Notes from Tom Crean’s press conference

  • 09/10/2008 10:46 pm in

Two of my favorite IU scribes, The Indiana Daily Student‘s Matt Dollinger and The Herald Times’ Chris Korman, were in attendance and taking diligent notes for Tom Crean’s press conference on Wednesday. I would suggest checking out both links, but here are a few of the more interesting points:

From Dollinger:

I asked Crean if he was trying to teach the Hoosiers his offensive system or if he was adapting his own system to IU’s players. Here’s what he had to say:

“I think coaches go one of two ways, you can recruit and plug guys into your system and that’s the system you’re going to run, or you can try and build a system around the talent you have. That’s what we’re trying to do this year. I don’t think there is anyway around that. Now, recruiting forward and moving forward… we tried to focus on some skill, versatility, length…we know what we want [the team] to look like down the road. Right now, did anybody think we’d have this small of a team? No. We’ve got to get ready to play more of a four-guard line-up.”

From Korman:

Crean says that he is still recruiting to the 2009 class. “It sounds cliche,” he said, “but you just have to do what’s best for the future of your program.”

Matt Roth has an injured shoulder and is not in workouts this week.

Crean would like to add two more walk ons through open tryouts.

The team had a 3.34 GPA for the summer. That pleases Crean.

Crean has a plan for Hoosier Hysteria (Midnight Madness). He wants to bring back as many former players as possible.

Crean’s been given a chance to look at Indiana’s response to the “failure to monitor” charge. He added a few things but thought, overall, that it was strong. He tried to pound home the same message he has since the middle of summer: the self-sanctions were extreme, and hurt the program severely as they were intended to do.

He said that the possibility of further NCAA sanctions is constantly brought up by competitors on the recruiting trail. He’s having to fight that with players and their parents.

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  • JerryCT

    4 guard lineup ?

    Dumes, Jones, Story, Williams and Pritchard ?

    Cannot wait to see what we run on offense and how we handle mismatches on D

  • JerryCT

    4 guard lineup ?

    Dumes, Jones, Story, Williams and Pritchard ?

    Cannot wait to see what we run on offense and how we handle mismatches on D

  • B_MD

    If only we had Steve Nash running the point!

  • BGleas

    If only we had Steve Nash running the point!

  • hoosier07

    anyone else agree that TC was by far and away the best hire we could have asked for?!

    i know we can't judge miller, pearl, etc. because we don't know what they would have done given the situation we're in, but I am gonna go out on a limb and say that there is no chance they could be doing a better job than TC.

    KEEP IT UP CREAN!!! you have a lot of loyal fans behind you!!!

  • hoosier07

    anyone else agree that TC was by far and away the best hire we could have asked for?!

    i know we can't judge miller, pearl, etc. because we don't know what they would have done given the situation we're in, but I am gonna go out on a limb and say that there is no chance they could be doing a better job than TC.

    KEEP IT UP CREAN!!! you have a lot of loyal fans behind you!!!

  • BornRed

    I think he was the right hire, but I am not going to annoint him yet. The Hoosiers still have not played a game under Crean. We have been through promising times with coaches before (Mike Davis making the Final Four run, KS bringing in EJ, Ebanks, etc.) that didn't end up panning out. I really don't think that is the case with Crean, but he still has yet to prove much.

  • BornRed

    I think he was the right hire, but I am not going to annoint him yet. The Hoosiers still have not played a game under Crean. We have been through promising times with coaches before (Mike Davis making the Final Four run, KS bringing in EJ, Ebanks, etc.) that didn't end up panning out. I really don't think that is the case with Crean, but he still has yet to prove much.

  • BornRed

    I think he was the right hire, but I am not going to annoint him yet. The Hoosiers still have not played a game under Crean. We have been through promising times with coaches before (Mike Davis making the Final Four run, KS bringing in EJ, Ebanks, etc.) that didn't end up panning out. I really don't think that is the case with Crean, but he still has yet to prove much.