Jordan Crawford not returning to IU

Surprise, surprise: Jordan Crawford’s family has told new IU coach Tom Crean that Crawford won’t be returning to IU. The Herald Times’ diligent Chris Korman has the scoop.

Nice. That officially gives IU, what, two returning players next year? Three? I’m not joking: I honestly have no clue how many players the Hoosiers will suit up next year. If only Adam Ahlfeld had one more year of eligibility, he could have started at the point.

Now, please excuse me. I’m going to go ignore the fact that any of this ever happened. If you close your eyes so hard you see stars, breathe deeply, and hit yourself in the head with a ball peen hammer forty or fifty times, it’s like our team is still really good. And there are pretty colors everywhere! I highly recommend it.

Update: The Basketblog has a couple of confirmations, too.

Update #2: The H-T/Hoosier Scoop has a statement from the Crawford family:

“We are proud that our son Jordan has been a part of the Indiana University basketball program, one with a long and storied tradition of academic and athletic excellence. In Jordan’s short career, he was able to show his desire to emulate these characteristics. However, due to unforeseen circumstances he has chosen to move in a new direction. He and our entire family wish Indiana University continued success.”

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  • http://matthewjenks.blogspot.com/ Matt_J

    Well, both of those programs have the stink of, as a certain former coach put it, 400 hundred pounds of butter sliding up and down the sidelines.

  • http://matthewjenks.blogspot.com/ Matt_J

    well put.

  • http://matthewjenks.blogspot.com/ Matt_J

    well put.

  • http://matthewjenks.blogspot.com/ Matt_J

    well put.

  • ALH_00

    “lethargic” was referring to JC's hustle on defense. I seem to recall many transition buckets (particularly 3's) when JC either failed to get back, or got back, but didn't man-up. I'm not reviewing tapes or anything, just my general impression…one that I believe was held by most posters on this site throughout the season.

  • ALH_00

    “lethargic” was referring to JC's hustle on defense. I seem to recall many transition buckets (particularly 3's) when JC either failed to get back, or got back, but didn't man-up. I'm not reviewing tapes or anything, just my general impression…one that I believe was held by most posters on this site throughout the season.

  • ALH_00

    “lethargic” was referring to JC's hustle on defense. I seem to recall many transition buckets (particularly 3's) when JC either failed to get back, or got back, but didn't man-up. I'm not reviewing tapes or anything, just my general impression…one that I believe was held by most posters on this site throughout the season.

  • JerryCT

    Looking at the potential bright side, DRAKE last year had a great season with little more than high character kids that did not give up on anything on either end of the floor , in practice and in games.

    I cannot wait for the kids to start working out together to find out:

    1. who will be their leader ——> Dumes ? Taber ? Jones ?
    2. who will get the points ——> Dumes, williams , Jones, Pritchard
    3. who will lead our defense ——> Jobe , Jones , Dumes ?
    4. what will the team be good at ——> ball pressure ?
    5. What will we be bad at ——> rebounding ?
    6. How does TC handle losing ——-> with optimism ?

  • JerryCT

    Looking at the potential bright side, DRAKE last year had a great season with little more than high character kids that did not give up on anything on either end of the floor , in practice and in games.

    I cannot wait for the kids to start working out together to find out:

    1. who will be their leader ——> Dumes ? Taber ? Jones ?
    2. who will get the points ——> Dumes, williams , Jones, Pritchard
    3. who will lead our defense ——> Jobe , Jones , Dumes ?
    4. what will the team be good at ——> ball pressure ?
    5. What will we be bad at ——> rebounding ?
    6. How does TC handle losing ——-> with optimism ?

  • JerryCT

    Looking at the potential bright side, DRAKE last year had a great season with little more than high character kids that did not give up on anything on either end of the floor , in practice and in games.

    I cannot wait for the kids to start working out together to find out:

    1. who will be their leader ——> Dumes ? Taber ? Jones ?
    2. who will get the points ——> Dumes, williams , Jones, Pritchard
    3. who will lead our defense ——> Jobe , Jones , Dumes ?
    4. what will the team be good at ——> ball pressure ?
    5. What will we be bad at ——> rebounding ?
    6. How does TC handle losing ——-> with optimism ?

  • MikeinNC

    I think this gives the program the completely fresh start that is needed. Regardless of how next year turns out, we are bringing in the right kind of players and we have the right coach to mold this into a team we can all be proud of….I am not bothered by this at all, next year was going to be a huge challenge with or without Crawford.

  • MikeinNC

    I think this gives the program the completely fresh start that is needed. Regardless of how next year turns out, we are bringing in the right kind of players and we have the right coach to mold this into a team we can all be proud of….I am not bothered by this at all, next year was going to be a huge challenge with or without Crawford.

  • MikeinNC

    I think this gives the program the completely fresh start that is needed. Regardless of how next year turns out, we are bringing in the right kind of players and we have the right coach to mold this into a team we can all be proud of….I am not bothered by this at all, next year was going to be a huge challenge with or without Crawford.

  • SB_Hoosier

    Not that he couldn't go to another Big 10 school, but I believe if he does, he has to pay his own way.

  • SB_Hoosier

    Not that he couldn't go to another Big 10 school, but I believe if he does, he has to pay his own way.

  • SB_Hoosier

    Not that he couldn't go to another Big 10 school, but I believe if he does, he has to pay his own way.

  • hoosierfan27

    Whoa 76,81,and 87. Its way early to even be mentioning this team in the same sentence with those teams.

  • hoosierfan27

    Whoa 76,81,and 87. Its way early to even be mentioning this team in the same sentence with those teams.

  • hoosierfan27

    Whoa 76,81,and 87. Its way early to even be mentioning this team in the same sentence with those teams.

  • hoosierfan27

    Jobe is NOT starting

  • hoosierfan27

    Jobe is NOT starting

  • hoosierfan27

    Jobe is NOT starting

  • jgongora86

    Listen to relief the tension here, why don't we have an avatar/picture contest. I think mine kicks butt. I mean when you can combine elvis with Mr. Met you could never go wrong.

  • jgongora86

    Listen to relief the tension here, why don't we have an avatar/picture contest. I think mine kicks butt. I mean when you can combine elvis with Mr. Met you could never go wrong.

  • jgongora86

    Listen to relief the tension here, why don't we have an avatar/picture contest. I think mine kicks butt. I mean when you can combine elvis with Mr. Met you could never go wrong.

  • hoosiergal

    My avatar my granddaughter and myself at Midnight Madness (Hoosier Hysteria) last fall. Kicks butt with me!

  • hoosiergal

    My avatar my granddaughter and myself at Midnight Madness (Hoosier Hysteria) last fall. Kicks butt with me!

  • hoosiergal

    My avatar my granddaughter and myself at Midnight Madness (Hoosier Hysteria) last fall. Kicks butt with me!

  • http://www.trinityoaklabs.com Hoosiergirl

    Mine is of my dog! (or at least one of them)

  • http://www.trinityoaklabs.com Hoosiergirl

    Mine is of my dog! (or at least one of them)

  • http://www.trinityoaklabs.com Hoosiergirl

    Mine is of my dog! (or at least one of them)

  • woodpecker

    Blah, Blah, Blah! … poor kids they had no leadership, what did Dan try to do? And look what it got him. TC is no fool, he is cleaning house and I love it! Keep making excuses for these poor missled “kids”

    yours truly
    w. bowling

  • woodpecker

    Blah, Blah, Blah! … poor kids they had no leadership, what did Dan try to do? And look what it got him. TC is no fool, he is cleaning house and I love it! Keep making excuses for these poor missled “kids”

    yours truly
    w. bowling

  • woodpecker

    Blah, Blah, Blah! … poor kids they had no leadership, what did Dan try to do? And look what it got him. TC is no fool, he is cleaning house and I love it! Keep making excuses for these poor missled “kids”

    yours truly
    w. bowling

  • http://disqus.com CBinOR

    this from our friends at the Hoosier Report:
    Returning scholarship players: former invited walk-on Kyle Taber (Sr.).

    Incoming scholarship players who will be eligible in 2008-09: Tom Pritchard (F/C from Ohio, freshman); Matt Roth (G from Illinois, freshman); Devan Dumes (guard from Decatur Central/Eastern Michigan/Vincennes, junior); Nick Williams (guard from Alabama, former Marquette recruit); Verdell Jones (Illinois); Tijan Jobe (center from Olney Central JC, junior).

    Returning walk-ons: Brett Finkelmeier (sophomore guard).

    Incoming walk-ons: Daniel Moore (guard from Carmel); Kory Barnett (guard from Rochester); Broderick Lewis (guard from Lafayette Jefferson)

  • http://disqus.com CBinOR

    this from our friends at the Hoosier Report:
    Returning scholarship players: former invited walk-on Kyle Taber (Sr.).

    Incoming scholarship players who will be eligible in 2008-09: Tom Pritchard (F/C from Ohio, freshman); Matt Roth (G from Illinois, freshman); Devan Dumes (guard from Decatur Central/Eastern Michigan/Vincennes, junior); Nick Williams (guard from Alabama, former Marquette recruit); Verdell Jones (Illinois); Tijan Jobe (center from Olney Central JC, junior).

    Returning walk-ons: Brett Finkelmeier (sophomore guard).

    Incoming walk-ons: Daniel Moore (guard from Carmel); Kory Barnett (guard from Rochester); Broderick Lewis (guard from Lafayette Jefferson)

  • http://disqus.com CBinOR

    this from our friends at the Hoosier Report:
    Returning scholarship players: former invited walk-on Kyle Taber (Sr.).

    Incoming scholarship players who will be eligible in 2008-09: Tom Pritchard (F/C from Ohio, freshman); Matt Roth (G from Illinois, freshman); Devan Dumes (guard from Decatur Central/Eastern Michigan/Vincennes, junior); Nick Williams (guard from Alabama, former Marquette recruit); Verdell Jones (Illinois); Tijan Jobe (center from Olney Central JC, junior).

    Returning walk-ons: Brett Finkelmeier (sophomore guard).

    Incoming walk-ons: Daniel Moore (guard from Carmel); Kory Barnett (guard from Rochester); Broderick Lewis (guard from Lafayette Jefferson)

  • Ryan_T

    wow. next year is going to be interesting, to say the least…..

  • Ryan_T

    wow. next year is going to be interesting, to say the least…..

  • Ryan_T

    wow. next year is going to be interesting, to say the least…..

  • http://aseaofblue.com The Fake Gimel Martinez

    You're kinda right, but kinda wrong. Last year, Joe Crawford had difficulty getting into Billy Gillispie's system. But his progress was hindered by an injury he had early in the year, AND the fact that the whole friggin' team had problems getting into Billy Gillispie's system. Joe was accused of acting stubborn by members of the media, but Gillsipie defended him. Once the team finally caught on — and Billy adjusted his system to fit the personnel better — they really took off. Joe Crawford said this at our NCAA loss to Marquette:

    “He's done more for me than a lot of people in my life,” Crawford said. “He changed the outlook everyone had on me. He changed me as a person. He got me believing. He's done so much for me and I love him for that. I don't know how I could repay him, ever.”

    That was after just one year with Gillispie. So maybe the Crawford family was impressed by Joe's turnaround and want the same with Jordan? I don't know that. I think Jordan might fit the “lead guard” type responsibilities Gillispie wants, but I'm not for sure about Jordan's assist and court management ability. And Kentucky has plenty of depth at the 2-guard spot.

    Edit: I forgot to mention one thing. If Jordan comes to UK, I honestly fear for his life in 2009-10 when we return to Assembly Hall. I don't see how he makes it from the bus to the locker room without two gunshot wounds. (I keed, I keed!)

    So, a couple of tasteless jokes as I part:

    * You think CBS is trying to shuffle this year's UK/IU game off national TV? Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if they did.

    * Those chants of “Jor-dan's Bet-ter” back in Assembly Hall will be really, really stinging if Jordan chooses UK. Just sayin'.

    Stay strong, Hoosier faithful. I may passionately want your team to lose, but I take no joy from you guys suffering from the aftershocks of a cheater.

  • http://aseaofblue.com The Fake Gimel Martinez

    You're kinda right, but kinda wrong. Last year, Joe Crawford had difficulty getting into Billy Gillispie's system. But his progress was hindered by an injury he had early in the year, AND the fact that the whole friggin' team had problems getting into Billy Gillispie's system. Joe was accused of acting stubborn by members of the media, but Gillsipie defended him. Once the team finally caught on — and Billy adjusted his system to fit the personnel better — they really took off. Joe Crawford said this at our NCAA loss to Marquette:

    “He's done more for me than a lot of people in my life,” Crawford said. “He changed the outlook everyone had on me. He changed me as a person. He got me believing. He's done so much for me and I love him for that. I don't know how I could repay him, ever.”

    That was after just one year with Gillispie. So maybe the Crawford family was impressed by Joe's turnaround and want the same with Jordan? I don't know that. I think Jordan might fit the “lead guard” type responsibilities Gillispie wants, but I'm not for sure about Jordan's assist and court management ability. And Kentucky has plenty of depth at the 2-guard spot.

    Edit: I forgot to mention one thing. If Jordan comes to UK, I honestly fear for his life in 2009-10 when we return to Assembly Hall. I don't see how he makes it from the bus to the locker room without two gunshot wounds. (I keed, I keed!)

    So, a couple of tasteless jokes as I part:

    * You think CBS is trying to shuffle this year's UK/IU game off national TV? Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if they did.

    * Those chants of “Jor-dan's Bet-ter” back in Assembly Hall will be really, really stinging if Jordan chooses UK. Just sayin'.

    Stay strong, Hoosier faithful. I may passionately want your team to lose, but I take no joy from you guys suffering from the aftershocks of a cheater.

  • http://aseaofblue.com The Fake Gimel Martinez

    You're kinda right, but kinda wrong. Last year, Joe Crawford had difficulty getting into Billy Gillispie's system. But his progress was hindered by an injury he had early in the year, AND the fact that the whole friggin' team had problems getting into Billy Gillispie's system. Joe was accused of acting stubborn by members of the media, but Gillsipie defended him. Once the team finally caught on — and Billy adjusted his system to fit the personnel better — they really took off. Joe Crawford said this at our NCAA loss to Marquette:

    “He's done more for me than a lot of people in my life,” Crawford said. “He changed the outlook everyone had on me. He changed me as a person. He got me believing. He's done so much for me and I love him for that. I don't know how I could repay him, ever.”

    That was after just one year with Gillispie. So maybe the Crawford family was impressed by Joe's turnaround and want the same with Jordan? I don't know that. I think Jordan might fit the “lead guard” type responsibilities Gillispie wants, but I'm not for sure about Jordan's assist and court management ability. And Kentucky has plenty of depth at the 2-guard spot.

    Edit: I forgot to mention one thing. If Jordan comes to UK, I honestly fear for his life in 2009-10 when we return to Assembly Hall. I don't see how he makes it from the bus to the locker room without two gunshot wounds. (I keed, I keed!)

    So, a couple of tasteless jokes as I part:

    * You think CBS is trying to shuffle this year's UK/IU game off national TV? Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if they did.

    * Those chants of “Jor-dan's Bet-ter” back in Assembly Hall will be really, really stinging if Jordan chooses UK. Just sayin'.

    Stay strong, Hoosier faithful. I may passionately want your team to lose, but I take no joy from you guys suffering from the aftershocks of a cheater.

  • http://aseaofblue.com The Fake Gimel Martinez

    You're kinda right, but kinda wrong. Last year, Joe Crawford had difficulty getting into Billy Gillispie's system. But his progress was hindered by an injury he had early in the year, AND the fact that the whole friggin' team had problems getting into Billy Gillispie's system. Joe was accused of acting stubborn by members of the media, but Gillsipie defended him. Once the team finally caught on — and Billy adjusted his system to fit the personnel better — they really took off. Joe Crawford said this at our NCAA loss to Marquette:

    “He's done more for me than a lot of people in my life,” Crawford said. “He changed the outlook everyone had on me. He changed me as a person. He got me believing. He's done so much for me and I love him for that. I don't know how I could repay him, ever.”

    That was after just one year with Gillispie. So maybe the Crawford family was impressed by Joe's turnaround and want the same with Jordan? I don't know that. I think Jordan might fit the “lead guard” type responsibilities Gillispie wants, but I'm not for sure about Jordan's assist and court management ability. And Kentucky has plenty of depth at the 2-guard spot.

    Edit: I forgot to mention one thing. If Jordan comes to UK, I honestly fear for his life in 2009-10 when we return to Assembly Hall. I don't see how he makes it from the bus to the locker room without two gunshot wounds. (I keed, I keed!)

    So, a couple of tasteless jokes as I part:

    * You think CBS is trying to shuffle this year's UK/IU game off national TV? Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if they did.

    * Those chants of “Jor-dan's Bet-ter” back in Assembly Hall will be really, really stinging if Jordan chooses UK. Just sayin'.

    Stay strong, Hoosier faithful. I may passionately want your team to lose, but I take no joy from you guys suffering from the aftershocks of a cheater.

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