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Georgia State head coach tears Achilles while celebrating a big win

The team has an injury and the tournament hasn't even started yet.


Michelle Jaworski


Published Mar 15, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 7:33 am CDT

Georgia State University already acquired its first casualty of March Madness—and it only just got into the tournament.

It wasn’t any of its players (which include former Louisville guard Kevin Ware) but rather Georgia State Panthers head coach Ron Hunter. The team celebrated qualifying for its first NCAA tournament since 2001 by winning the Sun Belt Conference championship game against Georgia Southern as they jumped and hugged each other in celebration.

Hunter was among them, but ESPN’s broadcast went from Hunter’s son RJ, who plays for Georgia State, to video of the coach being supported as he hobbled off the court.

Someone quickly got him a pair of crutches as he went back to celebrating with the rest of the team.

Turns out, Hunter tore his Achilles tendon during the celebration, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson.

He’ll probably have to sit out on all the dancing Georgia State will be doing during its time in March Madness, but it wouldn’t surprise us if he found a way to do it anyway while he recovered.

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*First Published: Mar 15, 2015, 6:22 pm CDT