Calipari disappointed with Crean’s firing

By LARRY VAUGHT

After nine seasons and not making the NCAA Tournament this year, Indiana fired coach Tom Crean today in a move that was not totally unexpected.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said he was disappointed with the news about Crean.

“Hard profession. It’s just disappointing. I feel for him and his family. I’ve been fired. I know what it’s like. I know what it is to your family, your wife, your kids. They take it harder than you take it,” Calipari said.

“Two Big Ten titles the last four years, had injuries this year, beat North Carolina, beat Kansas, have injuries, stuff happens. But you know what? In this profession, you’re hired and you’re fired. That’s the two things that happen. And you have to buy into that coming in.

“Whether I think it’s right or not, I’m just disappointed. I’m disappointed for him and his family. But let me say this, someone will hire him because he’s Tom Crean. He can coach. He works. Great integrity.

“There will be a job. If he wants to take another job, he’ll get it. If not, he’ll sit out and do what I did. I became the highest paid amateur golfer in the country for about six months.”

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