The Vandy-Baylor basketball game has been called off, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
Why? Well, new Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew’s brother Scott is the head coach of the Baylor Bears. Goodman said both coaches thought the game was a lose-lose situation. They cited a game back in 2007 between Oklahoma State and Oral Roberts, coached by brothers Sean and Scott Sutton.
“We both remember reading the article and envisioned what it would be like for the family,” Bryce Drew said. “No one really wins.”
“Even if we win, I’m hurting,” Scott Drew said. “There’s no real winner.”
“We didn’t want to put anyone in our family through that,” Scott Drew said. “Including our parents.”
Goodman reported that Baylor will have to pay Vanderbilt a significant sum for the buyout. The Drew brothers scheduled a “secret scrimmage” at Vanderbilt this past week. Consider it a “home and home secret scrimmage” as the two teams will do the same thing before next season at Baylor.
Interesting move by the Drew brothers to cancel the game. Family members coaching against one another isn’t a rare thing in the highest level of sports. Jim and John Harbaugh faced one another in the Super Bowl in 2013. Rex and Rob Ryan have had their NFL teams share the same field five times. In college football, Bob Stoops faced his brother Mark Stoops in an Oklahoma-Florida State matchup in September of 2010 when Mark was the Seminole’s defensive coordinator.
Some of these games are unavoidable, like the Harbaugh’s in the Super Bowl and the Ryan’s with the NFL’s scheduling formula. In college, games can get bought out, and the Drew Brothers say they’ll never schedule one another, ever.
“The games are so stressful as it is,” Bryce said. “And there are 350 other Division I teams we can play. There’s no reason to play one another.”