Around the Hall: Tom Crean

  • 04/02/2008 6:42 am in

Here’s a link dump with the best stories this AM on the Tom Crean hiring. Enjoy.

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  • jgongora86

    Got to give the guy a lot of credit. He knows how to conduct a press conference. Very charming and to the point.

  • jgongora86

    Got to give the guy a lot of credit. He knows how to conduct a press conference. Very charming and to the point.

  • jgongora86

    He refrenced the candy striped pants…… he gets it. I'm cool with him now.

  • jgongora86

    He refrenced the candy striped pants…… he gets it. I'm cool with him now.

  • BTOWN40

    I'm rockn my candystriped warmups right now, all I need is my Crean and Crimson T-shirt

  • BTOWN40

    I'm rockn my candystriped warmups right now, all I need is my Crean and Crimson T-shirt

  • Kelin Blab

    One interesting thing Crean just said was HE is responsible for player development…hear that EJ…Player development

  • Kelin Blab

    One interesting thing Crean just said was HE is responsible for player development…hear that EJ…Player development

  • monkeybusinessiu

    Thoughts from the press conference:
    – Apparently Greenspan is in as deep poop with his wife as he is with the fans. He had to get her flowers too.
    – They keep talking about the Bennett thing. IU is denying offering the job to anyone but Crean. Uh huh, yeah right.
    – Greenspan looks like he's aged ten years in the last two. I almost feel bad for the guy.
    – Crean has a shirt or something, and is wearing an IU colored tie. He shook a few hands, including Bill Mallory's. Nice touch.
    – New shirt: Crean & Crimson. Ten to one the student section becomes the Crean & Crimson Crew
    – Crean is thanking his family. Blah blah blah, we get it, you like your wife and kids. Here”s what he should have said: “I'd like to thank my wife for letting me take the best open basketball job ever.”
    – Talking about the 76 championship game. Loved watching Indiana. Yeah yeah, we get it.
    – He keeps talking about growing up in Michigan. That's north, dude. Stop talking about Michigan.
    – I keep waiting for him to go, “Why am I coming to Indiana? Because it's INDIANA, you morons!”
    – Crean basically agrees with me. “It's Indiana. It's Indiana.”
    – He has an 8 year contract.
    – He says he's going to learn about Indiana. Here's what you have to know: we like basketball. A lot. We like IU. We like winning. That's about it.
    – He's setting the bar low by calling it a “challenging situation.” I guess Crean is a coaching masochist.
    – We don't care about Marquette. They're in Wisconsin. We're in Indiana. Tell us more about what an honor it is to be at Indiana. We liked that.
    – What does a head coach tell his players as he's leaving? “Sorry boutcha, got a better offer. Have fun doing whatever. Peace.”
    – Praising IU, talking about his experience at Michigan State. This is the first time I've had that feeling like “He gets it.”
    – “The opponent will know that they are smack dab in the middle of Hoosier Nation.” There it is again. Goosebumps.
    – Someone find me a Crean & Crimson t-shirt. Stat!
    – Q&A Time! First question: recruiting and the dismissed players. Seems like he's dodging the question, talking about the KS mess. Kinda iffy on his answer.
    – He's certainly enthusiastic. I'll give him that.
    – Crean just called IU anywhere from a top 10 to the #1 program in the country. Sounds about right.
    – Bob Kravitz asking the technical questions. Offensive and defensive styles. Talking about conditioning. Mental toughness. Etc.
    – Talking about competing against Izzo.
    – Louisville guy asks about recruiting. How about “Everywhere from Chicago to Miami, from New York to LA?”

    Okay, this is boring. All in all, I'm impressed. I think he'll be good for this program.

  • monkeybusinessiu

    Thoughts from the press conference:
    – Apparently Greenspan is in as deep poop with his wife as he is with the fans. He had to get her flowers too.
    – They keep talking about the Bennett thing. IU is denying offering the job to anyone but Crean. Uh huh, yeah right.
    – Greenspan looks like he's aged ten years in the last two. I almost feel bad for the guy.
    – Crean has a shirt or something, and is wearing an IU colored tie. He shook a few hands, including Bill Mallory's. Nice touch.
    – New shirt: Crean & Crimson. Ten to one the student section becomes the Crean & Crimson Crew
    – Crean is thanking his family. Blah blah blah, we get it, you like your wife and kids. Here”s what he should have said: “I'd like to thank my wife for letting me take the best open basketball job ever.”
    – Talking about the 76 championship game. Loved watching Indiana. Yeah yeah, we get it.
    – He keeps talking about growing up in Michigan. That's north, dude. Stop talking about Michigan.
    – I keep waiting for him to go, “Why am I coming to Indiana? Because it's INDIANA, you morons!”
    – Crean basically agrees with me. “It's Indiana. It's Indiana.”
    – He has an 8 year contract.
    – He says he's going to learn about Indiana. Here's what you have to know: we like basketball. A lot. We like IU. We like winning. That's about it.
    – He's setting the bar low by calling it a “challenging situation.” I guess Crean is a coaching masochist.
    – We don't care about Marquette. They're in Wisconsin. We're in Indiana. Tell us more about what an honor it is to be at Indiana. We liked that.
    – What does a head coach tell his players as he's leaving? “Sorry boutcha, got a better offer. Have fun doing whatever. Peace.”
    – Praising IU, talking about his experience at Michigan State. This is the first time I've had that feeling like “He gets it.”
    – “The opponent will know that they are smack dab in the middle of Hoosier Nation.” There it is again. Goosebumps.
    – Someone find me a Crean & Crimson t-shirt. Stat!
    – Q&A Time! First question: recruiting and the dismissed players. Seems like he's dodging the question, talking about the KS mess. Kinda iffy on his answer.
    – He's certainly enthusiastic. I'll give him that.
    – Crean just called IU anywhere from a top 10 to the #1 program in the country. Sounds about right.
    – Bob Kravitz asking the technical questions. Offensive and defensive styles. Talking about conditioning. Mental toughness. Etc.
    – Talking about competing against Izzo.
    – Louisville guy asks about recruiting. How about “Everywhere from Chicago to Miami, from New York to LA?”

    Okay, this is boring. All in all, I'm impressed. I think he'll be good for this program.

  • Kelin Blab

    He says he will visit with Ebanks and Holloway quickly….listening to this guys energy…I want him to recruit my son NOW….and he is 2. Damn when is midnight madness….

  • Kelin Blab

    He says he will visit with Ebanks and Holloway quickly….listening to this guys energy…I want him to recruit my son NOW….and he is 2. Damn when is midnight madness….

  • Mr_C

    I would bet good money Dwayne Wade will call EJ by the end of the week telling him to stay.

  • Mr_C

    I would bet good money Dwayne Wade will call EJ by the end of the week telling him to stay.

  • xxBHxx

    Dude Pat and Gene are idiots.. just ignore what they write. They have such a stong bias it makes reading there columns pointless. No need to bash ESPN.. You can't go wrong with the sports guy, thats a must read everytime.

  • xxBHxx

    Dude Pat and Gene are idiots.. just ignore what they write. They have such a stong bias it makes reading there columns pointless. No need to bash ESPN.. You can't go wrong with the sports guy, thats a must read everytime.

  • aceman07

    I just wish ESPN still reported sports instead of having all of these guys who try to predict the future and spend so much time on their agendas. For instance, I got so sick and tired of listening to the crap about the Pac-10 during this basketball season and how they were the best or second best conference in the country. As it turns out, the two good teams (UCLA and Stanford) that we all could identify were the only two teams to do anything in the tournament while the rest of them were worthless (perfect example being Arizona who shouldn't have been in the tournament in the first place!)!!! I really felt like ESPN helped the Pac-10 and influenced the selection committee because that's all we heard about all year long. Right before the tournament I listened to an ESPN analyst predict upsets over Wisc and Mich St. in the first round because of how week he thought the Big-10 was this year and you see how that turned out!

  • aceman07

    I just wish ESPN still reported sports instead of having all of these guys who try to predict the future and spend so much time on their agendas. For instance, I got so sick and tired of listening to the crap about the Pac-10 during this basketball season and how they were the best or second best conference in the country. As it turns out, the two good teams (UCLA and Stanford) that we all could identify were the only two teams to do anything in the tournament while the rest of them were worthless (perfect example being Arizona who shouldn't have been in the tournament in the first place!)!!! I really felt like ESPN helped the Pac-10 and influenced the selection committee because that's all we heard about all year long. Right before the tournament I listened to an ESPN analyst predict upsets over Wisc and Mich St. in the first round because of how week he thought the Big-10 was this year and you see how that turned out!

  • xxBHxx

    that would be so pro.. how could you argue with wade?

    wade – “uhh yea ej i stayed 3 years and look what happened to me.”
    ej – “point taken, im staying”

  • xxBHxx

    that would be so pro.. how could you argue with wade?

    wade – “uhh yea ej i stayed 3 years and look what happened to me.”
    ej – “point taken, im staying”

  • Don't forget that the ACC was the BEST conference EVER by the numbers this year.

    I guess it helps when you have three teams beat up on Davidson while Steph Curry is injured. And then run the circuit of beating D-1 newcomers NCCU and Presbyterian.

    But, they are the BEST!

    And, isn't “The Sports Guy” Bill Simmons? I think I'd rather have testicular torsion than read anything written by that hack.

  • Don't forget that the ACC was the BEST conference EVER by the numbers this year.

    I guess it helps when you have three teams beat up on Davidson while Steph Curry is injured. And then run the circuit of beating D-1 newcomers NCCU and Presbyterian.

    But, they are the BEST!

    And, isn't “The Sports Guy” Bill Simmons? I think I'd rather have testicular torsion than read anything written by that hack.

  • Since Gordon's announcement is supposed to come on Friday, I would hope that Wade calls a little sooner than that.

  • Since Gordon's announcement is supposed to come on Friday, I would hope that Wade calls a little sooner than that.

  • GossMan

    I am only giving my opinion…nothing factual…

    1…I like Dakich…but I think it will be tough to keep him
    2…I think Armon/Jamarcus should be given a 2nd chance…unless this is in fact they have already been given multiple chances…Basset, in my opionion, never quit after KS was let go…some others appeared to have quit…or at least not given the effort that we had seen throughout the yr…IE Crawford/Ellis
    3…I think Greenspan had little to do with KS being hired…Pres Herbert was the driving force…I think Greenspan gets a 2nd chance
    4…I feel like IU…when it builds or upgrades Assembly Hall…should rename the building after Coach Knight…the court is already named Branch McCracken Court…that should remain that way
    5…I hope that the NCAA sees that the real problem was KS and sees that IU did what it thought proper in handling the situation and made a great move by dismissing KS…should have probably been done last Oct
    7…I doubt seriously that any of the players are going to write DD on their shoes

  • GossMan

    I am only giving my opinion…nothing factual…

    1…I like Dakich…but I think it will be tough to keep him
    2…I think Armon/Jamarcus should be given a 2nd chance…unless this is in fact they have already been given multiple chances…Basset, in my opionion, never quit after KS was let go…some others appeared to have quit…or at least not given the effort that we had seen throughout the yr…IE Crawford/Ellis
    3…I think Greenspan had little to do with KS being hired…Pres Herbert was the driving force…I think Greenspan gets a 2nd chance
    4…I feel like IU…when it builds or upgrades Assembly Hall…should rename the building after Coach Knight…the court is already named Branch McCracken Court…that should remain that way
    5…I hope that the NCAA sees that the real problem was KS and sees that IU did what it thought proper in handling the situation and made a great move by dismissing KS…should have probably been done last Oct
    7…I doubt seriously that any of the players are going to write DD on their shoes