Georgia men’s basketball coach Tom Crean had some brutal criticism for his squad following Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss.
Crean, who’s in his first year with the Georgia program, called out his current players and the program’s former coach, Mark Fox.
“It’s all on me,” Crean said after the game. “Because I’m the one who decided to keep these guys. 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 overly get mad at them because I’m the one who made the decision.
“I live with that every day, and it doesn’t mean that they’re not great kids. 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 move on. That’s what happens when there’s a job change. And I didn’t do that. And I’m not going to complain. And we’ve just got to do everything we can to fix it.”
The Bulldogs are now 10-13 on the season and have lost four straight games, three of which came by double digits.
College basketball analyst Jeff Goodman reacted to Crean’s comments:
“Tom Crean takes shots at current players and also former coach Mark Fox. Interesting look. Haven’t seen Archie Miller do this to him, or Dan Hurley do it to Kevin Ollie,” he tweeted.
Tom Crean takes shots at current players and also former coach Mark Fox. Interesting look. Haven’t seen Archie Miller do this to him, or Dan Hurley do it to Kevin Ollie. https://t.co/IyZvAHD1xt
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) February 10, 2019
“Quite a thing to say when you’re trying to land the No. 1 player in the Class of 2019,” Kyle Tucker added.
Quite a thing to say when you’re trying to land the No. 1 player in the Class of 2019. https://t.co/URacwXYx1P
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) February 10, 2019
Crean, 52, was at Indiana from 2009-17. He led the Hoosiers to four NCAA Tournaments before getting fired.