Seton Hall’s Kevin Willard Joins Other Coaches, Disagrees With Coach K

Kevin Willard has become the latest well-respected college basketball coach to disagree with Coach K’s comments about pausing the season due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Following Seton Hall’s 77-68 victory over St. John’s on Friday night, Willard was asked Coach K during the postgame press conference. His response was interesting, to say the least.

“I have a lot of thoughts,” Willard responded. “Just because someone thinks something doesn’t mean they’re right.”

The initial comments from Coach K has sparked a massive debate, and in some ways, it’s being carried out publicly.

First, it was Nate Oats. The Alabama coach questioned whether or not Coach K would’ve suggested reassessing the season had it not been for two non-conference losses to Michigan State and Illinois.

Then, Spartans coach Tom Izzo pointed to the importance of basketball for mental health.

This debate isn’t over. Far from it, actually.

Duke recently announced that the remainder of the non-conference games would not take place. The plan is for the Blue Devils to still play the conference schedule, but the criticism — and support from the other side — is mounting.

Stay tuned.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. Izzo nailed it. Mental health may be at an all time low in this country because of the draconian lockdowns. Those in their mid 20s and younger have about as much chance of dying from Covid as they do from falling down their stairs. Just because someone has won a lot of basketball games doesn’t mean he is smart or wise.

  2. Mr. Lamb, thank you for another timely, important article.

    Respectfully, the debate IS over. Tom Izzo is 100% correct. The mental health issues caused by the tyranny of governments world-wide will be felt for decades to come. As you are a well-rounded reporter, whos job is to peruse and cull voluminous amounts data and reports, I won’t bore you with the 1,000’s of links to stories of lockdown-induced adult and youth mental health tragedies. Remove emotions and fear porn, and focus on the science, all of which is demonstrably on the opposite side of lockdowns and masks.

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