12 Conference championships and its first bowl victories in 20 years.
As rumors swirl about who might be out to steal our star head football coach, Baylor fans and student-athletes should be equally concerned about other collegiate programs courting Ian McCaw. There has not been any news on this front that I am aware of, but as I observe the chaos swirling around the UT campus in Austin my mind shifts into "ALERT" status. If there was ever a period when UT football, basketball, and baseball programs were all simultaneously underperforming (based on history and fan expectation), I don't know when it would have been.
If Art Briles is appealing as a head football coach prospect for an ailing program, Ian McCaw might be just as appealing as an AD to fix a badly broken athletics program. From what I've garnered, Ian McCaw is well-regarded by Baylor coaches due to his professionalism and willingness to let the coaching staffs operate without being micro-managed. That reputation doesn't hurt his appeal either.
I am not aware of Ian McCaw having any interest in leaving Baylor, but in the interest of Bear fans everywhere, I hope he remains at Baylor and leads our programs to new heights!