Tom Crean is stuck in Bloomington forever

  • 04/04/2008 5:08 pm in

Not exactly. But Crean’s deal does include a provision that will theoretically keep him from jumping ship any time soon:

Under a preliminary deal between Crean and the university, Crean would owe $3 million if he resigns in the first three years of an eight-year contract. The amount lowers to $2 million in years four and five. It would be $1 million the last three years of the deal.

The obvious upshot here is that Crean is not only emotionally tied to Bloomington for the next eight years, he’s financially tied too. That’s good news for anyone worried that he might leave if the NCAA slaps serious sanctions on the program, but that seemed unlikely anyway. When one takes a job like IU under the current circumstances, that’s a pretty obvious agreement to a long-term rebuild. Plus, Crean isn’t a program-jumper anyway. But I guess a little extra financial incentive doesn’t hurt.

For more on the specifics of Crean’s deal, check out the Basketblog, which managed to get a copy of the deal’s Memo of Understanding. (For what it’s worth, Memorandum of Understanding always makes me laugh — it sounds like some sort of new-age, progressive educational classroom theory.)

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  • easy

    Yeah saw that. Nice deal for Crean. Glad to have a coach locked in and feel like we have a secure foundation…finally…

  • easy

    Mike and Mike had Crean on yesterday morning and said that Knight would be on today I believe. They said they'd ask him what he thought about Crean to IU, but didn't expect him to answer. I would assume if he answered then someone would have reported it, but does anyone know if Knight said anything?

  • Kelin Blab

    Easy…Greeny chickened out cause he didn't want to get yelled at….I heard 95% of the interview but there was no mention of IU, just the one and one players.

    Bob proposes kids have to stay 2years and that is what stern is looking to do for then next CBA for the NBA.

    The day Bob says the word Indiana hell will freeze over. I still think Crean should rename the court “Knight Court” whether Bob is there or not and if he won't show invite the 76 team and other players who played for him. I think, this may sound crazy, but the pressure would get him to show up……..hell invite his son.

  • dabig

    That's the best idea I've heard in a long time. I'd like to see the relationship between Knight and IU get healed. I'm still sure the decision to let him go was necessary, he's meant a lot to the program.

  • dabig

    That sentence should be
    I'm still sure the decision to let him go was necessary, but he's meant a lot to the program.

  • Raymond219

    I don't believe the coach has the power to change the name of the court, haha. the entire building should be named after him. I think Crean will do a great job of healing our entire fan base. The division of the fan base and the trauma of KS can all be put behind us.
    In a way, the departure of Gordon will help the healing. Not that it will help on the court, but it is one less remnant of KS. The removal of Ellis and Bassett set a tone for how this team will be handed and goes hand in hand with Crean's “no one is bigger than the program” philosophy. This will hopefully be a start to a new disciplined team and program on and off the court and a return to recruiting Indiana first. Thank God.

  • Stuck? More like Blessed.

    So Fresh and So Crean Crean…

  • The court has a name. It's McCracken Court. And I'm positive Knight would want no part of removing Branch's name from the court. He might agree to McCracken/Knight Court though.

  • Just remember that IU is tied to him as well. $3 million or his remaining salary, whichever is less, if IU wants to fire him without cause, and it won't be less until the final year of his deal. So IU would have a very expensive mistake on their hands if Crean doesn't work out.

    That said, I'm fairly certain it's going to work out.

  • easy

    NEW ARTICLE ON CREAN AND RECRUITING (EBANKS ETC.):
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/BKC_INDI

  • hoosierfan27

    Go munch on some taco u illini fan. Crean is gonna be the man!

  • tberry

    Not that I want us to lose any of our recruits but there is a silver lining to everything. If Ebanks and/or Holloway leave, it will not be a fabrication to tell other recruits they will probably have immediate playing time.

    Either way i hope the best that can happen does.

  • Kelin Blab

    I knew my eyes were not deceiving me…….

    I saw a clip of T.Creans presser again today….and just as I thought…who is standing in the corner smiling and clapping……Myles Brand!!!!

    Good sign….I would think so…..why would he be there anyhow?

  • BrianK

    God I already love Roth. Our team may not be great next year but if we can fill up the team with kids that have his heart it'll be one of the most meaningful seasons in a very…very long time.

  • BrianK

    Are you kidding me lol? I didn't notice that. Hopefully it is. Hell hopefully they see how devasted we are, even without taking into consideration our own sanctions, because of our/Sampsons actions.

  • Kelin Blab

    Anyone that mentions Matt “freakin” Roths name I always say….Youtube the guy and let the man love begin. The kid can shoot it and has an Coverdale edge to him…..4 years of him will be a treat…..

    Yep it was myles b..standing in the corner.

  • JHoosiers77

    How about naming the new practice facility after Coach Knight? McCracken earned his respect and I would hate to see his name removed from the court. The history of the program is one of our best features – you build on it for each generation.

  • Kelin Blab

    I thought about that Jhoosier but who would know it was done unless you go to the practice facility……I say if we do that….hang a banner for Bob in assembly or something. I really want to see the guy get over this IU thing and get back there at least once…..Knight Court just sounds so damn good!

  • Kelin Blab

    And another thing…..move those damn kids down near the court and move the blue hairs up and away……..

  • hoosierfan27

    I wouldn't bs. Some freshman girls were just at my house and said they were going to get drunk and high with Crawford and Ellis. Love to see that the players are buckling down.

  • BrianK

    Funny story here lol. Right before Sherron went to IU my brother and I helped him into this girl's window he was “seeing” She lived on the second floor right above her driveway. he couldn't figure out how to get in so my bro found a chair to put on a car for him to stand on and reach up to pull himself up and in. After we saw he was going to IU we about died laughing.

  • Kelin Blab

    Is there any way we could forward this to Tom Crean and save him and us a headache????? The more I think about All the suspensions this year that were given with no explanation and then I think about the previous years where there were hardly no suspsension….even under Mike Davis….I am really fed up with some of these guys.

  • JerryCT

    Wasn't “Knight Court” a TV show ?

    College kids partying ?……………..What a surprise

    Sometimes the legal framework/language of a contract takes too long and is unclear about its intent . Thus a MoU is created in simpler terms and faster so parties can move on.

    Lets face it we are putting our complete trust in Crean whoever his coaches are, whoever he recruits, whoever he keeps on the team etc.

    I keep wondering what everyone's expectations are for him ( not predictions ). I think mine are :

    1. NCAA every year but year 1
    2. Always lands 3 of Indiana's top 10 players and at least 1 in the top 4
    3. Everyone plays 2 years minimum
    4. 90% graduate
    5. No more than one player kicked off every 3 years
    6. B-10 titles every 3 years

  • Atwater

    Sorry, to change the subject, but does anyone know why K. Lewis is suspended? Is he friends with Ellis?

  • easy

    The assumption is drugs, but no one knows for sure.

  • Raymond219

    Thank you. I'm a senior and it is awful when you're trying to scream and raise the intensity and the majority of people sitting around the court are sitting quietly.

  • I'd add a 6a to that, Jerry, in that I'd like to see the team at least challenging for a Big Ten title every year.

    Also, I don't know about 2. You can't fault him if there's only a couple of scholarships available and he can only get one or two players at a time.

    Depending on the schedule and/or NCAA sanctions (or none), would a trip to the NIT next year keep people happy given what has happened this year? Being that it will be a very young, very inexperienced team, I'd think that would be great. If IU can keep their record above .500, they would be a lock for the NIT (I would think), and that's a great place to learn and grow as a team and get some extra experience.

    But, I guess we'll have to wait and see.

  • Kelin Blab

    Is there any way we could forward this to Tom Crean and save him and us a headache????? The more I think about All the suspensions this year that were given with no explanation and then I think about the previous years where there were hardly no suspsension….even under Mike Davis….I am really fed up with some of these guys.

  • JerryCT

    Wasn't “Knight Court” a TV show ?

    College kids partying ?……………..What a surprise

    Sometimes the legal framework/language of a contract takes too long and is unclear about its intent . Thus a MoU is created in simpler terms and faster so parties can move on.

    Lets face it we are putting our complete trust in Crean whoever his coaches are, whoever he recruits, whoever he keeps on the team etc.

    I keep wondering what everyone's expectations are for him ( not predictions ). I think mine are :

    1. NCAA every year but year 1
    2. Always lands 3 of Indiana's top 10 players and at least 1 in the top 4
    3. Everyone plays 2 years minimum
    4. 90% graduate
    5. No more than one player kicked off every 3 years
    6. B-10 titles every 3 years

  • Atwater

    Sorry, to change the subject, but does anyone know why K. Lewis is suspended? Is he friends with Ellis?

  • easy

    The assumption is drugs, but no one knows for sure.

  • Raymond219

    Thank you. I'm a senior and it is awful when you're trying to scream and raise the intensity and the majority of people sitting around the court are sitting quietly.

  • I'd add a 6a to that, Jerry, in that I'd like to see the team at least challenging for a Big Ten title every year.

    Also, I don't know about 2. You can't fault him if there's only a couple of scholarships available and he can only get one or two players at a time.

    Depending on the schedule and/or NCAA sanctions (or none), would a trip to the NIT next year keep people happy given what has happened this year? Being that it will be a very young, very inexperienced team, I'd think that would be great. If IU can keep their record above .500, they would be a lock for the NIT (I would think), and that's a great place to learn and grow as a team and get some extra experience.

    But, I guess we'll have to wait and see.