Roshown McLeod no longer with IU basketball program

  • 03/07/2010 9:48 pm in

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.

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  • Tom Pritchard got McLeod fired… his production fell off… never had much potential in the Big 10. He can't pass, defend, or layup the ball. Wait that's goes for a lot of IU players… I miss Sean Kline

  • marsh21

    Both of your posts are a reach at best. Take this stuff over to your home teams blog site as you're not a an IU fan.

  • cooper

    Keith Smart is on his way to being a pro coach, he isn't going to be an asst at IU

  • cooper

    nice post J, finally a little common sense….somehow Its Indiana just doesn't work on the road

  • kentuckyhoosier

    why dont we go get a real football coach anyway? and i already know that they dont want to come to IU . But living in Louisville I ve watched Uof L take theyre team out of the metro conference and a ” old ” baseball stadium to the big east and new stadium ….. not to mention the orange bowl . WHY ? WHY? WHY?

  • HoosierChan77

    Yeah, have to agree with m21….little less crying and little more support and confidence is in order……DM bandwagon much?

  • DJ5

    IU has had to clean up off the court and academic issues, and Crean has been vocal in stating that this team has been successful in the classroom despite the struggles on the court. My point was simply that Crean has a lot of things to worry about, and McLeod's dismissal could have something to do with non-basketball issues. We don't know.

    You are right, rankings are real and recruiting is important. But it doesn't matter if it's a 5 star or 3 star recruit, at some point, you have to coach them up. The point to my post is that I doubt McLeod was fired for poor recruiting, as he brought in a top 10 class. But if he can't coach them up, then the rankings really don't matter.

  • I think I misunderstood the first part of your original post, my bad. I read it as you were saying there have been more academic and off-court issues under Crean, as opposed to meaning Crean has had to deal with Sampson's mess. I got what you're saying now 🙂

    On the recruiting thing, I hear you, and yes a coach needs to help kids improve and “coach them up”, but I think it does matter if it's a 5-star or 3-star most of the time. It's far easier to coach up a DJ White or Tyler Hanbrough than it is a Tom Pritchard or Bawa. That's not going to be true 100% of the time, but I think for the most part, you're in a much better position year in and year out by having highly ranked classes, as opposed to hoping to catch lightening in a bottle every few years with diamonds in the rough.

    Also, I'm trying to bash McLeod, I've met him in the past and he was always a really nice and genuine guy, but I don't think McLeod should get much credit for the '09 class. Apparently Bennie was the lead guy on Watford, I think Creek was a Crean guy, Hulls was coming here anyway and Elston was a Sampson guy. Maybe McLeod was in on Bawa, but at this point that's not something to brag about.

  • Creek was Crean/Seltzer.

  • chitowniufan

    So you homers are defending Pritchard? Get a life and quit calling out people negatively. We are all die hard IU fans on this site or we wouldn't be here reading your weak slams on other bloggers. Isn't ITH is about freedom of opinion? Or is that not allowed?

  • bradleychase

    How about Dean Garrett


    marsh21, IMO, said what he did because of what was said and how it was said. It has the look and smell of someone just wanting to rile up the faithfull rather than something else. He just happened to be the first one to see and smell it. TP has been commented about this way more times than a person can count and people have not had this reaction that I can remember hence the look and smell factors. It hit me the same exact way when I read it. If this is not the case then my bad but that is sure how it came off.

  • hoosierwv

    I wonder.if I.U. would have won a few more games early in the year, and Creek wouldn't have got hurt.I.U.might have won a few more games in the conference. They might have been at least a N.I.T. team. Wonder if Coach Crean would have made this same change. Just wondering.

  • HoosierChan77

    He can't pass, defend, or layup the ball. Wait that's goes for a lot of IU players..Thats the comment I was reffering to, GENIUS. TP is a bum now and again……but ot the whole squad

  • Jerome

    is there a chance he was dismissed for recruiting violations??

  • Tommy

    The guy tries to ride the coat tails of being a Duke Grad. The guy was a bust in the NBA and seems to be a lost soul in coaching. Another ex-NBA guy who doesn't have a penny to his name.