Tom Crean’s appearance on Pardon My Take may be of interest to Kentucky fans. The Georgia head coach, formerly at IU, said that he can go recruit against Kentucky (and be successful) and his method of recruiting works against UK.
“Our last three games with Kentucky, at Indiana, we won two out of the three,” Crean said. “We were right there. We didn’t have those guys that were recruited that way.”
Crean is a friend of Pardon My Take, one of America’s most popular sports podcasts, and PMT is a friend of Kentucky Sports Radio. PFT and Big Cat (the co-hosts of PMT) have hosted KSR the last two summers and this year should make it three straight.
PMT does a great job of bringing on guest that you may not enjoy or even hate and turning them into likable guys. Sadly, in my opinion they did that with Crean when they interviewed him last year when he was unemployed. But Crean’s slowly creeping back in the direction of dislike.
Big Cat asked Crean about his strategy recruiting and how Crean earlier mentioned that he recruits his own way and doesn’t get caught up in stars.
“You’re gonna know you’re going to have to go up against Cal every single year. You said you don’t recruit someone else’s race, and I agree with that. You obviously can’t go after Kentucky guys,” Big Cat said before being cutoff by Crean.
“Yes you can,” Crean interjected.
Well, Tom, you’re not off to a hot start. Since taking over at Georgia, UK has come into the Peach State and landed E.J. Montgomery and Ashton Hagans, two five-star players that strongly considered UGA. Hagans was once committed but backed off his pledge when Mark Fox was fired.
There are many other examples of Calipari beating Crean for recruits and that was when he was at IU, not UGA.
Later in the podcast Big Cat and PMT ask Crean to pitch them to come to Georgia as if they are two five-star twins. Crean gives a horrible pitch saying that if they go to Georgia they can have islands named after them and if they don’t play for him they will be riding the bench in the NBA. It didn’t take long to realize why Crean wasn’t known for his recruiting in Bloomington.
Anyways, he later throws another dig at Calipari.
“Calipari has never put twins in the lottery,” Crean said possibly in jest.
Maybe Crean truly forgot that Calipari actually did coach twins, or maybe it was a clear reference to Andrew and Aaron Harrison, who were both once projected lottery picks. Only Andrew Harrison heard his name on draft night back in 2015 and Aaron went undrafted.
There was actually some decent recruiting discussion on the podcast and explains why Calipari was mentioned. They discussed the uncertainty surrounding the NBA’s one-and-done rule. Many believe that the 2020 high school class will be able to go straight to the NBA Draft without having to play a year of college basketball.
Crean didn’t specifically mention 2020 but agrees the one-and-done is on the way out.
“One and done is gonna change,” Crean said. “if I was drawing it up I’d have no problem with guys coming out of high school. I think that’s fine. I was hoping that it would get to the point where they would stay two years because I think there’s such a maturity jump that you make from one year from the next.”
Before the PMT boys befriended Tom Crean they would ask their audience to pause his face on the TV and take pictures of Crean to make his head huge. It’s a little gag that PMT does from time-to-time and Crean fell victim in a horrible way.
Crean specifically asked Pardon My Take to tell its fans to start doing this to John Calipari, which could be problematic for the hall-of-fame coach. It’s a guaranteed to lead to unflattering pictures.
We can only hope that in the next six months the PMT audience forgets, and hopefully they don’t watch the games in the Bahamas. We’ll also need Calipari to not be on TV at the draft, too. You’re not safe, Cal.