Tom Crean the choice for Indiana

  • 04/01/2008 5:31 pm in

crean233444.jpgAndy Katz of ESPN broke the story this afternoon and its a done deal: Tom Crean will be the next head coach at Indiana. An Indiana trustee also confirmed Crean’s hiring to the Associated Press as did Director of Media Relations J.D. Campbell.

He will be officially announced at an 11 a.m. press conference Wednesday morning in the Hoosier Room.

Crean, 42, just completed his ninth season as the head coach of Marquette. In 2003, behind the play of Dwyane Wade, the Golden Eagles went to the Final Four and lost to eventual runner-up Kansas. This past season, Marquette beat Kentucky in the first round before falling to Stanford.

Before leaving for Marquette, Crean was Tom Izzo’s top assistant at Michigan State and recruited many of the players that eventually cut down the nets in Indianapolis in 2000 for the Spartans. He also spent time as an assistant at Pittsburgh and Western Kentucky. He is a 1989 graduate of Central Michigan.

While it’s not yet known if Crean will bring his current staff to IU, a likely addition would be his top assistant at Marquette, former Ball State head coach Tim Buckley. Buckley was originally on Crean’s staff at Marquette before coaching at Ball State for six seasons. Buckley then went to Iowa as an assistant to Steve Alford before returning to Marquette.

One interesting nugget on Buckley is that he started Marquette’s interest in Wade after discovering him at an AAU Tournament. Wade was the sixth man on his AAU team when Buckley first saw him play and played a big part in bringing him to Marquette.

For PostmanE’s reaction on Crean’s hiring head over to The Dagger on Yahoo! Sports…

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  • Kelin Blab

    VERY good point btown40 lets hope you are right…I think wade left after his sophmore season…

  • Kelin Blab

    Predictions…..

    Jamarcus stays………….
    Armon goes……………….to UAB
    EJ stays…………………….I feel more confident he will now
    Taber stays……………..

    Holloway leaves…………
    Ebanks decides to come to IU…………

    IU sanctions are enough for the NCAA. KS gets banned for 5 years……

  • hoosierfan27

    Holloway has Marquette on his short list. I think he might have a change of heart and re-sign now that we have Crean

  • BTOWN40

    Blab apparently Holloway had Marquette as one of his possible destinations after asking for his release from IU.

  • Armon is from Terre Haute and James is from Richmond.

  • BTOWN40

    Sorry to duplicate your post hfan, you out typed me on that one

  • Ryan_Btown

    I'll have to admit though…yesterday when i heard, i was pissed! I've heard mention of what these guys were like. I even heard from a former assistant coach, who's dad may or may not have been a coach here (i won't go into how I ended up at Nick's with the guy), that ellis would just tell them he wasn't gonna practice cause he didn't feel like it.

    But when dakich kicked them off, i was so angry cause of all the other stuff going on. But, if he rolled it by the ad, and the ad said go with it, do what you gotta do man.

    Hopefully they straighten up.

  • kgork

    Um..wow. Sorry if I offended you, I was making a joke. Also, it has already been rumored for a long time that this was the reason for suspension.

    Honestly, i don't think smoking weed is that big of a deal, that's what I was referring to, but I'm not going to get in a debate on your stance on drug use.

    Again, sorry if I offended you.

  • Ryan_Btown

    Agreed…I think Ebanks winds up at Memphis…mainly because I think Calipari is a crook…but Holloway may change his mind.

  • hoosierfan27

    Its cool i just hope ebanks and holloway decide to come back and would love to get armon back on the team. JE can do what he wants we dont need him

  • I would say holloway is 85% back to IU……Ebanks….I don't know this will be a test. I think armon will be back in an IU uniform and armon, crawford, holloway, and roth seems like a pretty good rotating back courts. The oldest will be a Junior….I wouldn't say that needs rebuilt.

    Does anyone know if we will have a scholorship or two left for the spring?

    Ellis, Ebanks, Mcghee would be a great small forward line up
    Thomas, Taber Not too bad at power forwards
    Holman, Pritchard at centers……not bad either

    I say you get another Juco big man at about 6/10 and what is there too rebuild………….keep our guys keep our recruits….actually control the program and coach the players and we are in the big ten hunt

  • hoosierfan27

    Agreed Memphis is on their way to their own violations. Calipari seems a little too slick for me

  • easy

    Holloway and Bassett stay. Ebanks goes to Memphis.

  • easy

    OK Crean was making 1.7 mil at Marquette. Let's guess how much it took to get him away!

    I'll start. 8 years, 2.3 mil per.

  • JamesHardy

    wade played 4 years at Marquette. he was a senior when he left…if my memory serves me correctly…

  • hoosierfan27

    Id like to know who everyone has as their starting five for next year. Here's my ideal lineup
    1-Holloway (if he comes)
    2- Armon (hopefully Roth can be an instant scorer and rotate into the lineup, Crean's Marquette teams were always good shooting teams)
    3- Ebanks
    4- Taber
    5- Deandre (Eli?)

  • JamesHardy

    My guess…however much “chump change” Mark Cuban had laying around in his couch!

  • BTOWN40

    Let's just see some COACHING and offensive movement without the ball. Anybody know what kind of offense and defense he runs, give me specifics. Hopefully he eliminates the chuck 30 footer from the IU playbook, that Bracy Wright gave to MIke Davis and Davis left in his office for Sampson. Crean throw that play out

  • BTOWN40

    Let's just see some COACHING and offensive movement without the ball. Anybody know what kind of offense and defense he runs, give me specifics. Hopefully he eliminates the chuck 30 footer from the IU playbook, that Bracy Wright gave to MIke Davis and Davis left in his office for Sampson. Crean throw that play out

    Posted in reply section first my bad

  • JamesHardy

    didn't offend me at all…as a guy who works with kids everyday, I think it's that kind of “no big deal” attitude that leads to stupid
    $h!t like suspensions….

    so if you're given a full ride to a stellar academic institution like Indiana and you “smoke” it away to get a lil high…how is that NOT a big deal? If EJ “smokes” his way out of the NBA draft…is that not a big deal?

    If you're future is already laid out for you…(i.e. you're parents are filthy rich, you've already won the lottery, etc) then sure, getting high isn't a big deal. When you're future is still in doubt like these three kids who have been named, then it SHOULD be a big deal.

    I'm not upset with you at all…please dont' take it that way…I'm just frustrated with trying to teach today's youth that the FUTURE does matter and we have adults in this world that contradict that everyday. Just frustrating….no offense taken.

  • JamesHardy

    appearently you didn't catch any of Dominic “Bracey” James' games this year?

  • BTOWN40

    Hardy as long as the players can shoot better 3's and layups than you, I know will be alright.

  • Wade left after his junior season.

    http://gomarquette.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spe

  • JamesHardy

    so…if we put our answers together…WE WERE RIGHT!!! The law of averages! Thanks A!

  • SanDiegoIUfan

    Oh my bad. Guess I should pay a little more attention to what I read!

  • peaychris

    i just hope this experience hasnt soured him to leave the program

  • peaychris

    i think EJ reminds me a lot of d wade, but with a better jumper. i have made that analogy a couple times on here

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