Crean’s words ir­ri­tate Ge­or­gia player’s mom

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - SPORTS - BY DAVID PASCHALL STAFF WRITER

Com­ments made Satur­day by first-year Ge­or­gia men’s bas­ket­ball coach Tom Crean af­ter an 80-64 home loss to Ole Miss did not sit well with the mother of one of his play­ers.

Satur­day’s set­back was the eighth con­sec­u­tive South­east­ern Con­fer­ence de­feat for the Bull­dogs (1013, 1-9). Crean ex­plained af­ter­ward that Ge­or­gia’s strug­gles are par­tially due to the fact he didn’t run off any play­ers from the pre­vi­ous regime of Mark Fox.

“It’s all on me, be­cause I’m the one who de­cided to keep these guys,” Crean said in a news con­fer­ence. “The last thing I can do is now get overly mad at them, be­cause I’m the one who made the de­ci­sion, so I live with that ev­ery day. It doesn’t mean that they’re not great kids, but very few pro­grams — when there is a takeover and there are guys who haven’t done it at any point re­ally in their ca­reers, a lot of these guys move on.

“That’s what hap­pens when there’s a job change, and I didn’t do that.”

Shantell Crump, the mother of ju­nior guard Tyree Crump, re­sponded to Crean’s com­ments with a post on Twit­ter.

“Re­ally? Tom Crean, you want to blame the play­ers?” she said. “What coach would say some­thing like this to the me­dia about his play­ers.”

Ge­or­gia will try to snap its skid Tues­day night at Texas A&M (9-13, 2-8), but the Bull­dogs could re­ceive some very good news well be­fore that.

Anthony Ed­wards, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound shoot­ing guard from from Holy Spirit Prep in At­lanta, is sched­uled to an­nounce his col­lege de­ci­sion this morn­ing. The No. 2 over­all prospect na­tion­ally in the 247Sports.com rank­ings is con­sid­er­ing Florida State and Ken­tucky in ad­di­tion to the Bull­dogs.

Con­tact David Paschall at [email protected]­freep­ress.com or 423-757-6524.

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