Crean: Trust, loyalty important for next assistant coach

Big Ten Tournamnet: Indiana Hoosiers v Penn State Nittany LionsIndiana coach Tom Crean met with the media earlier this afternoon to discuss tomorrow’s Big Ten Tournament game against Northwestern, which tips at approximately 5PM ET on ESPN2. (You can read some quotes from Crean on Northwestern here.)

The second-year coach was also asked about the dismissal of assistant coach Roshown McLeod, who has yet to speak publicly but plans to do so in the coming days via a press release.

Specifically, the question posed to Crean by Dustin Dopirak of The Herald-Times was this, “You said on your radio show the other night it was abundantly clear to you that you had to make the move you did in letting Roshown go. What did he do or not do to make that abundantly clear?”

And here was the response:

“It’s where it’s at. I really don’t want to go a lot further than that. I understand the positions that you guys are in with asking that question and wanting to know more. I understand that. But everything from me right now is to make sure that we are totally focused on what we’re trying to do here. That doesn’t mean that I’m not already in the process of thinking of what I’m going to do the next time. It would be foolish for me to say, ‘Oh, I’m going to put all that off and not think about it until the end of the year.’ Of course I think about it. My job, day in and day out is to make this program better than it was the day before in every aspect and to get everybody pulling in the same direction all the time. It’s a lot easier said than done, but that’s what the challenge is every day and that’s how you want to try to have it.”

A follow up question asked if there were any specific things he was looking for in a candidate for the position and the words direction, trust and loyalty all came up.

“I have a pretty good idea of what I want to get accomplished with that job,” he said. “I’m not looking to find a person and then build the role around them. I want to find a person that fits exactly what we need. I have a pretty good view of what that is, but I’m still trying to really definitely figure that out. That I have not put a lot of time into yet. I’m probably pretty clear but not totally clear on what I want from that position. There will be some basic tenets of it that are really, really important. You guys can probably figure that out just as easy as I could say it when it comes to going in the same direction, trust, loyalty and all of those kinds of things are extremely important.”

Crean also said that he does not have a timetable to fill the position, but that he doesn’t see it “being a long time.”

Maurice Creek and Matt Roth also met with reporters and you can listen to their comments over at The Hoosier Scoop.

  • Taskmaster75

    So, does this mean we should expect an Indiana great as an assistant coach? Can get much more loyalty than that, but I don't know about the trust issue.

  • marsh21

    I wouldn't read too much into the specific words as it's still early. It will come out in time but Crean needs to be careful here and quit taking the media bait. The last thing we need is Crean and RM in a fight played out via the media. RM is probably rewording his release now based upon this news.

  • JB

    I think its obvious from McLeod’s silence that he was in the wrong. Crean probably told him to shut up or he would leak the whole thing to the media. If he was trying to undermine the program in some way Coach has a right to be pissed and vocal about it. BTW Plane1972 Great IU coaches aren’t necessarily known for their polish with the media.

  • JerryCT

    I agree. It is a fair set of questions but anything he says will be reflected in how people evaluate RM which can turn into a media “dirty laundry” session as RM would need to defend himself. I think the less CTC says the better.

    I could care less if its a former player ………….I want a dynamite recruiter and player developer and he could even be a former PU player as long as he is successful for us

  • sinkinghoosierfan

    Maybe he will hire Marquis Teagues father as an assistant coach

  • plane1972

    Yeah, I agree. He should have taken the high road and wished Roshown the best and let him go. All this does is blow up dust for no apparent reason. That is one thing I don't like about Crean, at times; he isn't that eloquent with the media. You don't see guys like Coach K, Izzo, and others at the elite level ramble on like CTC does from time to time. He could use a little polish.

  • marcusgresham

    Maybe that's what happens when you're all hopped up on Diet Coke

  • Kelin Blab

    On a GOOD side note….and off topic….

    Mo Creek quote in today's paper….
    When the season ends, Creek said he can't wait to rejoin teammates and start preparing for 2010-11. He shook his head no when asked if Watford might transfer. Others, himself included, also have been targets of transfer speculation.

    “He'll be back. We'll all be back,” Creek said. “We will be moving forward together next year, there's no doubt in my mind.

  • it's Indiana

    Just for fun poll, who would you rather have as our next assistant coach?

    Great recruiter/salesman
    or
    Great player developer/coach

  • it's Indiana

    I know it's done all the time nowadays, but I hope not. Wouldn't fit with our “building it the right way” brand. If that's the only way we get Teague then let Pitino have him.

  • plane1972

    Beautiful! I love this kid.

  • Ken

    Likely unable to produce: Kyrie Irving was a target who felt he could not develop at Indiana, and committed to Duke. Maybe the last chance was nailing down the Josh Selby commitment. When that failed to materialize, the writing was on the wall. Also, look at lack of development by IU big men this year. There are plenty of young, eager coaches who will shine with the new opportunity.

  • plane1972

    Excellent point, JB! That hadn't occurred to me, but so true.

  • galenascott

    I think Crean knows much more about what this team needs from a coaching staff. The body of work has been done this past year for his understanding. I think we get a positive direction when he makes his choice. I don't see his choice being made very soon because it will involve a number of interviews. When the info gets out about who he has interviewed, I bet Hoosier Nation gets into a real argument over whether he interviewed the right ones or not.

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