Earlier in the year, the University of Connecticut extended the contract of interim head coach Kevin Ollie and deservedly so considering the circumstances and hot start by the Huskies this year.
While UConn cannot qualify for the NCAA Tournament this season due to low APR scores over the past few years, it quickly became apparent that Ollie, who succeeded long time head coach Jim Calhoun, is the man for the job.
Now let’s switch gears to Saint Louis and their current head coach Jim Crews.
At 21-5 overall and 10-2 within the Atlantic 10 Conference, Crews has kept the Billikens on top of all their goals despite the off-season news surrounding their former head man, Rick Majerus. The legendary head coach took a leave of absence prior to the season for health issues and then passed away in early December.
For all those members of the Billikens’ team that were fortunate enough to call him Coach, the season was dedicated in his honor while Crews took over on a full-time basis. Crews meanwhile, has done a tremendous job in keeping this team focused and winning.
On Friday night, the Billikens got their biggest win to date, going on the road at Butler and grabbing a four-point victory. In addition, the win propelled them to first place within the conference at this juncture. Saint Louis has won nine games in a row and 18 of their last 20 overall. Bottom line: it’s been an impressive year.
Similar to the Ollie situation, Crews appears to be the perfect fit to replace Majerus. If Ollie has earned a contract extension, so too has Crews.
Saint Louis likely won’t budge in this regard until after the season, but the decision should be obvious. Crews deserves a contract extension.
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