Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech have both contacted Valparaiso’s Bryce Drew about their coaching vacancies, a source told CBS Sports on Friday.
Valparaiso’s season ended Thursday night with a loss in the NIT title game.
Drew, 41, has been Valpo’s coach for each of the past five years. He’s won four Horizon League regular-season titles and four Horizon Tournament championships. And though he’s been patient with his career and turned down a Power 5 offer before, sources have told CBS Sports that Drew is intrigued by the opportunities in front of him, and that Vanderbilt is especially appealing because it’s a private school with a niche in a Power 5 league.
It should be noted that Drew’s older brother, Scott Drew, has flourished at private school with a niche in a Power 5 league. He’s been the coach at Baylor since 2003. He’s made six of the past nine NCAA Tournaments and been to the Elite Eight twice.
Bryce Drew is most famous, of course, for the game-winner he hit against Ole Miss in the 1998 NCAA Tournament while playing for his father, Homer Drew, at Valpo. He subsequently played six years in the NBA before entering the coaching profession.