ITH Super Happy Fun Time Coaching Search: Tom Crean

crean.JPGKelvin is out the door and Dan is not our man, so that can only mean one thing: It’s coaching search time! Here’s a look at the candidates that could land in Bloomington. We’ll give you the pros, the cons and the bottom line. This morning: Marquette’s Tom Crean.

Pros: Crean’s Big Ten ties run deep as he was the associate head coach at Michigan State prior to his first head coaching job at Marquette. He helped Tom Izzo recruit many of the players that cut down the nets in 2000 in Indianapolis. In 2003, Crean’s Marquette team crashed the Final Four riding the hot hand of Dwyane Wade. He also developed current NBA players Steve Novak and Travis Diener. A popular knock on Crean was that he couldn’t win in March without Wade, but he advanced to the second round this year with a win over Kentucky. After two NIT seasons in the post-Wade era, Marquette has been to three straight NCAA Tournaments. His coaching tree is growing as four former assistants have moved on to head coaching jobs including Darrin Horn of Western Kentucky. At just 42 years of age (today is his 42nd birthday), he’s young enough to be a long-term solution.

Cons: As I mentioned above, he’s never won big in the NCAA Tournament without Wade. He’s 1-4 in March minus the Miami Heat star. His contract could become an obstacle — it runs through 2016-2017 — and he’s paid well over $1.7 million annually making him one of the highest paid coaches in the land. Crean is a Michigan native and his dream job is probably in East Lansing, but unless Izzo bolts, that job is unlikely to open anytime soon.

The bottom line: Crean’s price tag will likely be too high for Indiana to make him a serious candidate. For the kind of money he’ll command, IU could likely snag a bigger name that would generate more buzz for the program. Still, he’s a dark horse candidate worth mentioning because he’s a proven winner that recruits the state of Indiana hard.

This afternoon, PostmanR will break down Tony Bennett of Washington State.

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  • xxBHxx

    No thanks, next please!

  • JerryCT

    I donot like his sdieline demeanor and I think it is worse at practices. I sense the players get worn out by this and thus, no surprise they are not so good in the NCAA.

    I definitely want to see your Bennett analysis. I have done alot of research on this guy, taped some games earlier in the season and was among the first to promote Bennett on this site so you better have your facts and analysis in shape

  • JerryCT

    Oh ……..and about price that everyone seems to get cranked about;

    Every tier #1 coach comes with a high price . I doubt we hired KS and are building the 80,000 sq ft practice facility becasue we are not aggressively trying to be a tier #1 program.

    Every tier #2 coach that has a good year at IU will become high priced anyway.

    Forget price , it will only be used as a tie breaker

  • tberry

    Crean is good but has never seemed quite good enough to me. I think he would do if none of the coaches with better record were not available. At least he has been a head coach long enough to give us a real feel for his long tern abilities.

    Compareed to Crean both Miller and especially Bennett have fairly short head coaching records.

  • http://www.xl950.com CoveyDale

    i thought this in 2006 as well: crean would be a disaster.

    he is a good recruiter, but what has that translated to? dominic james, wes matthews, jerel mcneal, dameon mason, and lazar hayward were all 4-star recruits and they have won ONE NCAA Tournament game combined (and ONE NIT win in 3 appearances). this is also the same guy that wanted lance stemler to come in and be their #1 offensive option. yikes.

    they've lost three times as a higher-seed in the First Round of the Tournament (2002, 2006, 2007) and their best team since the Dwayne Wade-led Final Four team in '03 couldn't even get out of the first weekend this season.

    crean seems like a nice guy but, unlike 2006, there are much more qualified candidates with a much higher upside available to Indiana this time around.

  • http://majorbeef.wordpress.com redandy75

    JerryCT…. we can still get a top tier coach and not have to pay a buyout for the next ten years to Marquette.

    I'm looking forward to the Bennett analysis as well. I think we may have a legit shot at a coach like Tony Bennett or Mark Brownell. We as fans like to throw around names like Pearl, Crean, Izzo, and Few. But, the truth is Indiana needs a fresh face who can come in and not be haunted by past transgressions or failed expectations.

    Also, this website is quickly becoming one of my faves, you guys at ITH do a great job…. keep up the stellar work!

  • southsidehitmen

    To be honest, I don't think Crean would leave Marquette for Indiana.

    Crean has had chances to bolt Marquette for other schools (namely the hated U of I) but has continued to stand pat. I think the only job he would ever leave Marquette for (where he is loved) would be Michigan State.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    Those of you without an avatar (picture), it's easy to set one up. Just head over to disqus and set it up.

  • http://majorbeef.wordpress.com redandy75

    EDIT: I said Mark Brownell… I meant Brad Brownell of Wright State.

  • http://majorbeef.wordpress.com redandy75

    Thanks for the tip, Big A. The avatar is much better than the light-socket-face.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    I agree and would encourage everyone to set one up.

  • http://cubshaikus.blogspot.com SocksShortsSwish

    Crean seems like an animated version of Mike Davis to me. Great recruiter, and his kids stall and lose in big games. How good should they be with two guards like James and McNeal?

    Better than a 2nd round exit.

  • http://matthewjenks.blogspot.com/ Matt_J

    I tried setting one up, but my picture ended up being tiny and hidden up in the upper left hand corner. I'll try again when I get home.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com Alex

    There is a cropping tool you have to use on there. If you can't get it figured out, shoot me an email.

  • xxBHxx

    Mike Davis is a great recruiter? o.0

  • xxZPxx

    I completely pass on Tom Crean and I am looking forward to the next bio on my number one candidate, Tony Bennett. It makes soooo much sense. I will save my rant for the article.

  • BayAreaHoosier

    can't wait for the bennett analysis. hate the pac-10, but i like his gritty defense.

  • nealE

    he seems slimy to me. it's just something about those glasses. just creepy. he reminds me of tom arnold, if he taught high school english. that doesn't a whole lot of sense, i realize this. in short, i say no. in fact, i'd rather have barney coach our team. harsh, but true.

    more on point, he is, like everyone else has said, far too expensive. we can definitely get more bang for our buck.

  • http://matthewjenks.blogspot.com/ Matt_J

    Like I said, I'll try it out again when I get home. I have better pictures there, anyway. Plus, here, I have to do stuff like “work” and “look productive” and “not set fire to the lab”. Harumph.

  • BrianK

    I've never been big on him and was against him back in 06. I thnk he's a better recruiter then he is a coach. Also he kinda looks like a young thin Tom Arnold.

  • JerryCT

    I have moved on from Crean already. If we get Bennett I see us instantly as good as his current team since we can look almost alike:

    Ellis becomes Weaver
    Thomas becomes Baynes
    Holman becomes COwgill
    Bassett becomes Low
    Crawford becomes Rochestie

    Our team attitude will be better as well. Plus he can get them international experience over the summer and realistically talk NBA with them.

  • Kelin Blab

    Before we get to Tony Bennet I think Sean Miller needs some man love from ITH first..that guy works his ass off on the sidelines and really really outcoached IU in that chicago tourney…….and get this…..they actually run an offense where more than 3 guys move at ONCE. Impressive eh'…………

    Crean is down on the list and that is only if we get no's from all the other guys. I also read a recent story on how skiles would get an interview………that should not happen.

  • Kelin Blab

    Big A I shouldn't have opened my mouth, removing ebanks and holloway from our recruiting list of 2008 looks horrible….put some more names in there, doesn't matter who………

  • JerryCT

    Miller should get some looks i agree but keep in mind:

    1. Inherited a program built by others over many years( Matta, Prosser, Gillen )
    – Bennett is building his own from the ground up, exactly what IU needs
    2. Very narrow recruiting space in Ohio ( see his players roster )
    3. No experience winning recruiting battles for top 100 players
    4. contract to 2015
    5. has Crean's sideline demeanor

    Good coach however and I could support it . I still Like jay Wright and Bennett better

  • tberry

    Wright is a great coach but i just can't see him leaving Villanova. He is kind of like a long tern Rollie Massimino replacement who wants to stay until he is tired of coaching. I think he is where he wants to be.

  • ALH_00

    Tom Arnold…absolutely. I've never heard him speak, but if he also sounds like Arnold that would be hilarious…he's already jittery enough…looks like him, acts like him, etc…

  • BrianK

    I feel ya. I'm on this site most of the time while I'm at work and I feel the whole not set fire to the lab” rule is soo overrated. Bad part is it takes me longer because I suck at typing.

  • http://matthewjenks.blogspot.com/ Matt_J

    I dun got it figgered out. Thanks for the help!

  • JerryCT

    Miller should get some looks i agree but keep in mind:

    1. Inherited a program built by others over many years( Matta, Prosser, Gillen )
    – Bennett is building his own from the ground up, exactly what IU needs
    2. Very narrow recruiting space in Ohio ( see his players roster )
    3. No experience winning recruiting battles for top 100 players
    4. contract to 2015
    5. has Crean's sideline demeanor

    Good coach however and I could support it . I still Like jay Wright and Bennett better

  • tberry

    Wright is a great coach but i just can't see him leaving Villanova. He is kind of like a long tern Rollie Massimino replacement who wants to stay until he is tired of coaching. I think he is where he wants to be.

  • ALH_00

    Tom Arnold…absolutely. I've never heard him speak, but if he also sounds like Arnold that would be hilarious…he's already jittery enough…looks like him, acts like him, etc…

  • BrianK

    I feel ya. I'm on this site most of the time while I'm at work and I feel the whole not set fire to the lab” rule is soo overrated. Bad part is it takes me longer because I suck at typing.

  • http://matthewjenks.blogspot.com/ Matt_J

    I dun got it figgered out. Thanks for the help!

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