Rumors, rumors everywhere

  • 03/29/2008 8:49 pm in

There’s been no shortage of reports today regarding Tony Bennett and the Indiana job. First, it was Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports reporting that IU offered the job to Bennett. Then, you had Andy Katz of ESPN come back with a contradicting story that IU had not contacted him with a quote from Bennett that said as much. If that wasn’t enough Gary Parrish of CBS Sportsline weighed-in with his side of things and told us we’ll know if Bennett is the man within 24 hours.

A lot of you have commented asking for my take on things, so here it goes:

First, it’s important to remember that Goodman, Katz and Parrish are all trying to break this story. After all, it’s a pretty big one. Since they’re not bound to the rules of normal print media, they’re going to write about anything they feel is legitimate information from a good source. As far as Bennett telling Katz that he hasn’t talked to Indiana, what do you expect him to say? That he’s in negotiations and will arrive in Bloomington tomorrow? That’s not how it works, folks. Katz is a very good reporter, but he’s been wrong before (see his report a few years back that Steve Alford was going to Missouri). I do believe that Indiana has made contact with either Bennett or his representatives to gauge his interest. And he’s probably interested.

I can’t think of a good reason for Bennett to stay at Washington State. No offense to what Bennett has done there or the fans of the program, but let’s be honest, it’s not a destination job. Indiana is a destination and given Bennett’s ties to the Big Ten and the prestige of the program, he’d be foolish not to give it serious consideration. On the surface, he seems to be an ideal fit for the situation.

I have been told by multiple people that IU would like to have a coach in place before the Final Four, so whether or not Bennett is the man, we should know a lot more in the coming days. Until then, stay tuned…

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  • BrianK

    I know I keep reliving that feeling when i first heard Kelvin Sampson was going to be our coach. I hated that “Who? What? “feeling.

  • easy

    At least Sampson was still considered a pretty damn good coach. Kruger and Montgomery…I just can't believe those are the realistic options. Sampson screwed us worse than I thought. The sanctions are really hanging over our heads, Brand will come down hard, and I can't blame a coach for not wanting to walk into that. They'd have a hard time getting a fair shake if they struggled at first. Fans are tired of being patient. And what we need is likely patience.

  • BrianK

    Very true

  • jgongora86

    If matta could do it for Ohio State, then anyone could should be able to do it for us. I hope this doesn't make me sound like an elitist prick, but we are freaking Indiana. Nuff Said.

  • easy

    Yeah, but didn't Matta know what he was getting into? That's part of the risk here. No one will know until August. Plus Brand has it out for us.

    I honestly would rather us severely overpay for Matta or an exciting coach than settle for Monty or Kruger. I'm reading too much stuff about Bennett possibly saying no. I'm officially scared. It sounds like he might ACTUALLY say no! That just astounds me, no offense to WSU. It just seems like in any profession, particularly competitive ones, if you get a key position at a major level you want to take it. Maybe my fears will be calmed tomorrow. Certainly hope so because the other options are less than stellar. I can't stand Alford but I'd rather have him and some “upside” about him being at IU than Monty or Kruger.

    I just wish someone was reporting the Bennett covets the IU job or really wants to come here. It sounds almost like he has to be persuaded to come, which I don't like…

  • jgongora86

    Nope Matta coached a whole year before knowing the ruling. If Myles Brand tries to suspend us for a year, I say everyone in this board should chip in to sue the living F*@k out of the ncaa. We did everything right, by firing him as soon as we heard from the NCAA. From a PR stand point we backed off and did all we could do. Remember he did lie to us as well, and the NCAA admitted that in their so called findings. I would like to conduct our own investigation of other schools, and ask why they didn't do anything about these ( aka USC, Florida State, UNC with the whole letting Tyler Zeller play with NBA players thing). I know there a crap load of other schools to add, but the point is that we as a fan base need to stand up for ourselves and for people like me our school. I hate bullies, and if you fight back, chances are they will never mess with you again. Sorry I'm in an angry mood.

  • easy

    What are the chances this is a complete smokescreen, Greenspan just using the media's love affair with Bennett to divert their attention and go after someone like a Jamie Dixon? Or someone not so much on the radar. It would be similar to the Alford rumors and then pulling Sampson out of nowhere. Not even sure if I'd believe that, but it certainly follows that trend. Greenspan has been good in the past about not letting names leak, or allowing the wrong ones to leak. Matta is another one that hasn't been mentioned seriously. Or I guess Pitino too in national outlets (besides Lavin throwing his name out there tonight). Just a thought. Trying to stay optimistic. Surely we won't wind up with Kruger or Montgomery……right?…..

  • Anonymous

    tony bennett? when i grew up, indiana was a good basketball program. we let a black man run it, a native american, now tony bennett? i mean fuck. lets get a wrecking ball and tear down assembly hall tomorrow, cuz we dont give a damn anymore. why the fuck is greenspan on the committee? fuck greenspan! he is the next myles brand, and his sign-off fuck you to IU will be hiring tony bennett. i would rather have dan dakich. why you might ask? cuz dan would be fired in 2 years. it might take us 4 years before we fire tony. so hiring dan would mean that we have less time to suffer before a new fucking coach is named. my 8 year old son likes coaching, is he a candiate? i mean fuck, i would rather have the fuckin singer than the wash st. coach. fuck the state of washington. rick pitino thru his agent has said multiple times that he wants to coach at indiana. he wants one last run at a title before he goes out. i mean fuck. rick pitino wants to coach at indiana, and we want to turn him down? so if moses came to bloomington to part lake monroe, i bet greenspans jew ass would be out there stopping that shit. gosh fuckin damn it. i now question my reason for living. everything good about iu is dying. hep dies and we get bill lynch as our coach. hep can coach from the grave better than bill lynch can after eating bear bryants jizz. fuck bill lynch. he wants to kick kellen lewis off of the team after not utilizing him last year, but hey we can off guard with thigpen/mos def for the whole fuckin year so lets hiring him full time!!!!!! fuck rick greenspan and his family, i will be waiting for his 8 year old daugher to have her first son, cuz when she does, that is when i taste REVENGE!!!! VIVA LOS HOOSIERS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Ok your whole comment is hopefully deleted soon for multiple of reasons one of the biggest being ignorance and stupidity.

  • Ryan_Btown

    i’m guessing this comment won’t be on here long…deep, deep…i love when peeople represent indiana with some class

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the racism.

  • Ryan_Btown

    haha, you beat me to it

  • Anonymous

    Ohhhhhh ok theres our token village idiot

  • Anonymous

    Lol

  • BTOWN40

    As far as the sanctions go is there a panel that decides or is it ultimately up to Grreenspan?

  • BTOWN40

    I mean Brand….Guess I confused one ass with another one

  • JerryCT

    I feel like all the reports have elements of truth. I imagine a process where the committee has gone through intermediaries until an oral deal in principle is done. So for example BMK is asked to talk to father DIck on the golf course following this script:

    1. Oral discussion to agree on mutual interest.
    2. Question posed ” what will you need to come to IU “?
    3. Question is answered in personal, legal, professional levels
    4. IU decides if can meet the requirements
    5. Negotiation if the demands are complicated
    6. Oral common agreement
    7. Official process with WSU/coach then takes place and in writing
    8. Official acceptance on both sides
    9. Orchestration of the announcement

    Until the first 6 steps through intermediaries are taken then there is no need to talk face to face and embarass everyone through the media ie Rodriquez going to Alabama.

    Imagining this process scenario then all reports can be near true and to make the Thursday deadline we have already targeted our coach and are in discussions. My guess is will be at step 7 by end of day Tuesday to meet Thursday expectation.

    I seriously doubt Monty has been chosen because this would not have taken this long

  • sirkev

    Couple of things: First, if the NCAA puts us on probation, I will chip in on any website/protest/legal way of getting Miles “Useless” Brand fired/removed as the NCAA pres. Next to Selig, I can't think of a worse president / head of a sports organization right now and probation would only confirm that there is an inherient bias at the NCAA regarding IU basketball.

    Second, whoever the coach is, although at this point I think Bennett is the best choice available, their most important task is to lock down Indiana recruits. The amount of talent that has snuck away since the Davis era is the biggest reason why IU has had its share of struggles in the 2000's. I expect us to get at least 1 of the top 2 every year and at least 2 of the top 4. Anything less will lead us right back to where we are now.

  • sirkev

    While I am not enthused about Montgomery or Kruger they are not the worst hires in the world. Outside of the NBA, which can't compare to college, both men have won everywhere they have been. I know Montgomery has always run a clean program and it would be interesting to see the types of players he could recruit without the academic restraints that were on him at Stanford. I think Kruger can say the same, plus he beat Wisconsin last year in the 2nd round, so that's another plus 🙂

    Bottom line, while they would not be my first choice, I think that they would bring 25+ win seasons and the opportunity to compete for Big 10 and NCAA titles.

  • BTOWN40

    As far as the sanctions go is there a panel that decides or is it ultimately up to Grreenspan?

  • BTOWN40

    I mean Brand….Guess I confused one ass with another one

  • JerryCT

    I feel like all the reports have elements of truth. I imagine a process where the committee has gone through intermediaries until an oral deal in principle is done. So for example BMK is asked to talk to father DIck on the golf course following this script:

    1. Oral discussion to agree on mutual interest.
    2. Question posed ” what will you need to come to IU “?
    3. Question is answered in personal, legal, professional levels
    4. IU decides if can meet the requirements
    5. Negotiation if the demands are complicated
    6. Oral common agreement
    7. Official process with WSU/coach then takes place and in writing
    8. Official acceptance on both sides
    9. Orchestration of the announcement

    Until the first 6 steps through intermediaries are taken then there is no need to talk face to face and embarass everyone through the media ie Rodriquez going to Alabama.

    Imagining this process scenario then all reports can be near true and to make the Thursday deadline we have already targeted our coach and are in discussions. My guess is will be at step 7 by end of day Tuesday to meet Thursday expectation.

    I seriously doubt Monty has been chosen because this would not have taken this long

  • sirkev

    Couple of things: First, if the NCAA puts us on probation, I will chip in on any website/protest/legal way of getting Miles “Useless” Brand fired/removed as the NCAA pres. Next to Selig, I can't think of a worse president / head of a sports organization right now and probation would only confirm that there is an inherient bias at the NCAA regarding IU basketball.

    Second, whoever the coach is, although at this point I think Bennett is the best choice available, their most important task is to lock down Indiana recruits. The amount of talent that has snuck away since the Davis era is the biggest reason why IU has had its share of struggles in the 2000's. I expect us to get at least 1 of the top 2 every year and at least 2 of the top 4. Anything less will lead us right back to where we are now.

  • sirkev

    While I am not enthused about Montgomery or Kruger they are not the worst hires in the world. Outside of the NBA, which can't compare to college, both men have won everywhere they have been. I know Montgomery has always run a clean program and it would be interesting to see the types of players he could recruit without the academic restraints that were on him at Stanford. I think Kruger can say the same, plus he beat Wisconsin last year in the 2nd round, so that's another plus 🙂

    Bottom line, while they would not be my first choice, I think that they would bring 25+ win seasons and the opportunity to compete for Big 10 and NCAA titles.