Crean: Michel decision “disappointing”

  • 12/03/2010 8:14 pm in

Sorry, I’m a little late on posting this. We got some time (and I got deservedly mocked for asking a question that got so jumbled up in my brain that I didn’t understand) with Tom Crean today.

The first, and possibly most important, topic we touched on was Guy-Marc Michel. Full audio of Crean’s comments is embedded below, but I wanted to pull out Crean’s comments on Michel, because he was, I thought, honest and firm in his opinions:

“It’s disappointing to say the very least, so, No.1  first and foremost, we want to make sure that Guy has a chance, has a future, and he’s gonna stay with us and basically be a student assistant for us. Then our plan from there will be to help him to become a professional. We would like him to get his degree, certainly. He’s doing an excellent job in school. We’re just continuing to go through the planning stages for him.

But I have trouble seeing any wisdom in the decision. I really do. I have great respect for how we handled it at Indiana. I have great respect for the council we got legally to work with it. It’s an unfortunate situation. It’s just extremely disappointing that there wasn’t any leniency given at all given the situation based on the circumstances. But, you go back to what’s at the top of this, and how do we help him have a better future.

We’ve got some leniency there, which is good. He’s going to continue to be a huge part of the program. He’ll be with us every step of the way. That’s what I hope he’ll continue to do. I have great confidence that he’ll be a professional basketball player. Certainly when he went through those stages in France that wasn’t the case. It’s disappointing on many levels, but this is the hardest working — outside of one young man I worked with at Marquette named Robert Jackson, played for us on our Final Four team — this is the hardest working young man, young big kid that I’ve ever been around.”

Obviously nothing hot-button — Tom Crean has never been a coach given to random anger or outrage. But again, this is obviously a pertinent issue surrounding Indiana basketball right now, and his answer, given its thoroughness, deserved to be pulled out.

In the rest of the audio, Crean talks about Savannah State and Maurice Creek’s continuing process, among other things.

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Here’s video, too, from IU Athletics:

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  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    Again, what are you talking about? pUKe has already lost twice and Duke has 5’s! I don’t care what your opinion is if a player is 6’10” or better and is listed as a Center on the roster and before every game and plays with his back to the basket as I’m watching Plumlee do RIGHT NOW, then he is a Center! Just like Johnson, Plumlee, Morris (KU), etc.

    Once you get to the NBA then you can win without a true back-to-the-basket Center because it’s a different game and the overall size of the league is bigger because it’s the best of college basketball.

    Duke needed Zubek last year (their 5!) just like they’ll need Plumlee this year. Shoot, Butler is competing with Duke today because Andrew Smith (their 6’11” CENTER) is playing well!

    How many more times would you like to have this (light on the facts) argument you’re making against having a true 5 player discounted???

  • ArtistFormerlyKnownAs_Aceman07

    Because we don’t want to accidentally burn down the entire city because of Lucas Oil Stadium.

  • Anonymous

    Guy’s ineligibility stems more from the fact that he began college in France than from the games he played. Even still, it’s a bit stupid because France doesn’t have intercollegiate athletics, so I think it’s absurd that it counts against his five-year window for completion of eligibility.

  • Anonymous

    I thought BIlly Gillespie was their coach who couldn’t stay sober. HE’s the guy who’d be puking on the lawn. Cal is more likely the guy pissing on the flower garden. Oh well, we’ll burn Lexington then. Hey MillaRed, see what you did there?…started that crazy talk and now we’re ALL going to jail;)

  • MillaRed

    Since you are on the subject, I would like to point out to any FBI agents we are speaking figuratively.

    And I hate Calipari.

  • MillaRed

    Slice from what I am seeing you are simply noting the obvious. What exactly is your solution?

    We are talking about PGs because we have them. We are not talking about Centers because we don’t. We tried with Guy, got unlucky. You want a true center to play for Crean right? Well, the future of IU was pretty darn ugly when the guy started. Now the big men are lining up.

    You are banging your head against a wall. We don’t have a center. I don’t have a million dollars. Either way I will sleep just fine tonight because for the short term there is nothing I can do about it.

  • MillaRed

    Slice from what I am seeing you are simply noting the obvious. What exactly is your solution?

    We are talking about PGs because we have them. We are not talking about Centers because we don’t. We tried with Guy, got unlucky. You want a true center to play for Crean right? Well, the future of IU was pretty darn ugly when the guy started. Now the big men are lining up.

    You are banging your head against a wall. We don’t have a center. I don’t have a million dollars. Either way I will sleep just fine tonight because for the short term there is nothing I can do about it.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent point! If Pritchard made a 100% commitment to rebound, screen and play defense, he would have to get 10+ rebounds/game!

  • Anonymous

    Why would you foul him on these 10-15 foot shots ever? You can’t block it, he hits less than 50%, and he is good from the FT line. Just wave a hand and say “BOO!” and block out for the rebound, out-let, and RUN (Tisdale is slow)!