ATHENS – Georgia's coach Tom Crean fell on the proverbial sword on Monday. He apologizes for his comments after this past Saturday's match against Ole Fröken.
After 80-64 home loss before a announced audience of more than 10,000 on Stegeman Coliseum and 90 former players there in conjunction with Letterman's Day, Crean derived that he wished he had tied up with some of Bulldog's returning correspondents .
Crean said Monday that he didn't really realize what he had said until he read his comments in the news report long after the match. At that time, it was too late to take them back.
"It has been in my mind since Saturday night," Crean said on Monday and talked to reporters during his regular press release before the Tuesday night's match in Texas A & M. "I wanted to wait until we got out in front of you. I definitely thought of
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"I always tell my player you can't let frustration in, and I always preach it and try to be very familiar with it. But I think I did. I think I let go of that game and the fact that we had these correspondents there and our fans in general, because I didn't; I don't think we played with the spirit and the passion we need. I looked back at these comments and I saw them and it was like I blamed the players and it was never my intention to do so. "
Crean had actually talked to reporters for quite some time during his press conference press conference after the game when a question of turnover and poor mental toughness led to one of Crean's patented long and unwritten rings. was outstretched and marked some of the media offerings, including some that would not otherwise cover the game.
"It's all on me, and I get it. The last thing I can do after making the decision to keep guys in the spring now becomes overly angry with them because I am the one who made the decision. I live with it every day. "
While Crean's comments came out as harsh and unsympathetic, the reality is that a trainer cannot revoke a student athlete's scholarship that otherwise lives up to all the other terms of his grant agreement with the institution. It is not uncommon for coaches to be honest with their accusations of how much they believe they will contribute in the field of competition, it is up to the student sport if they see it as satisfying that But their help is to remain constant unless standard behavior or academic codes are violated and undone.
"I tell the kids all the time that I believe in them and if I didn't they would not be here," Crean said. "I didn't say that and it was a mistake. I'm definitely sorry and I've apologized to them. We have talked to a lot of things and I apologize to someone else who insulted, for it was never the intention. "
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The loss to Ole Miss was Georgia's ninth in a row in the SEC, the most since 2008-09 season when they released 11 straight and ended 3-15 in league play.The Bulldogs had 20 games in the game, cast out on both offensive and defensive glasses and gave up an incredible number of other chances and pointed out on turnover.
"We had a team meeting and we all came together, coaches, too, said sophomore forward Nicolas Claxton. "Coach Crean told us what was portrait on Twitter and social media was not what he meant and he believes in us and has confidence in us. He said he still has the same confidence in us and we will finish the season as strongly as possible. "
Georgia will look for its first road season on Tuesday against a Texas A & M team that is basically the same problem. The Aggies (9-13, 2-8) only won their first road game in the 68-59 season over Missouri. But before they had lost six straight conference games. It's been the heat of eight-year-old coach Billy Kennedy.
While Bulldogs talked about and are quite aware of everything that A & M does well and not so well, it is clear that this is a team that looks specifically inward. Georgia now knows that 2018-19 will not be a memorable season from a winning position but Bulldogs are keen to show progress and perhaps point back to a season's low point that represents a round cruise during their first season under the Crean.
"Everbody's mindset is just one to get a W, of course," said junior guard Jordan Harris. "We are approaching and we are already close and we just want to get harder when the season goes by."
Said Crean: "We have to play with a spirit and passion and toughness. It is a high demand every day. When it did not happen that I like to see it happen, I think I let it come to me that day. I can't do it. It's not a reflection on how I feel about them; it's not a reflection of how I feel about us. It's not about blame and I should never have let it go into my mind. "
The irony is Crean made its apology for the day to get a commitment from the highest ranked recruitment prospects in Georgia's basketball program. Anthony "Antman" Edwards gave Bulldogs and Crean his pledge at a ceremony at Atlantis Holy Spirit Prep at 9am on Monday morning.
Since Edwards, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound combos, has not yet written a national letter of intent, Crean could not comment specifically on him. But he admitted that it had been a good day and he thinks Georgia's basketball future is bright.
"Generally, there is no one if you are in Georgia, that you have to go somewhere else," Crean said. "Everything is here. It not only starts with the beauty of the campus and it extends to the unrealistic quality of education. I have no degree from here, but you get enough people who do it and you work with people who have been here for a while and see how people know about this place and you realize that spirit and energy are here. It goes on to the sports side and we see it now on the basketball side. … If you want the best in the game and pedagogically it is completely here. "