By LARRY VAUGHT
When he was coach at Indiana, Tom Crean seemed to have a knack for infuriating Kentucky fans.
The annual UK-Indiana series went by the wayside and no matter how much some tried to get the schools back playing each year, it didn’t happen — and still hasn’t even after Crean left.
Crean recently was named head coach at Georgia after the Bulldogs fired Mark Fox. Now he’ll get a chance to go head to head with UK and coach John Calipari on the court at least twice each season.
He’ll also have to go against Calipari in recruiting as he did with E.J. Montgomery this spring — and Montgomery picked Kentucky. Kentucky also has a verbal commitment from Georgia junior guard Ashton Hagans.
But once again, Crean is going to find a way to irritate UK fans. He was on ESPN’s “Pardon My Take” podcast and was as brash as ever when it comes to Calipari and Kentucky.
“You’re going to have to go up against Cal every single year. You said you don’t recruit someone else’s race, and I agree with that. You obviously can’t go after Kentucky guys,” Pardon My Take co-host Dan Katz told Crean.
The coach’s response?
“Yes you can,” Crean said on the podcast.
Crean also correctly pointed out that he did beat UK two of the last three times he faced the Cats at Indiana. That included one NCAA Tournament win.