((HT: Memphis CommercialAppeal/Dan Wolken))
Baylor's Scott Drew removed himself from consideration Saturday night to become the University of Memphis basketball coach.
A source close to the situation had said Drew only wanted to be considered if he was the No. 1 candidate. But when Memphis waffled on whether Drew was the top choice, he pulled out.
The Tigers' search became increasingly shrouded in secrecy as officials were hoping to avoid another embarrassing public rejection from one of its targets.
Scott Drew released this statement:
“Whenever your name is rumored for another job, it’s a positive reflection of your hard work and respect for the job you are doing. At the same time, our staff wanted to rebuild Baylor into an elite basketball program. We are on the right track, but there is still work left to be done. Our staff and players are excited about the future and look forward to more successful seasons to come. We have the academics, facilities and resources to make a Baylor a national power. I would like to thank the administration and the Board of Regents for their support. We look forward to seeing everyone in the Ferrell Center next season.”