INDIANAPOLIS (AP) –Monday night. He had every reason. After and watching his two sons, Scott and Bryce, coach almost another 900, the family finally had its first ticket to a Final Four, any Final Four, courtesy of Baylor’s victory over Arkansas in the South Region championship game. “We’re just thrilled one of us got in there,” Drew told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “It’s been wonderful and memorable. Scott has been there 18 years, and it seems he just got there.”
Please make no mistake; the family patriarch significantly influenced his children.
Both followed him into coaching, took a page from his sophisticated coaching philosophy, and built programs as their father did. But even as out after Monday night’s breakthrough victory to credit his father for instilling the eternal optimism he shows publicly, the Drews also were hurting; back at Grand Canyon, where Bryce now coaches, the campus held a celebration of life for Oscar Frayer, the four-year starter killed with his sister in an automobile accident on March 23 – just three days after the Antelopes made their appearance. “I have tears in my eyes just thinking of what the team has gone through. Even worse for the family, Oscar’s mother lost his father to a car accident,” the 76-year-old Drew said. “To have him and her only son and her daughter, who leaves four children, all killed in , it’s just … .”
An authenticallyAmerica started to get to know almost a quarter-century ago during another memorable moment – when Homer Drew led Valparaiso to the Sweet 16 with Scott on his staff and Bryce making one of the NCAA Tournament’s most replayed buzzer-beaters.
Since then, Drews’s journey has gone in many different directions.
Scott replaced his father at Valpo, then left after one year to take over the scandal-taintedpowerhouse. After a pro career, Bryce replaced his father and led his to tourney appearances in 2013 and 2015, then left for Vanderbilt, where he was eventually fired.
In September 2011, Homer and his wife, Janet, were diagnosed with cancer three days apart. Both had surgery, recovered, and joined their two tourney-coaching sons in Indianapolis, though they could only meet through video conferencing. And now, after 1,947 Division I , the Drews finally have a ticket to the Final Four. “I was thrilled he surpassed that Sweet 16, and we’ve always wanted one of us to get to that Final Four,” Homer Drew said. “I’m just so happy for him.”