Audio of Tom Crean on Pardon the Interruption

  • 03/04/2009 9:13 pm in

Tom Crean appeared on Pardon the Interruption earlier today with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. Video has yet to surface from the World Wide Leader, but here’s a link to the audio of today’s show. The interview is about 9 minutes and 45 seconds into the audio clip. Here are a few highlights:

On whether this season has been better or worse than expected:

“It’s been far harder than anything we could have ever expected. And again, when you take the job on April 2nd you don’t think that within a couple of months you’re going to have a brand new team. And outside of Kyle Taber and a walk-on named Brett Finkelmeier, that’s exactly what had to happen but there’s been a lot of rewards inside of it. Working with these guys has been a challenge but it’s been a fun challenge because it’s been great to watch them get better and to learn to believe. Especially over the last week, they’ve really believed they could win games.”

On the lessons learned from losing this season:

“Enjoy the wins. To never take winning for granted. To never make it a ho-hum type of deal. When you win and you put that time and effort and energy into it, it really means something. It can fuel you to so many more things. But I will never begrudge a win again. And I’m just thankful like at Marquette that I had a chance, it was a privilege to work there. It was a privilege to live there and it was great to coach those guys. They had so much to do with what I’ve learned and what we’ve been able to bring here in a sense of being resilient, being persistent, being demanding and at the same time trying to help nurture them to understand that there’s so much that goes into this and a lot of it’s going to carry into the success of their future life.”

On whether he thinks about how far he could have gone at Marquette this season:

“No, I haven’t felt like that. I’ve really been happy for them. The seniors in that group, they deserve every accolade, every reward that they can get. They did so many things. We were well aware of what we were leaving when we came to Indiana. There were three guys that had scored 1,000 points already in Jerel McNeal, Dominic James and Wesley Matthews. Lazar Hayward was playing well. We had a guy that would have been there, Tyshawn Taylor, who’s the starting guard for Kansas. We understood what we had, but this was just an opportunity that there was no way I could say no to. So I love what I’m doing and I’m proud of them, proud of their coaches, proud of what Buzz has done and I follow it with a lot of respect.”

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  • JerryCT

    I suppose that if we weren't so decimated as a team that Crean would not be a story and not get this national prime time exposure. I hope he can convert these opportunities into a media relationship that gets him regular recurring national exposure on these kinds of shows. I figure next year or the year after the turnaround will be the story and he will still get some press time.

    I say this because I always seem to see Coach K getting free exposure and I believe it adds to his ability to recruit .

  • JG

    Good for the PTI guys. Probably some of the best journalism on television. Kornheiser and Wilbon are old school and normally don't show to much bias towards organizations or athletes, but one thing they hate is an ego and they hate cheateres. Its great to see coach getting some recognition for doing things the right way. Reading the transcripts of the interview it is clearly obvious that his responses are not just politically correct answers, the passionate answers that he believes in. With coach omitting that he will never take a victory for granted again, we should all be so fortunate to have him. I think that should be a feeling and joining passion of Indiana basketball and the Hoosier Nation. We have won so much in our schools history, now we are all learing just how hard it is to win. After this season let us all throw away the word expectation. We are not entitled to win just because we have a highly ranked class coming in next year. Let us let coaches, coach. Let us let the players, play. Let us the fans and alumni be as passionate and wildly supportive as ever.

  • tberry

    Tom Crean is simply a class act and IU is lucky to have him. No excuses, no jealousy and the ability to inspire and a great coach!!!

  • JerryCT

    I suppose that if we weren't so decimated as a team that Crean would not be a story and not get this national prime time exposure. I hope he can convert these opportunities into a media relationship that gets him regular recurring national exposure on these kinds of shows. I figure next year or the year after the turnaround will be the story and he will still get some press time.

    I say this because I always seem to see Coach K getting free exposure and I believe it adds to his ability to recruit .

  • JG

    Good for the PTI guys. Probably some of the best journalism on television. Kornheiser and Wilbon are old school and normally don't show to much bias towards organizations or athletes, but one thing they hate is an ego and they hate cheateres. Its great to see coach getting some recognition for doing things the right way. Reading the transcripts of the interview it is clearly obvious that his responses are not just politically correct answers, the passionate answers that he believes in. With coach omitting that he will never take a victory for granted again, we should all be so fortunate to have him. I think that should be a feeling and joining passion of Indiana basketball and the Hoosier Nation. We have won so much in our schools history, now we are all learing just how hard it is to win. After this season let us all throw away the word expectation. We are not entitled to win just because we have a highly ranked class coming in next year. Let us let coaches, coach. Let us let the players, play. Let us the fans and alumni be as passionate and wildly supportive as ever.

  • tberry

    Tom Crean is simply a class act and IU is lucky to have him. No excuses, no jealousy and the ability to inspire and a great coach!!!