Glass: This season surprised me

  • 03/08/2012 8:10 am in

Indiana athletic director Fred Glass didn’t hire Tom Crean, but he always supported him. Even as Crean struggled through three of the most miserable years in the history of the program, Glass always believed Crean would turn it around.

Glass just didn’t expect him to do so this quickly.

“I try to avoid expectations and certainly quantifications of number of wins, but this exceeds my wildest non-expectation,” Glass told Inside the Hall of the Hoosiers’ 24-7 regular season. “In the back of my mind, I thought it would be a really good year if we qualified for the NCAA, or even if we qualified for the NIT. I thought that would show substantial progress. For them to break through and have this transformative year this year, I have to tell you, I was surprised by it and very pleased by it.”

Glass knew Crean was the right guy for the job, but not all of Hoosier Nation always agreed. During the struggles, some began to question the progress of the program. There was plenty of talk on radio shows about the Hoosiers making a run for Butler coach Brad Stevens instead.

“People that don’t have a very sophisticated view of where we were and where we’ve been were starting to chirp from the cheap seats that things weren’t going well,” Glass said. “But I’ve been up close, and this dude is the complete package with his consistency and his Xs and Os and his recruiting and all that.

“Even though I didn’t hire him, I wish I would have. I’d like to put that on my resume because he was just the right guy at just the right time.”

At the end of every Indiana basketball regular season, there is usually talk about possible renovations to Assembly Hall. Glass said he would like to make changes to some of the original seats, but he said there won’t be any major changes to the 41-year-old arena anytime soon.

“I’m not looking to build a new Assembly Hall or do a major renovation to the current one,” Glass said. “I think there’s some things we could do to spruce it up, but there’s no immediate plans for anything. If we do anything, it will be fairly minor cosmetic stuff.”

(Photo courtesy of Indiana University.)

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  • ldiu

    Quite refreshing to have the AD be so honest and sincere.  I guess all of us echo his thoughts about the past and hopefully future success of our basketball team.

  • SCHoosier

    I hope he has the same modest expecation goals for IU football..Coach wilson is gona need some time. One b-ball guy can impact four others quickly…but with 11 guys lining up on the gridiorn..you need a few more bodies to excel.

  • WindyCityHoosier

    I can’t but help think about all the Chirping from the Cheap Seats that went on last year regarding the job Crean was doing as head coach.  Lots of it on this message board.  

  • “People that don’t have a very sophisticated view of where we were and
    where we’ve been were starting to chirp from the cheap seats that things
    weren’t going well,” Glass said.

    ** A-Freaking-Men! **

  • plane1972

    Agree wholeheartedly, Rex. Next year is going to be a tough year because expectations are already through the roof. Crean has the Midas touch right now and is surrounding himself with quality people, which makes me very optimistic about the next few years. However, the same unsophisticated folks will be there any time he and the team stubs their toe. As frustrating as that is, it is a great indication that the program is back.

  • plane1972

    Agree wholeheartedly, Rex. Next year is going to be a tough year because expectations are already through the roof. Crean has the Midas touch right now and is surrounding himself with quality people, which makes me very optimistic about the next few years. However, the same unsophisticated folks will be there any time he and the team stubs their toe. As frustrating as that is, it is a great indication that the program is back.

  • HoosierDadE

    I’ll be perfectly candid w/ my thoughts on Fred…he has grown on me (wasn’t 100% behind the hire).  I appreciate the honesty he shows, and he is a tireless worker.  Between him and JD…that athletic department is in good hands.

    Plus…Fred is delivering on his promise to Coach Smith about new baseball (and softball) fields.  Hey, I’m biased for this sport.

    But…let’s kick some Penn State rear.  I’m ready to leave the office and head to Conseco or whatever it’s called now.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    At this time last year, it seemed as if there were plenty of IU “fans” that wanted Crean to fail this year (miss the NCAAs) so that they could ramp up their chants for Brad Stevens.  What a difference a year makes!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    At this time last year, it seemed as if there were plenty of IU “fans” that wanted Crean to fail this year (miss the NCAAs) so that they could ramp up their chants for Brad Stevens.  What a difference a year makes!

  • BCharles9295

    Yeah, those were IMO the same fans “chirping from the cheap seats.”  I would not be in favor of hiring Brad Stevens should tragedy strike and CTC leaves or is fired.

  • How great it is to have an AD like him.

  • Dan

    “some things we could do to spruce it up” – does that include hanging a 6th banner from the rafters?  Wouldn’t that be a nice renovation to make in the next few years?  Let’s Go Hoosiers!

  • BCharles9295

    Hopefully when fans say the team is “back” they understand that doesn’t mean they have to win an NCAA title every year or the entire operation is a huge failure.  It would be nice, don’t get me wrong, but way unrealistic of an expectation.

  • iudawg

    Sat in the last row of Assembly Hall for the game vs. Purdue.  It’s a different world up there.  Will only sit in the first 25 rows or so of the main level, or first 5 rows of the balcony from here on in.

  • plane1972

    Yes. By “back” I mean the team is attracting top-tier players who respect what Indiana is all about, won’t embarrass the university and program, and want to compete for B1G and national championships. If that is happening, Crean is (should be) our guy for the long haul. 

  • plane1972

    Yes. By “back” I mean the team is attracting top-tier players who respect what Indiana is all about, won’t embarrass the university and program, and want to compete for B1G and national championships. If that is happening, Crean is (should be) our guy for the long haul. 

  • Steeled09

    Is there anyway to listen to the game today from work online?

  • mrjonessodaandme

    :deleted:

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I have always been a Crean supporter because he is our coach and he needed as much time as possible to rebuild.  I feel discord among fans is not a good thing and I do believe Glass has the best vantage point.  What I don’t like (actually hate) is that he used a monetary based metaphor to segregate Hoosier nation by making the cheap seats statement.  At any point during the previous 3 seasons the university standpoint was come one come all because we need your support through this tragedy. The fans had to keep the ship upright along with all the other people involved.  Yes the fans, because that is the majority.  Coaches may go under fire, players, administrators too, but the fans are taking the most heat from all the other fans of other programs.  The fans were fighting for the history and pride of Old IU.  The school opened the balcony for 5 bucks to keep any momentum alive and attendance coming through the turn-styles.  Where the comment can be offensive is based on this very real fact. That fact is and have to understand is that there are many many fans who could never ever afford to go to a single game in their lifetime, but that offer gave them an option to go (even though it was during the most catastrophic time in Hoosier History).  My comment to Glass is don’t segregate the fan base on financial status, and if you beg for people just to come an keep the spirit up then be prepared to hear other points of view.  You don’t have to do what they say, but you better get off your high horse and at least listen to the people you begged to come and stay.  His comments makes us seem arrogant ,pompous, and unavailable to the average to poor income families who still want to be fans.  Not everyone can be a high level donor or buy the most expensive seats.  Yes there were many many fans losing patience but passion drives that.  Be prepared to hear it, and don’t blame it (metaphorically even) on people sitting in the cheap seats because you were basically begging for fans to stay on board a floundering vessel. If it was not for our heart, pride, and love for the state and the school there would have been no reason to stay.  It was just an analogy, but it was a very poor choice of words. It made me sad more than anything that a class based but classless comment came from a leader of our public university.  I have many friends throughout the state (some work two jobs and sleep very little) who dream of going to a game, but just cannot afford it.  Cheap seats to them would be a dream come true.

    I am not saying I don’t agree with him either. I actually liked his ultimate point. It was just the road he took to get there.

  • Tom S

    Cheap seats, in this context, has nothing to do with seats.  It refers to people who aren’t directly involved in a situation, or close enough to the situation understand all that is occurring.  See Urban Dictionary, Cheap Seats, definition 3.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    you’re absolutely right. it’s a great problem to have, but next season the pressure is going to be on to upstage this season! 

    i think about the talent we’ve got coming back… 
    and then i think of all the talent we’ve got coming in… 
    and then i realize how incredibly deep we’re going to be… 
    and then i think of all the scoring threats CTC will have in his arsenal…
    and then i think “how the hell will he be able to figure out the starting lineup! how does he get all these guys on the court!”.
    again, great problem to have 😉

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I get that and that is my point.  As a leader of a massive following, off the cuff comments or statements backed up by “Urban Dictionary” are not acceptable.  Professionalism is the way to go, and slang is far from that.  Say it for what it is but don’t use terminology that can be misconstrued and make other people feel inferior.  That is all. Like I said, I don’t disagree with his points either.

  • Hardwood83

    I agree, I wasn’t sure about him but he’s done a solid job so far. Only criticism I have so far is concerning those red shoes he was wearing the other day….that was just unfortunate. Alright I have to go now, I sound like a woman.

  • agoh2629

    Did he really say “this dude” in reference to CTC?

  • CreanFaithful

    Last year? Try last loss…

  • MT

    As someone who thought Glass was (and is) a dang-near perfect hire, I’m honestly curious what your reservations about him were/are.  Is it background, or style, or something else? 

  • Tom S

    But I disagree that it’s “off the cuff”, and it’s certainly not only backed up by Urban Dictionary.  That was just the first reference link I found in a quick google. It’s the standard meaning of the phrase, and has been for the five decades I’ve heard it used.

    He said what he meant, and used language that meant what he intended to say.  If someone misinterprets a common phrase’s meaning because they’re unfamiliar with it that’s unfortunate, but it’s not Fred Glass’s fault, it’s not a class-based comment, and certainly doesn’t make him unprofessional.

  • Andrew

    Um…yeah.  Sorry you wrote so much, but Tom S just described to you what it means in two sentences.  You’re grasping at straws here.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Listen guys, don’t paint me as the villain.  I was standing up for something I believe in.  I was standing up for families who are not as fortunate and could be hurt by that comment.  I have nothing to gain or prove by standing up for them.  I respect how you may not see it from my perspective, but from my perspective it was not professional to say.  I did say I agree with his ultimate point.  He references sophistication, so maybe he should communicate with it as well.  Fan speak is one thing, but addressing the public as a high ranking official should be only sophisticated. Nice win today.  Go IU   

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Listen guys, don’t paint me as the villain.  I was standing up for something I believe in.  I was standing up for families who are not as fortunate and could be hurt by that comment.  I have nothing to gain or prove by standing up for them.  I respect how you may not see it from my perspective, but from my perspective it was not professional to say.  I did say I agree with his ultimate point.  He references sophistication, so maybe he should communicate with it as well.  Fan speak is one thing, but addressing the public as a high ranking official should be only sophisticated. Nice win today.  Go IU   

  • Hoosier Clarion

     In sports as in any other field the professionals need to choose language that the listeners(fans)can easily understand and not have to interpret.  AD Glass is damn good at accomplishing that goal.