• Casey B.

    For all the accusations being thrown around in the chat regarding Crean “making excuses,” I sure don’t hear any here.

    The only thing I hear is Crean mentioning Hulls being sick, but only in reaction to a question about his personal shooting performance. I have no problem with Crean getting Hulls’ back on that one, especially when he’s been shooting the lights out the rest of the year.

    I know these losses are painful, but we have to step back and remember that Crean has had some success in his career. I think we have a tendency to view him as a completely helpless, incapable coach. He did string together something like nine 20-win seasons at Marquette, on top of helping them transition into one of the most consistently dominant conferences.

    Perhaps there’s more to this situation than we’re willing to consider. It’s easy, and reasonable to a point, to bash the coach when the team plays poorly. But sometimes, it’s not simply a coaching issue. If the right things are being taught and executed in practices, but the players simply aren’t executing on them consistently enough in actual games, I think that speaks to a problem bigger than simply inferior coaching.

    If you want Coach to be tougher on our players, then we have to be as well. A lot of this has to do with unacceptable effort on the court. And that starts with the players holding themselves accountable.

  • Casey B.

    For all the accusations being thrown around in the chat regarding Crean “making excuses,” I sure don’t hear any here.

    The only thing I hear is Crean mentioning Hulls being sick, but only in reaction to a question about his personal shooting performance. I have no problem with Crean getting Hulls’ back on that one, especially when he’s been shooting the lights out the rest of the year.

    I know these losses are painful, but we have to step back and remember that Crean has had some success in his career. I think we have a tendency to view him as a completely helpless, incapable coach. He did string together something like nine 20-win seasons at Marquette, on top of helping them transition into one of the most consistently dominant conferences.

    Perhaps there’s more to this situation than we’re willing to consider. It’s easy, and reasonable to a point, to bash the coach when the team plays poorly. But sometimes, it’s not simply a coaching issue. If the right things are being taught and executed in practices, but the players simply aren’t executing on them consistently enough in actual games, I think that speaks to a problem bigger than simply inferior coaching.

    If you want Coach to be tougher on our players, then we have to be as well. A lot of this has to do with unacceptable effort on the court. And that starts with the players holding themselves accountable.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. He sounds just as upset with the effort and intelligence shown on the court as we are. I feel like the next few days of practice are going to be pretty rough.

  • Anonymous

    Agree 100 % and I am sure, as does almost every other coach, he is not saying exactly what he thinks and how he feels when he talks to the media, which in turn, is us as well.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think anyone believed this job was going to be easy at Indiana including TC, but to witness it makes it seem even harder. Hang in there Tom