• yimyames

    Dammit, should have known nothing would come out in this interview.

  • Hardwood83

    True, but what can he say? According to half the schmucks on the internet he ran him off, the other half say the kids a loser. Okay maybe 60/40, anyway, it’s done. Wish him well and move on.

  • Candy Stripes

    As good as coach is at dealing with the press, you can see that he gets agitated with the reporters for asking pretty obvious questions. Of course fans are going to want to know what happened with Luke. Coming across snippy was not the way to go hear, but will give him the benefit of the doubt that he is just as bummed and shocked as us fans. Bottom line, players transfer. Happens every year to every program, but always hurts a little more to lose a good player and a good kid.

  • Raynger

    Players do leave but I’d like to know what is behind Luke’s decision to leave. Was the school too large, homesick or did he decide IU basketball was not his fit.

  • JethroTroll

    He didn’t appear ‘snippy’ at all to me.

  • Candy Stripes

    Just my opinion I guess. When asked the question about “what’s next”, he clearly looked agitated and got a bit defensive. Guy are just doing their job. Good thing he doesn’t work in NY, Boston, or Philly as they would have kept at him to get some answers.

  • JethroTroll

    I guess. I thought the question was extremely dumb and I probably would have answered it the same way. Look at it this way. Crean was basically asked where the program goes from here over a reserve freshman with just 13 games under his belt leaving. What the hell do you expect him to say? IU basketball is much, much bigger than Fischer. Sorry, I thought the question was extremely short sided and poorly thought out, and Crean’s response was the correct one. “Hey, we have Illinois tomorrow. Our Big Ten opener.”

  • Candy Stripes

    Sorry, forgot that I needed to check with Jethro Troll on my opinion before posting. Will try and remember next time. A little short sided of you to think that none of us are curious as to why Luke is leaving or how coach may tweak the line up in his absence.

  • JethroTroll

    I just said he wasn’t ‘snippy’. Didn’t say anything about your opinion or your curiosity.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    I think this is pretty much standard operating procedure for Crean. He’s not exactly buddy-buddy with most of the media, and it’s pretty much a one way convo.

  • notfargj

    “really, what it is: it is what it is.” that one is for the ages. i love coach crean.

  • mc2030

    I agree that he was short-off about Luke’s transfer and didn’t want any part of the discussion. I thought the real interesting answer was to the follow-up question that referred to Crean’s contradiction that “he’s not really shocked” while also saying that “no one saw this coming”. Crean quickly said “that’s just my opinion, that’s what that means” was one of the most unacceptable answers I’ve ever seen him give to a question. That was a great question and Crean didn’t want any part of answering it, which kind of goes to show his hubris.

  • mc2030

    That answer was just a cop out and a distraction from the question he was being asked. It isn’t his job to pick the questions he is asked, that’s the media’s job. IU basketball is too “big” for top 100 recruits that went undefeated their last two years in high school and led their team to two straight State Championships?

  • IULore

    You can tell Crean is pretty mad in this interview.

  • yimyames

    I don’t know, he could give a reason why he has decided to leave couldn’t he?

  • ForeverIU

    He seemed emotional at one point to me. He’s been doing his best, judging from Luke’s improving role, to develop Luke.

  • ForeverIU

    He seemed more emotional than mad to me.

  • Earl Scheib

    I don’t know what it shows, hubris, mania, heartbreak, but I was struck by the same cryptic utterance. It gave me pause in trying to sympathize with the man, I have to admit. I actually replayed it a few times to make sure I heard it right. His mind was definitley scrambling to figure out something–anything to say, but those two conflicting answers were just bizarre. But the more I think about it, the bizarro comment is probably an indicator that he truly had no idea why this kid left so abruptly, and that he was merely babbling away, totally blind-sided by WTH just happened to his team, season, recruiting, his own image and the program’s, and of course, Luke Fischer.

  • Earl Scheib

    I don’t know what it shows, hubris, mania, heartbreak, but I was struck by the same cryptic utterance. It gave me pause in trying to sympathize with the man, I have to admit. I actually replayed it a few times to make sure I heard it right. His mind was definitley scrambling to figure out something–anything to say, but those two conflicting answers were just bizarre. But the more I think about it, the bizarro comment is probably an indicator that he truly had no idea why this kid left so abruptly, and that he was merely babbling away, totally blind-sided by WTH just happened to his team, season, recruiting, his own image and the program’s, and of course, Luke Fischer.

  • sometime i comment

    We are all probably curious about it, but really, don’t you think there would be some potential reasons that are private to the person involved and that privacy should be respected unless/until that person chooses to make it public? Perhaps that was what coach Crean was trying to do. We should not assume it This or That, but put ourselves in the shoes of the person resigning and consider what the Coach should say. Respecting privacy and helping preserve the dignity of everyone involved is important and is what is expected of a person of integrity. Remember, he has to be mindful of how all the members of the team take this and they will have varying reactions and emotions about this as well. If his reaction had been 180 degrees different, like anger, bewilderment or along the lines of “OMG, I can’t believe it, we’re betrayed, this is the ruination of everything,” the fans (among others) would not like that answer either. Really, “It is what it is and we go on” IMO is about the only thing to be said at this point. He also may not have had all the information from the family that would have been helpful in choosing his words.

  • JethroTroll

    What the hell do you expect Crean to say? He’s the head coach of IU, for god’s sake. You know what happens when you start fighting transfers? You get vilified by everybody. Remember when Ryan didn’t want to release Uthoff? This board did nothing but rip Bo Ryan.
    Look where the Badgers are now. Some of you guys need to wake up.

  • JethroTroll

    The IU program is bigger than any one person. Crean needn’t worry about something out of his control. It happens EVERYWHERE. Despite how often you pretend it doesn’t.
    Crean’s focus, and the PROGRAM’S focus, is now on Illinois. Fischer leaving is just a minor blip, not some major delimma for Crean to navigate thru. No reason to ask Crean “where does the PROGRAM go from here”.
    That’s nothing short of asinine to ask Crean that question.

  • Indiana_Banners

    I can’t believe people are ripping Crean for not being more specific about Fischer.

    For what? So you can pick it apart and diss the kid? Crean is taking
    whatever heat anyone who doesn’t know what happened is deciding to throw
    his way which is the right thing to do.

    If Crean says he was homesick, what then? Some people will relax, some will still blame Crean, and some will rip Luke for wanting to be near his mother and father, as if that’s abnormal.

    If Crean says he didn’t practice well, what then? Some people will relax, some will blame Crean, and some will blame Luke for not performing.

    Crean is making the right call by not answering that question and taking the heat himself, because the truth isn’t going to make anyone happy and probably violates something that Luke told him in confidence. It isn’t always your right to know, frankly. It sucks that Luke transferred, but I definitely agree with the coach’s decision to respect his privacy and confidence.

  • Indiana_Banners

    Yeah, who cares what Luke’s wishes may be regarding that, how it may affect him, or fans may respond to him on twitter or whatever else… I really need to know.

  • Wet Vette

    Privacy and a confidential convo I do respect but…this is a MIDSEASON transfer taking place at a very respectful collegiate university.what the hell is going on with a major player wanting to leave on a moments notice?? CTC(that’s Clappy Tom crean) looks a bit …no wait …majorly stressed on a question that he should answer about HIS BASKETBALL TEAM…Enough with all of his EXCUSSES and and and and stalling to answer any question that he contradicts his own answer…really C”MON MAN I am OFF the CTC bandwagon as of now just waiting to see who else transfers or or or or or leaves for whatever reason.My god Fred Glass wake up and smell the coffee and get a grip on your university happenings.I applaud LF for doing what needs to be done b/c he wasn’t getting the playing time he or a few other players desverve so Mr.Fischer goodluck sir and thanks for doing what needed to be done…..Tick Tock Tom…clocks ticking

  • calbert40

    What kind of person “applauds” someone for quitting? Even IF he left due to PT (which I don’t think that is what it is, but that’s not the point), whatever happened to sticking something out and EARNING your PT? Do we want CTC (Coach Tom Crean…enough with the “clappy” stuff) to just give minutes to a freshman who came into school hurt? I’m sure the upperclassmen would have loved that. Luke was good, and I think we will miss him, but he wasn’t Cody.

    We will miss you on the “bandwagon.” Watch that first step.

  • calbert40

    I thought it was funny, and evidently the reporter did as well, because he laughed. I’m sure he is annoyed at the situation in general, and he has probably been asked the same question a thousand times. This is the way nearly every coach handles the media. I had no problem with his responses.

    At the very least, he handles the media a lot better than a certain former coach of ours. I think he would have been less cheery than CTC.

  • calbert40

    I assume that we will get the answer eventually, but it shouldn’t come from CTC. Why doesn’t the media ask Luke? Maybe interview his parents or other family members? Maybe Luke and his parents specifically asked CTC to keep this as private as possible, and he is honoring that desire? The truth is we don’t know.

    I think it would be inappropriate for CTC to just come out and say, “Luke was homesick, so he left school to be closer to his family.” There is nothing wrong with that, but it could have the potential to make Luke look badly. Nothing good comes from that, even if it is true.

    If CTC says, “Luke left the program due to differences between himself and the staff on PT and usage,” it gives the media (and all of us) some reason to question things that go on inside the locker room, and that doesn’t help the program.

    So, CTC is answering the question in a manner that doesn’t do any damage to Luke or the program. Isn’t that exactly what we’d hope for out of our coach?

  • Wet Vette

    Thanks for the info on the first step off the band wagon this must come from your own experience.I don’t like the fact that LF leaves midseason on the team either but there must be a highly regarded reason why and CTC(clappy tom crean) is unable to deal with the situation and now the team and university plus the fan base pays for the quick departure.The injury doesn’t seem to be a factor if you was watching the last couple of games you would have notice LF running the floor in Zellerisk fashion.The problem is Clappy Tom Crean and eventually the truth will surface and hopefully Clappy will be gone as well.I will be here long after TTT (Tick Tock Tom ) is gone .

  • Wet Vette

    You must be on the Clappy bandwagon b/c of all the excuses your making for him.Not only does he need an in game advisor on the X’s and O’s of the game but a spokesperson to answer media questions also im not surprised he doesn’t have a lawyer beside him telling him what to say.Absolutly Tom Crean should be answering question’s about his ball team with as many facts about the issue as possible.If in any way he is being respectful to the Fischer family then that’s honorably for him to do I just feel that again he is tap dancing his way out of an important issue.

  • Coach

    It’s all CREANS FAULT the starting line up gets subbed to much, and VONLEH GETS SUBED OUT WAY TOO MUCH.

  • calbert40

    Nope. I was never on or off the bandwagon. Just a fan through thick and thin. I trust Coach Crean and his staff, and I think those who don’t care for him as coach see fire despite the lack of smoke.

    You can put your bias into what you see, if you choose. I’ll try to look at the facts of the story for what they are. If you’d like to, you can stay on ITH and read Luke’s own words about his decision to transfer. Sounds like he has nothing but respect for Coach Crean and IU. He didn’t sound bitter at all, which is refreshing when so many others do.

  • calbert40

    A reasonable explanation and expectation is not an excuse. It is, well, reasonable.

    Being reasonable doesn’t equate being on anyone’s bandwagon. In this case, it means holding judgment until there are enough facts available to make a reasonable and informed assessment of the situation. I will continue to stay in that camp as opposed to the making-wild-accusations-camp. Sadly, there appears to be plenty enough people pitching their tents over there as it currently stands.