Tom Crean reacts to Jurkin, Mosquera-Perea ruling

Indiana coach Tom Crean joined SiriusXM’s “Inside College Basketball” show Tuesday evening and talked to Jeff Goodman and Bruce Pearl about the suspensions of Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

His comments are below.

On the facts of the case, specifically Mark Adams being labeled a booster for donations from 1986-1992: “The facts are pretty self-explanatory when you really read through it and that’s really what it is. Now there’s going to be an appeal process, I don’t know how you couldn’t when you get something like that.”

On the team’s depth, and the ruling’s effects on Jurkin and Mosquera-Perea: “There’s no question that that hurts us. And they are going to play for this team, there’s no question they’re contributors in this program right away. The bigger concern right now is for both Hanner and Peter individually. Because right now, they don’t really know why this is happening. And it’s really hard for us to explain it to them because I don’t really know why this is happening.

“With Hanner and Peter, every request that’s been made of them, every question that’s been thrown their way, every hypothetical that was presented, everything that was given to them — they answered it. I mean, everybody answered it … My concern is for them because as a coach, it’s one thing to to tell them how to attack the zone, how to break the press and how to improve their free-throw shooting. It’s a whole other thing when you don’t have an answer for why they have to sit games out. Really, publicly, that’s about the limit of what I feel comfortable saying.”

On Mark Adams: “He has been … forthright and forthcoming. In all honestly, if he was a booster  when we got to Indiana in 2008, I sure wish we would have gotten Emmanuel Negedu — who you (Bruce Pearl) ended up getting.  Because we were at a point where we had 28 points coming back in the program and we certainly wouldn’t have minded signing him. But it doesn’t work that way. Obviously his career was cut short with his heart. But it’s tough, it’s a tough pill to swallow. So I don’t have any desire to swallow it and I don’t think anybody really does.”

  • WhatsUpKnight

    zeller’s gonna have to play close to or the entire 40 in several of these games, granted he’s able to stay out of foul trouble. i can’t help but worry that it’s going to cost them the unc andor ucla/g’town game (which would give us one less top 25 win, and could definitely affect our seed). still, that doesn’t tick me off as badly as the thought of those two having to miss games they worked so hard to prepare for.

  • marcusgresham

    It also basically precludes IU from ever being able to recruit an A-Hope kid ever again without telling him he won’t be able to play the first several games of his career if he goes to Bloomington.

  • marcusgresham

    More zone defense, maybe more pressing because the lineups will be smaller and quicker.

  • IUMIKE1

    Oops, got a little bit ahead of myself and replied to your comment above before I read this one.

  • http://twitter.com/erikholm Erik Holm

    Exactly right. This could be a big deal seeding wise. There is an Indianapolis region that would be huge for us. I know it’s waaaaayy to early…but, if the ‘top overall seed’ is determined/swayed based on on possible early season loss, the other possible teams could be other Midwestern teams like UofL, UK, OSU, UMich that’d end up in Indy while we’d get kicked somewhere else.

  • http://twitter.com/erikholm Erik Holm

    Exactly right. This could be a big deal seeding wise. There is an Indianapolis region that would be huge for us. I know it’s waaaaayy to early…but, if the ‘top overall seed’ is determined/swayed based on on possible early season loss, the other possible teams could be other Midwestern teams like UofL, UK, OSU, UMich that’d end up in Indy while we’d get kicked somewhere else.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    The truth is coming out. I hate to say it but we just need to take it on the chin, be polite, and be thankful the situation looks ridiculous to all of college basketball. We lost our guys for 9 games, but that is better than the alternative. The NCAA in the end will catch a lot of flak publicly. Sit back and watch it unfold while cheering on our team. The last thing I would want is for this to become is a major distraction for the guys still suiting up. This is the best course, and the rest of the country will do the dirty work.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I agree, but if we are worthy of a banner then IU will beat anyone anytime, anyplace on route to the title during the tournament. It’s all about swagger whether we play in Indy or in Anchorage. The boys just have to go out and win. Plain and simple. Never rely on the easy button.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    If Zeller gets in foul trouble, we’re in trouble in the front court.

  • MillaRed

    I feel you JT, but worse? Really? We are talking about bumper stickers. 20 year old bumper stickers. Honestly, there has to be 5,000 worse things that have gone down in the NCAA over the past 20 years that actually needed attention.

  • MillaRed

    I feel you JT, but worse? Really? We are talking about bumper stickers. 20 year old bumper stickers. Honestly, there has to be 5,000 worse things that have gone down in the NCAA over the past 20 years that actually needed attention.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    The takeaway lesson for other schools? Don’t self-report and hope that you get away with it — you probably will.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    interesting thought, will be curious to see if CTC tries it.

  • http://twitter.com/erikholm Erik Holm

    I agree. I recall UofI playing in the Chicago regional a few years ago & had a great comeback against ‘Zona. It’s called home field advantage for a reason. The tourney can be a crap shoot having to win 6 games…

  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.bergmann2 Ken Bergmann

    Bumper Stickers? How dare you?
    Subversive’s!

  • http://www.facebook.com/drkatkinson Derek Atkinson

    we need to quit whining about this… we went to the Sweet 16 last season with the same core guys AND now we’ve added Jeremy AND Yogi. I know we don’t have DE for a while, but Remy’s going to be so much better and Vic and Will are so much stronger and way more confident (if that could actually happen;)… we’ll be just fine. And, the NCAA may yet lesson the suspension once the fine is paid- it’s not totally impossible.

  • http://www.facebook.com/drkatkinson Derek Atkinson

    we need to quit whining about this… we went to the Sweet 16 last season with the same core guys AND now we’ve added Jeremy AND Yogi. I know we don’t have DE for a while, but Remy’s going to be so much better and Vic and Will are so much stronger and way more confident (if that could actually happen;)… we’ll be just fine. And, the NCAA may yet lesson the suspension once the fine is paid- it’s not totally impossible.

  • Jethro Troll

    I realize all they found was a $185 donation to IU 15 years ago, but what if they found something more substantial? Im not saying I agree with the NCAA’s ruling (however they do have a very difficult and unenviable job to do), but it is only 9 games. It could have been alot worse.
    So, Im happy the ruling is behind us, the program knows what it has to deal with, and Perea and Jurkin will be on the floor soon. And for that, Im grateful.

  • SCHoosier

    Losing a 6-9 senior (Elston)..a 7ft and 6-8 Freshman (PJ and HMP.).is a big hit.

    If I had a poll vote..Louisville would move into the pre-season #1 slot..which frankly is fine with me.

  • chiv86

    Don’t forget, Watford has played the 5 as backup for IU in his first 2 years. He even subbed in during the exhibition to play the 5 for a few minutes, if i recall correctly. We will need to keep both CZ and Wat out of foul trouble for sure. We will have Hollowell and Sheehey as backup 4s but only Wat and possibly Howard(for now) as backups for 5. The 5 spot will be the trickiest when it comes to big games like UNC and Georgetown/UCLA.

  • chiv86

    Don’t forget, Watford has played the 5 as backup for IU in his first 2 years. He even subbed in during the exhibition to play the 5 for a few minutes, if i recall correctly. We will need to keep both CZ and Wat out of foul trouble for sure. We will have Hollowell and Sheehey as backup 4s but only Wat and possibly Howard(for now) as backups for 5. The 5 spot will be the trickiest when it comes to big games like UNC and Georgetown/UCLA.

  • hoosierdaddy3

    Haha, yes sir! It’s not like Hanner and Peter hopped off the plane and right into a Mercedes with an IU license plate (this isn’t SEC football…) I wouldn’t care if A-Hope bought them laptops, iPods, or whatever the heck else kids want. They weren’t living a life better than the average high school student.

  • millzy32

    Ridiculous penalty but bright side is that Perea is hurt and Jurkin is probably not ready quite yet. At least it wasn’t the entire year. The NCAA is the antithesis of a democracy.

  • cheeseman18

    Jeremy is also a very good rebounder for his position, which will be very helpful

  • cheeseman18

    Jeremy is also a very good rebounder for his position, which will be very helpful

  • SCHoosier

    Good points..but its just so ludicrous. We will miss those guys against GA/UCLA or Gtown and UNC…others we’ll handle easily. Issue becomes player development. Practice helps..but playing in game conditions is needed to have them contribute in the conference. Perea’s foot is a longer term problem in any case…still not convinced he’s gonna make the floor this year..cause the kind of injury he has is only healed with time off.

  • joebull

    i’m not worried about “us” or the team performance, it’s the lack of justice for perea/jurkin that stinks. totally unfair to them. hundreds of miles from home, giving it their all. thanks ncaa. what’s your missions statement again?

  • joebull

    i’m not worried about “us” or the team performance, it’s the lack of justice for perea/jurkin that stinks. totally unfair to them. hundreds of miles from home, giving it their all. thanks ncaa. what’s your missions statement again?

  • IUJeff

    Self reporting not only hurts us, it takes the focus of the NCAA away from schools that really need policing.

    How about this for an idea? If it is not required to self-report, don’t self-report. Do your best not to commit violations, learn from your mistakes, and put corrective ations in place to prevent the incident from ever happening again under your watch.

  • hoosier1158

    jeff howard averaged a double/double his senior year. I think he could be a big help.
    I also like reading your comments…

  • Evansville Hoosier

    we’re better than that. Also, it lends itself to the idea that if an authority has to find out about something on their own they will be more upset, and usually they will find out anyway.

  • Toby Kemp

    Just going to throw it out there, aside from a perfect season, I’m pretty sure IU has had at least 3 (in 1940) losses every time they won a National Championship. Not everyone has to win it with 1 or no losses.

  • Toby Kemp

    Just going to throw it out there, aside from a perfect season, I’m pretty sure IU has had at least 3 (in 1940) losses every time they won a National Championship. Not everyone has to win it with 1 or no losses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6818713 Jim Davis

    I’m going to donate $ 25 a year to pUKe, OSU, NC, and MSU. They when they are recruiting guy we want at IU, I’ll just give those guys a cell phone or buy them a couple dinners and then report that a booter gave them something — and they’ll get suspended!! What a great recruiting tool for us……

  • SCHoosier

    Agree…altho the NCAA makes “honest is the best policy” a moot point. They ought to be running political campaigns..not college sports.

  • SCHoosier

    Agree…altho the NCAA makes “honest is the best policy” a moot point. They ought to be running political campaigns..not college sports.

  • http://twitter.com/BlackMatt5 Matt Johnson

    Jeff Howard actually looked very active when he was on the floor. I don’t see why people quickly throw him under the bus. For Non conference games I would be fine with Jeff Howard giving in 5-6 minutes here and there. Against UNC or GT/UCLA those teams may be of concern but I’m not worried. If IU goes undefeated in Non conference play w/o Jurkin, Perea, and Elston that should prove that IU deserves to be #1 with all the big hits we have taken as of lately.

  • twarrior87

    You make a point, but you’re forgetting we have not other big men to back up Zeller… last year at least we had Pritchard… we don’t have him anymore and Elston is hurt… who is going to give Cody a rest at the C spot? Watford?

  • IUMIKE1

    I know that you’re just kidding ( I think ) but in a way it goes a long way in showing exactly how stupid this whole thing is cause, technically, you could pretty much do just that.

  • IUMIKE1

    I know that you’re just kidding ( I think ) but in a way it goes a long way in showing exactly how stupid this whole thing is cause, technically, you could pretty much do just that.

  • IUMIKE1

    Which mission statement do you mean the one that they put out there for public consumption or the one that they seem to actually go by that is tucked away in some safe somewhere ?

  • IUMIKE1

    Almost seems like self reporting has the opposite effect.

    Cam Newton at Auburn & pUKe. I rest my case.

  • IUMIKE1

    Yep

  • IUMIKE1

    Yep

  • IUMIKE1

    I’m kinda surprised by the number of people on here that don’t seem to understand the importance of these two guys getting as many actual game minutes as possible prior to a game like UNC ( that you so rightfully point out could end up hurting us seed wise ) let alone just 2 or 3 games before the start of the B1G. When you add in that the 2 players affected are still learning the finer points of the game it becomes even more of a factor. Every minute that HP & PJ play is equal to what a player that has been playing bball their whole life would get out of 5 or 6 minutes of actual game minutes.

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