A lot of coaches joke about how they'd give up their right leg to take a team to the NCAA tournament.
Apparently Georgia State's Ron Hunter took it literally.
While celebrating his team's victory over Georgia Southern in the Sun Belt championship game Sunday, Hunter managed to tear his Achilles tendon right there on the court and had to be carried back to the bench and into the locker room. Watch and cringe here:
How did it happen? Well, it appears it might've been an inside job! Hunter's son, R.J., the team's leading scorer, knocked his dad over while attempting to give him a big hug. A touching, but painful moment for pops.
Even as he was wincing in pain, though, Hunter could be seen smiling on the bench as his team celebrated the school's first NCAA tournament bid in 14 years. He later came out on crutches and no one -- and certainly no injury -- could wipe that smile off of his face.
After all, if anyone should be used to this, it's Hunter. In his prior head-coaching stop at IUPUI, he, well ... let's let Horizon League assistant commissioner fill you in:
Ron Hunter once broke his foot from stomping on the IUPUI sideline, so I'm not shocked to hear he tore his Achilles celebrating today.— Bill Potter (@billpotter_HL) March 15, 2015