If you missed the big news earlier today, Indiana finally fired Tom Crean. Even before the Hoosiers lost in the first round of the NIT, the writing was on the wall, and when asked about Crean being fired today, John Calipari just said he was sad for his friend and empathized with his position.
“Just disappointed,” Cal said. “Hard profession. It’s just disappointing. I feel for him and his family. I’ve been fired. I know what it’s like. I know what it is to your family, your wife, your kids. They take it harder than you take it.”
“Two Big Ten titles the last four years, had injuries this year, beat North Carolina, beat Kansas, have injuries, stuff happens. But you know what? In this profession, you’re hired and you’re fired. That’s the two things that happen. And you have to buy into that coming in.”
Regardless, Cal said he has faith that Crean may land on his feet (maybe even in the SEC?).
“Whether I think it’s right or not, I’m just disappointed. I’m disappointed for him and his family. But let me say this, someone will hire him because he’s Tom Crean. He can coach. He works. Great integrity. There will be a job. If he wants to take another job, he’ll get it. If not, he’ll sit out and do what I did. I became the highest paid amateur golfer in the country for about six months.”
For some reason, I have a very hard time imagining John Calipari golfing.