Luther Burleson coached the first basketball staff in Baylor in 1907 also doubling as the soccer coach. In Baylor’s second season of basketball then cross-town rival TCU started their program that the Bears defeated twice during the 1908–09 season. Ralph Glaze’s (1911–1914) .788 winning percentage rankings in the top all time in college history. Ralph Wolf (1927–1941) lead Baylor to its very first SWC Championship in 1932 after living and beating among the first excellent tragedies in college sports in his first season as coach.
See also: List of mishaps involving sports teams
On January 22, 1927, Coach Ralph Wolf’s Baylor Basketball team was traveling by bus to play with the University of Texas. As the bus passed through Round Rock, Texas, it approached railroad tracks on the south side of the business district on a drizzly, cloudy day. As the bus crossed the paths the natives failed to listen to the sound of the train whistle and ringing bell. The motorist caught sight of the train in the last moment and attempted to maneuver clear of however, the Sunshine Special crashed into the bus near 60 miles off ripping off the roof and right side.
The Immortal Ten Memorial Ten Baylor students and basketball players were killed by the impact.  One player, James Clyde”Abe” Kelly, pushed his friend, Weir Washam, out the window at the bus just moments before the impact, rescue Washam’s life but costing Kelly his very own. The bodies of Kelly and Robert Hailey were discovered horrifically stretched throughout the cow-catcher on the front of the train, with arms locked around each other and Kelly overlooking a leg. Ivy Foster Sr. of Taylor, Texas, had heard of the accident and rushed to the train station in Taylor to meet the train and assist where needed only to find his son one of the dead.
The deceased were Jack Castellaw, Sam Dillow, Merle Dudley, L.R. “Ivey” Foster Jr., Robert “Bob” Hailey, James Clyde “Abe” Kelly, Willis Murrary, James “Jim” Walker, and William Winchester.
The rest of the 1927 season was canceled. The tragedy had reverberations over the entire nation and country and contributed to the building of the first railway overpass at Texas in which the event occurred at Round Rock. Buses were later needed to return to a complete stop and open the door at all rail crossings to listen to trains. The Immortal Ten narrative has been commemorated annually since 1927 initially in headquarters providers then later at the Freshman Mass Meeting during Homecoming Week. In 2007, the occasion was also memorialized in bronze to the Baylor campus at Traditions Plaza.
On the 90th anniversary of the catastrophe, January 22, 2017, the City of Round Rock held a memorial event to remember those who were killed in the train-bus collision. At the event, the city dedicated to the”Immortal Bridge,” that arcs over the railroad tracks where the accident occurred. Green lampposts, green-and-gold paint and other markings honor the 10 pupils who were killed there. The event was open to the general public, and attendees included Baylor administrators and student leaders, that the spirit squads, and Baylor’s Golden Wave Band.
Post World War II success Baylor men’s teams won five conference championships in the former Southwest Conference (1932, 1946, 1948, 1949*, 1950*; * denotes shared title). The Bears reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 1946, also reached the Final Four in 1948 and 1950. Bill Henderson’s 1948 group progressed to play the Kentucky Wildcats for the NCAA championship, but fell 58–42 to Adolph Rupp’s first national championship team. The group advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1950 under Henderson losing to the Bradley Braves 68–66. Bill Menefee (1962–1973) will lead the Bears into a national ranking in 1969 but failed to make the postseason that year. Menefee was the only trainer over the next 50 years to really have a career listing of over .500, and would later serve as Baylor’s athletic director in the 1980s. Gene Iba’s 1988 NCAA championship team would be the first NCAA tournament appearance for the program in 38 decades.
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The men’s basketball program was plagued by a scandal in 2003. Patrick Dennehy, a participant for the team, was murdered by former teammate Carlton Dotson; then-coach Dave Bliss was forced to resign amidst allegations that he had violated NCAA rules by making monetary payments to four players and that he made improper statements to the press characterizing Dennehy as a drug dealer. The school put itself on probation, restricted itself to 7 scholarships for two decades and enforced a post-season ban for one year. Furthermore, the NCAA further penalized the group by initiating a non-conference ban to the 2005–2006 season and extending the probationary period through the school would have restricted recruiting privileges.
Decade Long Resurgence
The 2005 Bears were hindered by just using 7 scholarship players and recorded only one win in conference playwith. Regardless of those challenges, head coach Scott Drew was able to gather a 2005 signing class ranked No. 7 nationally by HoopScoop.
The basketball program experienced a resurgence under coach Scott Drew having an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2008 for the first time in 20 years using a 9–seven summit record and the group’s first national standing in 39 decades. The January 23, 2008 116–110 5OT win over Texas A&M in College Station formally became the longest game in Big 12 history. The 2008–09 team again was rated early in the summer but stumbled to a 5–11 summit finish before heating up in the Big 12 Tournament beating both Kansas and Texas en route to the championship match versus Missouri, and lost by a score of 73–60. The 2008–2009 group listed the program’s first postseason victory since 1950 in its first round NIT victory over the Georgetown Hoyas at Waco.
The 2008–09 team went on to advance to the NIT Final in which they fell to Penn State. The 2009–10 group was again ranked in both polls and pulled off the largest road win in school history over the afterward #6 Texas Longhorns in Austin 80–77 on Jan. 30th. The Bears closed out the season with a Big 12 age finest 11–5 album and #1 at the Big 12 championship.
The 2009–10 group was picked to finish 10th in the Big 12 in the Big 12 Coaches Poll as a result of graduation of several important players from the previous calendar year. On the other hand, the team ended the regular season 23–6 and tied for 2nd in the Big 12 standings. After a 2–1 album at the Big 12 championship, the Bears were rewarded with a #1 in the South Region of the NCAA tournament. The Bears defeated #14 seed Sam Houston State 68–59 in First Round actions and then conquered #11 seed Old Dominion 76–68 in Second Round play to advance to the Sweet 16 hosted in Reliant Stadium in Houston. The Bear’s Sweet 16 match-up was 10 seed Saint Mary’s, which had defeated #2 seed Villanova the previous week ahead of the Sweet 16. The Bears won handily over the Gaels, 72–49, after leading 47–19 at the half. The Elite Eight was also held at Reliant Stadium and the Bears’ competition was the #1 seed Duke Blue Devils, the last #1 seed standing at the NCAA tournament following another three #1 seeds (Kansas, Syracuse, and Kentucky) were all defeated by lower seeded teams. In front of quite a pro-Baylor audience of over 47,000, the Bears were defeated by the Duke Blue Devils, 78–71, to end the magical run to the Elite Eight. It had been the best season in the Scott Drew era as characterized by convention standing, overall standing, wins, and NCAA tournament wins. The Bears finished the season ranked #10 from the last ESPN/Coaches Poll–the highest ranking in program history at that moment.
The 2010–11 team began the season ranked 14th (according to this AP Preseason survey ). The Bears started 7–0, and rose to 9th in the polls prior to falling to Gonzaga in a neutral court in Dallas. The team finished 18–13 overall and seven –9 in league play. The highlight of the season was Lacedarius Dunn becoming the Big 12’s all-time leading scorer, and a sweep of the series versus rated Texas A&M. After freshman star Perry Jones III was suspended by the NCAA for six games, the Bears proceeded to lose their first-round game of the Big 12 Championship from Oklahoma.
The 2012 season saw another historic effort for the Bears since they followed the 2011 year with another successful seminar run that saw the Bears win 30 games and make it to the Big 12 championship title game. The Bears were selected for the NCAA tournament and made it all of the way into the Elite Eight, which ended at a loss to eventual national champion Kentucky.
The 2013 season witnesses another winning effort for the Bears as they followed up the 2012 Elite Eight season with another successful conference run which saw the squirrels sweep both TCU and Texas Tech while only dropping one game to UT. The bears started out with a pre-season ranking of #19 in the country. The Boys finish conference play .500 and have been chosen for the NIT tournament. The Bears made it all the way to the Closing, which ended in a win over Iowa, winning the tournament in front of a sizable audience in Madison Square Garden and promising that the 2013 NIT Title.