All anyone cares about right now is what’s wrong with PJ Washington’s foot, to the point that Abilene Christian coach Joe Golding was asked about it during his press conference in Jacksonville this morning. Shoutout to Golding for a perfect response.
“Well, if he shows up to play in a walking boot and Coach Cal lets him play in a walking boot, we might have a chance,” Golding quipped. “If he takes the walking boot off, we’ve got a problem. He’s really good. He’s talented. He’s one of eight problems we have on their roster.”
Golding went on to praise Washington, jokingly asking reporters for suggestions on how to stop him.
“I honestly — I don’t know what we’re going to do. We’re still trying to figure that out. He’s an incredible talent. If he’s making shots and he’s scoring the ball on the block, then he’s really tough to defend. So we’ve got to try to force him away from the rim as much as we can, but that’s easier said than done. You’ve got four other pros on the floor with him, too.
“We’ve got our hands full on that and still trying to figure that out. If you’ve got any ideas, I’d love for you to share them with me, man. You’ve probably seen them a little more than I have.”
Most likable opposing coach ever? Golding’s clearly embracing the moment and encouraging his players to do the same.
“Here’s the deal, man, we couldn’t have got a better draw. We’re playing the University of Kentucky. I mean, one of the most historic blue bloods, maybe the most historic blue-blood college basketball program in the country. You’re playing five-star recruits. You’re playing a Hall-of-Fame coach, the best fan base in the country. So any time anybody the next 48 hours is going to talk about the University of Kentucky, they’re going to mention Abilene Christian. So it’s an incredible way for us to share our story of our university.”
“We could play Kentucky, I don’t know, man, 10,000 times, we might win once, but that’s March Madness. That’s what tomorrow night’s about.”