By LARRY VAUGHT
Arkansas coach Eric Musselman had an up and down first year coaching in the Southeastern Conference after a successful run at Nevada where he found out what it was like to have “the biggest crowd every night and have a target on your back” as the team to beat every game.
Musselman finished his first SEC season as an obvious fan of Kentucky coach John Calipari based on what he told Evan Daniels, 247Sports director of basketball recruiting, in a recent interview.
“I watch a lot of press conferences and some coaches just don’t get it. It’s embarrassing some of them not being able to give credit to other coaches and what Calipari does, to me he is the greatest thing for our league,” Musselman said.
Calipari never misses a chance to tout the SEC. He brags on the level of coaching and athleticism/talent of the players.
“He finds a way to compliment every opposing team and every coach,” Musselman said. “It’s an incredible characteristic that does nothing but enhance the college game. Whether he is playing a game in conference or out of conference, he just gets it and he’s trying to do what’s best for the college game and the coaching profession.”
Musselman is not one to mince words, one reason he might get along well with Calipari.
“There are other people that have zero feel for what that looks like and they should study what he does,” Musselman said about Calipari’s approach and praise for others.