It’s time to welcome an Unforgettable home.
Today, Sean Woods was formally introduced as the new head coach at Morehead State after four years as Mississippi Valley State, filling the vacancy left by Donnie Tyndall, who accepted the head coaching job at Southern Mississippi last month. In this past season at Mississippi Valley State, Woods led the Delta Devils to a 21-13 record and the school’s fifth-ever NCAA tournament appearance before losing to Western Kentucky in the first round.
As you would expect, Woods was very candid about his return to the Bluegrass, saying “Murray State better be worried about Morehead State” and that he wants both Kentucky and Louisville on his schedule. “You still have to play big boys if you want big-boy notoriety,” Woods said, quoting Gonzaga Coach Mark Few. Woods took Few’s philosophy even further, promising to make Morehead State the “Gonzaga of the South.”
Woods is clearly ecstatic about the move, calling Morehead State the “Taj Mahal” compared to Mississippi Valley State (ouch). In fact, he found out he got the job while he was at the Huntington airport on Friday: “I had no one to hug, no one to high five … I didn’t want to look like a crazy guy hugging people I didn’t know.” (How awesome is that visual, by the way?) By the time Woods got off his next flight in Charlotte, North Carolina, he had 96 text messages congratulating him.
His enthusiasm will surely help on the recruiting trail, as will his history at Kentucky: “I earned every bit of it … There’s probably still some of my blood in Memorial Coliseum and Rupp Arena from the exorcist that I played for.” However, Woods was careful to point out that he is “Sean Woods the Morehead State coach,” not “Sean Woods the Kentucky basketball player.” When asked the pressure that comes with following Tyndall, who led Morehead State to three of the last four NCAA Tournaments, Woods said that he doesn’t believe in the word pressure: “I work too hard … no other way but to be successful.” Woods is wasting no time preparing for the upcoming season, promising a style similar to Tyndall’s, but “faster, more exciting and entertaining.” He said that if his players buy into his system, “we’ll go places we never dreamed before,” bringing “national notoriety” to Morehead State basketball.
During possibly the best time to be a basketball fan in the state of Kentucky, things just got even more exciting. Welcome back, Sean.