Sunday, April 03, 2005

Hoops: What about Bobby Cremins' Blood?

Well, evidently there's still basketball running through those viens of his. Story here....... You know, he hasn't changed. He's still one of the nicest guys to ever coach, and he's still as thankful and humble as ever:

"I've had a great life. I continue to have a great life. But I will not close the door. If something happens that I think I should go back, then I will go back."

Here's what he said about the Virginia coaching job:

"UVA's the type of job I would be interested in," he said. "But they're going to go after the hot names. They don't want a guy who's been out of coaching for five years. They're going to go after the best and the brightest today, and I don't blame them."

Coaching is coaching," explained Cremins, who led the Yellow Jackets to their first Final Four in 1990. "The dream jobs are going to be tough to get. But if I want to go back -- Tulane called -- I could get back if I want. If I have to go mid-division, that's fine.

What about rooting for the Jackets today?

Though the Rambling Wreck program slipped in Cremins' final years, there's no bitterness. During the Yellow Jackets' run to the NCAA final last season, Cremins was their biggest fan.

"I was right there with (former GT standouts) John Salley, Mark Price, Dennis Scott -- we were all there together," Cremins said. "It was unbelievable. I couldn't believe what (coach) Paul Hewitt had accomplished. I couldn't actually believe I was sitting watching Georgia Tech play for the national championship. There were times I thought I was dreaming."

You know, none of us liked the way things ended with Coach Cremins, but all that doesn't matter. Coach Cremins holds a special place in our hearts and always will.