It’s rare to be both genuinely and sarcastically excited about the exact same thing. Tom Crean becoming a head coach in the SEC is the exact center of that Venn diagram for me.
Did you know that our own Coach Calipari called Crean on the night he was hired? Cal seemed excited to have the former Hoosier head man at the helm at UGA.
“Are you coming to the league?” Kentucky’s John Calipari, the dean of SEC coaches entering his 10th season, asked Crean when he called him the night he was hired by Georgia on March 15.
“I’m coming straight to Rupp,” Crean kidded him.
Cal clearly felt that Crean was the right man for the job.
“He’s a terrific basketball coach, great guy, been a friend. I’ve known him for a long time,” Calipari said. “And he’s got a good job. Georgia is a good job. They’ve proven it over the years, and I think it’ll be great for our league, and it’s going to be great for Georgia.
The SEC has accrued a pretty incredible list of personalities: John Calipari, Bruce Pearl, Frank Martin, Tom Crean… and those are just the loudest voices. And Crean specifically might be in it for the long haul, considering the fact that his threshold for success at Georgia is considerably lower that it was at Indiana. Just making it to the Big Dance will be considered an accomplishment in Athens.
Am I irrationally excited for Crean’s SEC tenure? Very possibly. But that irrationality won’t stop me from counting down the days before we get to see Crean making a silly face on the big screen in Rupp Arena.