Recap of Tom Crean on Jim Rome on Showtime

Indiana coach Tom Crean appeared on the new Jim Rome show on Showtime Wednesday evening. Here’s a recap of Rome’s interview with the coach of the 7-0, No. 1-ranked Hoosiers:

· Rome started by pointing out that the Hoosiers “smacked” North Carolina and noting that Will Sheehey called the win a huge statement. Crean was asked if that’s how he saw the win and also what message it sent to the rest of the country.

“I don’t know what [message] it sent the country. The message that our team wanted to send is that they can really defend. We knew we were playing a great team. We knew we were playing a transition team, a tremendous rebounding team. They were averaging 18 offensive rebounds a game, so we were going to have to be great on the glass. I think it sent the message that our guys take defense very serious at a high level.

· Rome asked Crean the significance of being ranked No. 1 given where the program was a couple of years ago:

“It means a lot, personally. But it means a lot because I think it means so much to so many people because of the way they have stuck with us.”

· Rome brought up one-and-done players in the college game and what Crean’s stance is on bringing them to Bloomington:

“To me, it’s part of the deal. And as long as they come in… They have to unpack their bags. I know that sounds like a corny statement and I’m stealing it from one of Mike Krzyzewski’s books one time where he talked about Carlos Boozer had to keep his bags unpacked. And I think that’s exactly what’s gotta happen if somebody comes into the program. You’ve gotta unpack the bags and get into it. If you’re not into the team, if you’re not into education, if you’re not into school, it’s going to catch up with you and you’re going to lose games. Now, if you come in and you’re about the team and you’re about improvement and you’re about doing your very best in school and you leave after one year, two years, so be it. That’s fine.”

· Rome asked Crean about the recent suspension of Morehead State coach Sean Woods for shoving one of his players on the sideline in loss at Kentucky:

“Well first off, I think too many people took shots at him. And as a coach, I’m not trying to defend what happened, but I wasn’t there. And really outside of the team, outside of that assistant coach that was in the mix with it outside of Sean, they’re the only ones who really know what was said, what transpired and what happened in practice. Does that condone it? No. But I think it’s so easy to just verbally beat people up when we don’t understand what happened. Now has he apologized? Was he suspended and disciplined? Absolutely. Does it condone it? No. But I think people just have to let that stuff play out and know that mistakes are going to be made and let the apologies come and let’s move on.”

· Rome followed up by asking what the line is on coaching guys up and trying to get the most out of them:

“I don’t know. I think it’s different. I think there’s an intensity level, there’s an energy level. I think you want to stay away from negative energy as much as possible. But there’s going to be some negative energy and it should come from the coach. It shouldn’t come from anybody else. But I do think you’ve got to help people get out of themselves, be a part of the team and understand there’s a place that they can go. And they may not always want to get there, and they may not know how to get there and that’s part of it.

“I think the more that you make it personal without absolutely trying to personalize the message, and I’ve learned some of this from having some friends and Tony Larussa, to me, was one of the masters of the message. And I’ve spent time around him and you just get a different perspective. My brother in-laws are the same way. I think they personalize the message without making it negative personally. And sometimes it’s going to seem negative, but it’s for that individual. But I think you’ve gotta make sure that’s the line. Let’s not make it so personal. And I know in the past I’ve made those mistakes of being too personal but you grow past that and you just want to try to help people be the absolute best they can be and see how to get there.”

  • HoosierTrav

    Love our coach!

  • HoosierTrav

    Love our coach!

  • http://twitter.com/IUinNap Caleb Moore

    of course he got the Harbaugh family question he always gets and he gave the best answer so far in 4.5 years………”I’ve got the best Harbaugh”.
    Score one for Coach in the bedroom tonight! HAHAH

  • unclekerfuffle

    Yep–class act on so many levels and he will only be better with age and more experience.

  • Kris

    No doubt about it. We can learn a lot just listening to Tom Crean. His comments about the “coach shoving a player” incident say so much about him. His comments about negative energy too. I don’t know what else to say, he’s a good man.

  • Kris

    No doubt about it. We can learn a lot just listening to Tom Crean. His comments about the “coach shoving a player” incident say so much about him. His comments about negative energy too. I don’t know what else to say, he’s a good man.

  • Hoosierfan88

    Great interview. Like others have said, CTC is absolutely the classiest and most admirable in college basketball. I am so glad to have him on our sideline. On another note, Jim Rome is one of my favorite sports radio hosts. I have been disappointed that Tom Crean hasn’t been able to make it to The Jungle in a while, and I was extremely pleased to see him as a guest on one of the first episodes on his new show.

  • HoosierRyno

    I’ve been a lifelong IU fan but it’s guys like Coach Crean that made me absolutely love basketball and this ball program. His work ethic, integrity, energy, and abilities are going to take Indiana Basketball to many championship seasons I believe.

  • HoosierRyno

    I’ve been a lifelong IU fan but it’s guys like Coach Crean that made me absolutely love basketball and this ball program. His work ethic, integrity, energy, and abilities are going to take Indiana Basketball to many championship seasons I believe.

  • IUMIKE1

    Totally agree. That one statement of yours says so much more than the few words that you used.

  • marcusgresham

    Wow, someone found a way to add class to the Jim Rome Show.

  • Joe B

    I keep getting this warm, fuzzy feeling that Tom Crean is going to be a lifer.. He’ll retire a Hoosier, under 10-12 banners.. (:

  • Joe B

    I keep getting this warm, fuzzy feeling that Tom Crean is going to be a lifer.. He’ll retire a Hoosier, under 10-12 banners.. (:

  • WhatsUpKnight

    simply put, he’s a great coach in the absolute perfect spot. i wouldn’t trade him for any other coach in the country, though i wouldn’t mind it if he brought john cheaney out of retirement as an assistant just to scare coach cal a bit. haha

  • A_Schick

    “I WILL CHOKE YOU”

  • A_Schick

    “I WILL CHOKE YOU”

  • SCHoosier

    Crean is a great representative for IU and its b-ball program for any venue in which he appears. Sure he’s a salesman..but a positive one. I can remember holding my breath every time I saw Bob Knight with a mike in front of him. Never have to be concerned about that with TC.

  • SCHoosier

    Crean is a great representative for IU and its b-ball program for any venue in which he appears. Sure he’s a salesman..but a positive one. I can remember holding my breath every time I saw Bob Knight with a mike in front of him. Never have to be concerned about that with TC.

  • marcusgresham

    Close, it was actually “I’ll kill you! I’ll kill you!” if I remember correctly.

  • A_Schick

    I stand corrected. You are absolutely right. I remember seeing that the following morning, being rather young at the time, and just being blown away.

  • ABPMDOBGYNO

    good interview, Crean took over that program at rock bottom and personally turned it around to where it is supposed to be. He deserves all the credit he can get. IU BBALL IS BACK- GO HOOS #1 !!!!

  • ABPMDOBGYNO

    good interview, Crean took over that program at rock bottom and personally turned it around to where it is supposed to be. He deserves all the credit he can get. IU BBALL IS BACK- GO HOOS #1 !!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dennis-Mamelson/100000827970546 Dennis Mamelson

    I watched the moment Tom Crean was introduced as the new coach of my beloved Hoosiers and knew he was the right man for the job. He said he took the job because, “It’s Indiana.” I believe he was referring to not only IU basketball but the history of the game and how our state is synonymous with the game of basketball. Anyone who does not understand that should research the history of basketball in Indiana and they would find that James Naismith traveled west to Indiana to visit a friend and was amazed how the game he invented had grown under the leadership of his friend. So basketball was born in Massachusetts but it blossomed in Indiana … and kept growing. Tom Crean has done so much to make us Hoosier faithful happy and I do believe he has a good chance to crowd the ceiling with banners. Next up .. go back to one class of high school basketball and everything will be fine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.d.key.96 John D Key

    I attended my little nephews final day of Creans sumer camp.
    He sat the kids down and commenced a 5 min or longer talk about teamwork, effort, in sports, school, and at home. It was totally meaningful and uplifting.
    A Great and Inspirational Leader.

  • KnightEraCurmudgeon

    Not only that. When Larry Bird went to Boston, the folks in MA learned that while it may have been invented in their state, it was PERFECTED here :-)

  • marcusgresham

    At the time I thought Cheaney was nuts; now I just think he was ahead of the curve.

  • marcusgresham

    At the time I thought Cheaney was nuts; now I just think he was ahead of the curve.

  • iudawg

    Love that sweater.

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