Alabama men's golf assistant Mike McGraw gets head job at Baylor

Alabama gave Mike McGraw an opportunity, and McGraw helped deliver the reward.McGraw, an assistant coach on the national championship winning men's golf team, has been hired as the new head golf coach at Baylor.McGraw spent nearly a decade as the men's golf coach at Oklahoma State before he was let go following the 2013 season."I'm thrilled and humbled that (Baylor athletic director) Ian McCaw is going to give me an opportunity to come back to a part of the world I know and love," McGraw said in a press release announcing the hire. "I know the Big 12 very well, and I'm really excited about getting going in recruiting. I love the state of Texas for recruiting because there are a ton of good junior golfers. I really like the mission of the school, the size of the town and the energy on campus right now, and I couldn't be more excited."McGraw has been a part of three national championship teams. He was an assistant on Oklahoma State's title team in 2000 and the head coach when the Cowboys won the title in 2006."I am very excited for Mike," Alabama coach Jay Seawell said in a press release. "He did a great job coaching this year and was a tremendous asset for our program. He also got back to the love of the game and the love of teaching. I am glad he is getting another opportunity to lead a team, and Baylor is a great place for Mike and his wife Pam to build a program."This is the third consecutive year an Alabama golf assistant has left for a head coaching opportunity. Scott Limbaugh was hired at Vanderbilt in 2012 and Rob Bradley left for Purdue last summer.