The Tom Crean experiment in Georgia has not gotten off to the hot start the program hoped for going into the year.
And it got a whole lot uglier this afternoon.
With 16-7 Ole Miss in town, the Georgia Bulldogs suffered an embarrassing 16-point loss, dropping them to 10-13 on the year and 1-9 in the SEC.
No one on the team finished with more than ten points, they combined for 20 turnovers, and shot just 40 percent from the field. To put it simply, the entire team flat-out sucked.
After the game, instead of providing constructive criticism and words of wisdom like most coaches try to do, Crean decided to light the press conference on fire by throwing his entire roster under the bus.
In short, the Georgia head coach said it was his fault he decided to keep the scrubs on the roster when he took over the program this past offseason. Seriously.
“It’s all on me,” he said. “Because I’m the one who decided to keep these guys. It’s all on me. And I get it. Because the last thing I can do, with making decisions, on keeping guys in the program in the spring, is now get overly mad at them because I’m the one who made the decision. So I live with that every day.”
And he didn’t stop there.
Crean wanted the world to know that while these are “great kids,” they “haven’t done (anything) at any point really in their career.”
“And it doesn’t mean that they’re not great kids,” he said. “But very few programs, when there’s a takeover, when you have guys who haven’t done it at any point really in their career, a lot of those guys, they move on. That’s what happens when there’s a job change. And I didn’t do that. And so I’m not going to complain, we’ve just got to do everything we can to fix it.”
For completely hypothetical reasons, if you were, say, the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2019 and you were making your college decision, would you commit to a head coach who makes comments like that? Would you really want to play for a coach who throws his entire team under the bus following a loss?