Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/19/14
WACO, TEXAS There is a strange power in being disliked and knowing it is so. It is a paradox, no doubt, and not easy to embrace despite the freedom it can bring. But scorn can force focus only on those who can be counted on, and it can offer a rare but important lesson: That what others think doesn't actually matter much. At least once you accept that, the world sees you one way and you see yourself another. This is the bizarre state the Baylor Bears have inhabited this entire season and the seasons preceding it. The program has a sordid past, yes, but the currents of dislike that flow around it on all sides, those that have made one of America's best teams and best stories a mostly unsung island, go far behind what happened in 2003. Baylor's Scott Drew is wildly unpopular among many coaches, so much so he may be the least liked head coach in college basketball, and he carries that fact with him like some sadness he can't shake. He won't address it, he is polite and quick with ...
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