Now that's how you make an entrance.
Wake Forest hired former East Tennessee State head coach Steve Forbes to be its new basketball coach on Thursday, getting who I would consider to be the best coach on the market — ETSU was one of six programs in the country to win at least 24 games each of the past five seasons — which is pretty shocking when you consider that Wake Forest AD John Currie is the same guy who tried to hire Greg Schiano as Tennessee's football coach. I suppose it helps when you're the only Power Five school which has fired its men's basketball coach since the coronavirus pandemic started.
Regardless, Wake got a great coach who could do some damage in the ACC. And boy, did he make an entrance in his introductory video. Nothing will get a fanbase more fired up right now than taking a coronavirus face mask and spiking it onto the floor of the practice gym. That's a guy who's ready to get on the recruiting trail and start winning some ballgames. I love it.
Forbes has been my top choice to replace Rick Barnes at Tennessee whenever he decides to retire, so hopefully Forbes does a good job in Winston-Salem for a few years and then comes back home — he was an assistant under Bruce Pearl when the Vols were No. 1 in the country in 2008.
Good for Wake Forest. They got a winner.