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I Can’t Wait to See Tom Crean in Rupp Arena

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.

[Augusta Chronicle]

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.

@JayWinkKSR

Article written by Jay Winkler

Avid fan of UK Athletics, WWE, and chicken wings. Preferably at the same time.

7 Comments for I Can’t Wait to See Tom Crean in Rupp Arena



  1. VolsSuck
    1:20 pm May 6, 2018 Permalink

    If the chant “home-and-home” doesn’t happen at Rupp, we aren’t doing our job as a fanbase.



    • runningunnin.454
      2:27 pm May 6, 2018 Permalink

      Ha ha ha ha; actually I was impressed with Crean as an analyst, maybe he should stick to that.
      As to the home-and-home…he should be careful what he wishes for; he will probably get it.



  2. Alleykat16
    5:46 pm May 6, 2018 Permalink

    Yea this year I do believe we will have a home and home with the Dawgs and I hope we as fans give Captain Creep a hard night at Rupp. One he won’t soon forget



  3. catheaven
    5:56 pm May 6, 2018 Permalink

    Hey, Jay, as a fun follow up to your article here, why not post the infamous video of the despondent Indiana fan making a video in his car ranting about Tom Crean as Indiana’s coach? It was hysterical. Guy kept calling him “Tom Cream”. Was serious. Didn’t even know coach’s name. Would love to see that again. Good laughs.

  4. How long does will it take before he self reports his first minor recruiting violation because he was “ignorant” of the situation? Tom Creans most lasting IU legacy was a never ending probation.



  5. jdarren1963
    7:37 am May 7, 2018 Permalink

    Georgia better expand their trophy case. They’ll be getting trophies for SEC championship quarter finals.



  6. ukcats1776.90
    8:57 pm May 7, 2018 Permalink

    hide your teenage boys!!!! unless you want them kissed on the mouth