Video: Crean, Glass address media at Huber Winery

  • 06/03/2015 7:50 pm in

BORDEN, Ind. – Before addressing a large contingency of fans who gather annually at Hubery Winery to hear from the coaches from a variety of Indiana’s athletic programs, Tom Crean and Fred Glass met with the media at length on Wednesday evening and addressed a variety of topics.

Inside the Hall was in attendance and we’ve got the full video of comments from both Crean and Glass from earlier tonight. Watch the in-depth update from Crean and comments from Glass from the first stop of the 2015 “On the Road” tour below:

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  • Robert Golden

    There is that word “process” again.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i’ve said it before, this guy could have a career in pr if the coaching thing doesn’t work out! and i don’t mean that as an insult, or to imply he’s being disingenuous. i think he knows when to elaborate and when to hold back, and his work ethic and passion for coaching really come out in his interviews. bottom line, he’s obviously very bright. kills me that it doesn’t always come across when he’s on the sideline, in particular when he gets into shouting matches with the opposing coaches. it’s starting to happen way too often. if he gave up using foul language, don’t you think he could also get this under control? it’s a little embarrassing. then again, it’s kinda fun to watch too. 😉

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I like his response to the second to last question regarding “no more hiccups.” There’s no way anyone can guarantee there will be no more problems. We also have to remember that it’s easy to say what should have been done from all of the way over here, but it’s not so easy when you’re in the thick of it. I’ve seen it time and time again where people talk big on what they believe should have happened but when faced with a similar controversy, they flip the script and choose the easy way out. Something to keep in mind when we criticize folks, Crean and others alike.

  • At the Quarries

    At the end of the video clip CTC says he is a coach, not a teacher. Wow! Of all the Crean interviews and pressers I have watched, and I have watched many, this one line was the most revealing. Now I understand why he is not a great coach, and I don’t mean this as a kind of bashing. He admits it himself. He says teachers are worth their weight in gold. I think all the great coaches were/are TEACHERS of the game. I have always said CTC is a great basketball mind, but he probably is not great at distilling what he knows into teachable units like great teachers do. Please you all don’t take this as me taking shots at CTC. It just makes me realistic about what to expect.

    Alas, has the age of the teacher-coach passed?

  • At the Quarries

    I agree, but I found it odd the way CTC pounced on the reporter who asked him the question. It seemed obvious to me that the reporter was alluding to the case of Devin and Hanner. So, if anything, the reporter wanted CTC to explain what gets him to finally make the decision to dismiss a player, and not why he appears to be lenient. CTC’s reaction seemed a bit defensive, but that’s okay, he wears his emotions on his sleeve.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    you’re right, perspectives change when you’re personally involved, though doesn’t change the objective right and wrong ways to handle these situations imho. but i have to say, after all the tomfoolery (yes, i’m old enough to use that word) he’s dealt with over the past couple seasons, i doubt the decision to dismiss those two was all that difficult. in fact, i’d guess it was fairly easy, especially considering how quickly the decision was made.

  • Bill Graham

    I agree that teaching is a major aspect of coaching. Coach is defined (via Merriam Webster) as “a person who teachers or trains…” However, I think you took his comment slightly out of context. He initially referred to himself as an educator (as in he educates his players on the game) he backed-up and said he’s not a traditional educator in the classroom sense to avoid scrutiny from people in the education profession (such as myself).

    As far as the age of the teacher-coach passing… I agree to an extent. This shortened shot clock, run and gun, take your man solo or pop a 3 like the NBA cats do, is a bunch of bull. I was watching the 1987 championship team the other day and it was amazing how patient Knight was in his offense. He had great shooters like Alford that could jack up a shot and probably hit in a seconds notice, but that is not the way he coached. Instead they pounded the ball inside and set screen after screen until shooters had time for a decent jump shot. I hate Duke (just freaking hate em man)…but one thing I’ll tip my hat on is that they hit shots because they are open shots (most of the time). Michigan State does this. Wichita State does this. Butler does this. Iowa State did this (adios Hoiberg). So ya I think teacher-coaches are few and far between but there’s still a couple around.

  • Bill Graham

    No major criticism of Crean but come on reporters are we serious?! I mean if I’m gonna ask Crean questions, I’m not gonna say stuff like, “Oh well what do you think of the national pre-season ranking?” or “What makes this team different?” Crean is a natural talker, the dude could speak a novel on anything. So if I’m asking him the questions I’m not going to ask some broad question that he can answer the same way he does every other question. I mean he seriously could have answered every question (and pretty much did) like this, “Well I think we have to get tougher, play defense, have leadership, work hard, be a team, and develop younger guys.” I ALREADY KNOW THAT! tell me something I dont know! such as, “What kind of role do you see Juwan playing with Max and Collin being older and more experienced?” Or “What are your impressions of Harrison Niego?” (something he has never spoken on) or “Is Thomas Bryant physically and fundamentally ready to be an elite big in this league?” or “Do you plan on running a four man motion like we did last year or do you plan on playing more inside out such as high-post low-post?” These questions cant be answered in Crean cliches of “well its going to take teamwork and toughness and we gotta work hard.”

    Ask the questions that people want to know. My hats off to that last reporter Ya he made Crean uncomfortable but good! The fans want to know are these behavioral issues over? And he asked it! good for him!

  • robmac10

    I agree with you that the cupcake/repeated questions get tiring. But lets be honest, if given some of those (mainly the ones about current roster makeup) he’s going to deflect naturally and still say his same lines. For example on the rotation question, he’s going to say something along the lines of “Well ya know we have to get into the gym see the chemistry between the guys before we decide anything like that.” then deflect to his normal “It’s really about playing a team game. Making sure everyone is on the same page being responsible for each other, etc. etc.”. Sadly I think most of the questions asked will only get straight answers if they are broad and overarching theme type questions. Wish he’d get grilled and answer honestly, but hey maybe he’ll surprise us if this team performs how we all expect them too.

  • At the Quarries

    Thanks, Bill. Point well taken. I’m a college professor too. I know a coach is expected to be more than a “classroom teacher”. But in my profession paradigms have also shifted in the direction of the classroom teacher being more of a “facilitator” than a “lecturer”. But I think the basic principle of distilling knowledge into teachable moments is at the core of education of any kind. In this sense, the basketball court is also a classroom. Interesting you mentioned MSU. I googled a youtube video of Izzo teaching defense to his players. it was mesmerizing, the way he was getting his players to move together like a unit. He did it with all the skill and artistry of a classroom teacher. Yes, CTC might have a different approach, and I accept that, and it was good to see him being honest about it.

  • At the Quarries

    I agree, reporters are in general way too soft. I found it interesting though that CTC mentioned possibly alternating between 2- and 3-guard lineups. I’m glad he’s thinking in these terms.

  • robmac10

    Believe he even mentioned “playing Troy in that position”. Think he was referring to the 3 position, which should make some on here happy as they’ve been begging for that to be the lineup.

  • At the Quarries

    Yes, he mentioned Troy at the 3, which many on here believe is his more natural position.

  • hoosier93

    He did talk about having 2 deep depth. Does that mean RJ behind Yogi? I see that the only way possible there. Also Holt could be starting? Putting Colin behind Troy? Interesting bit there.

  • oldiugymnast

    I think its absurd that there is an “objective” right and wrong way to handle “these” situations. From what I know about Coach Crean, I also highly doubt this decision did not involve several sleepless nights. No decision about what to do and not to do with a young person who made a mistake should be considered objectively right or wrong. Especially given how confident and also frequently wrong those who think they have all the answers are.

  • hoosier93

    People don’t just believe that, they know it.

  • dwdkc

    Glad to hear that, but it seemed pretty obvious given the makeup of the team. If you play your best players with a fair amount of depth so that people can go 100% all the time, then it was obvious that much of the time there would be 3 non-guards on the floor much of the time. With Troy’s improving ballhandling this makes great sense. I would like to see Collin get better at putting it on the floor too, as that would make him a nightmare matchup for bigger slower guys who will often be on him (I expect Collin at stretch 4 and Troy at 3 for a big portion of most games). And another rant–I’ve seen lots of criticism of Crean based on the fact that he will play a 3 guard lineup next year when he shouldn’t. This is just stupid–you can’t criticize something that hasn’t happened yet.

  • hoosier93

    It happened last year. It was awful.

  • dwdkc

    I don’t think it tips us off completely as to starting lineup but it is the reason I was really glad Max B signed. I don’t expect him to be a world beater but we needed one more solid big body to be able to adapt to multiple potential scenarios including foul trouble, injury, etc. without having to count on a freshman (Juwan) in a major way.

  • dwdkc

    Disagree. We played the best players available, we didn’t have any bigs and half the time Hanner or Collin were hurt too. The roster is different, so the lineup will be different.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i think the reasoning can be subjective, but not so much the decision based on said reasoning. if the reasoning is to get this team focused on basketball and academics, prevent future violations, and most importantly keep these kids safe, i don’t think he had a choice. making them run a couple extra laps in practice, or do the team’s laundry for a month, or suspending them for a couple insignificant preseason games wasn’t cutting the mustard. then again, maybe i am being absurd.

    and it wouldn’t surprise me if he lost some sleep over the decision, because he seems to care about his players. but i’ll bet it wasn’t due to an unclear conscience. let’s face it, saying a ‘young person who made a mistake’ doesn’t even come close to accurately describing all the bs that’s been going on the past couple years. if it was a single incident, maybe.

  • hoosier93

    And it was still awful. So what does that say?

  • oldiugymnast

    I hear what you are saying, however, I think that of all the issues, the only “safety” issue was the drinking. As it turns out the other substance typically does not result in big ego driven stupidity. I also don’t think Crean did anything wrong or that his dismissing HMP and Devin was wrong. I just think that each situation should be treated for what it is, and that frequently what is the consensus “right” thing to do, is actually not.

    I don’t think that you are absurd, just the notion that there is a right and wrong way to handle any particular situation – I think there are a billion gradations of right and wrong, and none of us – myself included – ever manages to get anything all right or all wrong. Good people can disagree without hating each other – its sort of the basis of pluralism.

    I think our zero tolerance rules are nationwide are absurd, as is our “war on drugs” and mandatory sentencing laws. Nobody is all good or all bad – and while I hope that HMP and Devin have a great life and manage to rise above this – nobody knows how this will ultimately impact those young men or how it will turn out for them. I just hope that we can all recognize that this decision could be the best for those guys, and it also could be the worst thing they ever face in their lives. What I have trouble with is the thoughtless checklist of “do this in this situation, always, regardless of mitigating or aggravating circumstance.” I probably wasn’t clear enough in my initial post.

  • SCHoosier

    TC’s responses are so long..it eliminates the chance for in-depth questions..but I can not believe that somebody did not ask for specifics as to how the Hoosiers are going to improve on individual and team defense. I mean its only the key to the kind of season they want and need.!

  • dwdkc

    It says that blaming Crean for starting and playing a 3 guard lineup in ’15-16 is still stupid when we don’t even know what he will do with the lineup, especially before he has commented on it. Now that he has, it appears the blame was wrong. Also that it would have been awful-er if he didn’t play Yogi, JBJ and RJ alot last year, but that wasn’t my original point.