The Morning After: Tom Crean

  • 04/01/2008 11:39 pm in

creanie.jpgOr The Night Of: Tom Crean …

It’s over. The speculation, the rumors, the top five lists for coaching candidates — it’s over. Tom Crean is IU’s next coach. And really, I think it’s a great fit. I was infatuated with Tony Bennett like the rest of you out there; I was hoping for a big splash name too. But Crean falls somewhere in the middle of that. He’s young at 42. (Who else is relived we didn’t land Lon Kruger or Mike Montgomery? Phew.) He’s got Big Ten experience under Tom Izzo at Michigan State and recruits Chicago and Indiana. He doesn’t have to get set up for recruiting in the Midwest; he’s been doing it for years.

His coaching philosophy should fit the Indiana mold as well. His defense is tight-nosed in the half court (think of Dominic James giving some great on-ball pressure) and his offensive sets are varied and complex. (Hey, we might actually have plays and stuff!) This is not to say he’s going to succeed at every turn. That would be foolish. And it’s not to say he’s not without flaw. His NCAA tourney record might not jump out at you (5-5) and he’s only won one game in the Big Dance since Dwyane Wade left the program in 2003. He’s been to the NIT quite a bit too. But hey, he can’t come up all roses.

So first thing is first: the press conference later this morning. Crean will hopefully etch out why he made the move and what he plans to do. Then his next mission is to get a hold of Jamarcus Ellis, Armon Bassett, Terrell Holloway and Devin Ebanks. From how Ellis talked to the IDS tonight and touted how much of a recruiter Crean is, I’m hopeful we can score three of those guys back. Ebanks is probably a lost cause. From there, onwards to win over the university, boosters, fans, the state of Indiana. Think Kelvin Sampson’s barnstorming tour from a few years back.

Speaking of Kelvin Sampson, we have a guy in Crean that’s run a clean program up to this point. As far as we know, he has no problems using the telephone. After the NCAA rules in June, we hopefully will no longer be on pins and needles wondering what current setback is going to befall our Hoosiers.

So rejoice. Sit back. Relax. It only gets better from here.

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  • All at once everyone exhale…… Hhhheeeeeeww…..

    I think this is a GREAT hire. He has his work cut out for him, but he is a proven winner. I like the discipline and his no BS attitude.

    Oh NCAA, please spare us.

  • easy

    I'm ecstatic. This is perfect. Really like the guy, wanted him last time. Didn't throw his name out there much because no one thought he'd leave Marquette. I think he is a top tier coach and will prove it now that he is at a major program.

    As far as I'm concerned this is absolutely a home run and our program has its leader for the next 20+ seasons. FINALLY. Welcome Coach Crean!

  • hoosiergal

    Considering where we were 12 hours ago, I think this is fantastic. Welcome Coach Crean, now get your roller skates on. We need Armon, Holloway, a cell phone ban…….

  • southsidehitmen

    The nice thing for Crean is the first year on the job I think the heat won't be on as much as it would have been.

    Crean's teams will be tough on defense and he'll get talented players to come here.

    Hopefully he'll prove people wrong and improve his tournament resume with the Hoosiers.

  • nealE

    i didn;t know what t think at first. i was a little shocked with the timing to be honest. i thought there was no way we get this done by thursday, and screw up our image in some way that way. but, considering the circumstances, i think it's a great hire. he's definitely growing on me.

  • Raymond219

    This is a great hire. Big Ten experience and already has been coaching and recruiting in the midwest. We need to throw every ounce of support behind this guy, whether you like the hire or not, we're going to be in a rough situation next year and we need to all move on and end the division of the last decade.

  • HoosierInTheVille

    Coach Crean, welcome to the Hoosier land!

  • bahickma

    I wish he would have just come here two years ago, but with that class of James, Matthews, and McNeal how could you leave?

    This is going to end up being an awesome fit. We need to launch some sort of student outreach committee to Devin Ebanks. Get him back on board, ya know?

  • DJW

    Crean seems to fit the search criteria that IU should be looking for:
    1 – Is a great recruiter inside the boundries of Indiana.
    2- Recruits character as well as talent.
    3- Is totally committed to IU and the traditions and legacy
    4- Has character himself
    5- Knows basketball and can transfer his knowledge
    6- Motivator
    I'm iimpressed…so far

  • JamesHardy

    B-town40 and I had a discussion that went something like this…
    “After Tony B turned us down, we kind of went into panic mode. All I could think about was Zeke running the show, or Mike Montgomery collecting his pension while on our sidelines, or Alford coming back to ressurect the ghost that is Bobby. I was ready to go into POSTAL MODE. When I first heard Crean's name last night, I was indifferent. But now that I reflect back on WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN…(Kruger, Thomas, Montgomery, Alford, or Dakich), I'm kind of excited about this hire. I'm just not sure why it took the PBR committee to find this guy. Welcome aboard Coach….glad to have ya!

  • Kelin Blab

    Sorry guys but I think this is a horrible hire….I really wanted Mike Montgomory.

    Now at this point, the only thing for the next 10-12 years we will have to talk about is basketball, screening, good recruiting classes, and players improving.

    This is so so not like IU…..
    so much for the phone records being examined,
    player drug use (alledgely), iladvised 3's,
    coaches not showing up due to a cold…eerrrr fear of fans,
    no more choking players or random students,
    no more boycotts, no more “shoot every time” or “help is on the way” comments……
    no more recruiting other colleges verbal committed kids….i.e. eric gordon or robbie hummel (unless we feel we can get them)….
    no more hugging players to show you really love them and want to keep your job

    FINALLY no more “Mike Montgomory and Lon Kruger rumors……..”

  • myrddin

    Well, let's be real for a minute–it definitely isn't “It only gets better from here.”

    Let's talk again after the NCAA's final ruling. Maybe it gets better from that point.

  • Kelin Blab

    I went through the same thing bro….I almost broke down in tears when I heard reports Lon “don't call me freddy” Kruger was on a plane headed here….I don't think I could have handled that

  • Kelin Blab

    A cell phone ban….NICE

  • xxBHxx

    Yay, im excited for IU bball again!!

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    I'm good with this.

  • HoosierInTheVille

    Coach Crean, welcome to the Hoosier land!

  • bahickma

    I wish he would have just come here two years ago, but with that class of James, Matthews, and McNeal how could you leave?

    This is going to end up being an awesome fit. We need to launch some sort of student outreach committee to Devin Ebanks. Get him back on board, ya know?

  • DJW

    Crean seems to fit the search criteria that IU should be looking for:
    1 – Is a great recruiter inside the boundries of Indiana.
    2- Recruits character as well as talent.
    3- Is totally committed to IU and the traditions and legacy
    4- Has character himself
    5- Knows basketball and can transfer his knowledge
    6- Motivator
    I'm iimpressed…so far

  • JamesHardy

    B-town40 and I had a discussion that went something like this…
    “After Tony B turned us down, we kind of went into panic mode. All I could think about was Zeke running the show, or Mike Montgomery collecting his pension while on our sidelines, or Alford coming back to ressurect the ghost that is Bobby. I was ready to go into POSTAL MODE. When I first heard Crean's name last night, I was indifferent. But now that I reflect back on WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN…(Kruger, Thomas, Montgomery, Alford, or Dakich), I'm kind of excited about this hire. I'm just not sure why it took the PBR committee to find this guy. Welcome aboard Coach….glad to have ya!

  • Kelin Blab

    Sorry guys but I think this is a horrible hire….I really wanted Mike Montgomory.

    Now at this point, the only thing for the next 10-12 years we will have to talk about is basketball, screening, good recruiting classes, and players improving.

    This is so so not like IU…..
    so much for the phone records being examined,
    player drug use (alledgely), iladvised 3's,
    coaches not showing up due to a cold…eerrrr fear of fans,
    no more choking players or random students,
    no more boycotts, no more “shoot every time” or “help is on the way” comments……
    no more recruiting other colleges verbal committed kids….i.e. eric gordon or robbie hummel (unless we feel we can get them)….
    no more hugging players to show you really love them and want to keep your job

    FINALLY no more “Mike Montgomory and Lon Kruger rumors……..”

  • myrddin

    Well, let's be real for a minute–it definitely isn't “It only gets better from here.”

    Let's talk again after the NCAA's final ruling. Maybe it gets better from that point.

  • Kelin Blab

    I went through the same thing bro….I almost broke down in tears when I heard reports Lon “don't call me freddy” Kruger was on a plane headed here….I don't think I could have handled that

  • Kelin Blab

    A cell phone ban….NICE

  • xxBHxx

    Yay, im excited for IU bball again!!

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    I'm good with this.