UPDATE: 4:58 p.m. by Alex Bozich
DeAntae Prince of The Indiana Daily Student reports that McLeod will not speak on his dismissal, but instead will issue a blanket statement in the coming days to all media.
UPDATE: 10:57 a.m. by Zach Osterman
Tom Crean fielded questions this morning on the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference regarding the departure of Roshown McLeod, including the timing of the move. His response:
“There’s probably never a good time. You can’t focus on timing. You’ve gotta focus on what the right decision is. That’s the decision that I made.”
“It’s about putting the program forward and putting the program first. We’re going to do the things that we need to do.”
This release just popped into my inbox from J.D. Campbell, Indiana assistant athletic director for media relations:
Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean informed assistant coach Roshown McLeod on Sunday that his contract would not be renewed for next year and he will no longer be with the team effective immediately.
“There is never a good time for something like this, but it is a decision that had to be made moving forward,” said Crean.
I can’t say I’m surprised by this news, considering McLeod was absent from Saturday’s win over Northwestern. McLeod’s recruiting prowess never really paid big dividends in Bloomington, which is most likely the reason he won’t be returning. The search for his replacement begins … now.