On second thought ...
In the words of the late Eddie Rabbitt — “But on second thought...” Here are a handful of college basketball coaches who’ve turned around in their tracks only days after joining a new team, going back to the school they’d left behind.
Earlier this spring, Creighton University (Neb.) coach Dana Altman was introduced as head coach of the University of Arkansas basketball team, but after two days, Altman returned to Creighton.
In 2006, Winthrop University’s head coach Gregg Marshall accepted the job at the College of Charleston, only to have a change of heart and return to Winthrop (in Rock Hill, S.C.) the next day. Marshall now is head coach at Witchita State University in Kansas.
In 1993, Bobby Cremins left George Tech to coach the basketball team at South Carolina — but pulled an about-face and went back to Georgia Tech two days later. Cremins coached the Yellow Jackets for 19 seasons — winning three ACC titles — before retiring. After six years out of the game, he was hired in 2006 to coach at Charleston — a job that was open because Marshall had backed out.
That gives Charleston a connection to two of the three second-thought scenarios. Asked about Marshall’s decision to pass on the Charleston job after accepting, Cremins replied at the time, “He pulled a Bobby Cremins.”
— Compiled by Dave Scheiber, along with information from the Associated Press.