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Video: Steve McClain on decision to accept IU assistant job, work ethic

Indiana head coach Tom Crean announced the newest member of his coach staff, assistant coach Steve McClain, in a Friday press conference at Assembly Hall.

Watch and listen to what McClain had to say about his decision to accept the challenge of helping Crean rebuild the Indiana program and his work ethic in the embedded media players below:

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Video: Tom Crean on Cook Hall, NCAA Tournament expansion, more

Indiana head coach Tom Crean met with the media on Friday to introduce Steve McClain as an assistant coach and Drew Adams as Director of Operations/Video Coordinator. Crean was also asked about the recruiting impact of Cook Hall, NCAA Tournament expansion, the success of Butler, Indiana’s offseason progress and the status of Maurice Creek.

Watch and listen to Crean’s thoughts in the embedded media players below:

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Video Tour: Cook Hall

Cook Hall, the new men’s and women’s basketball facility, will be dedicated Sunday in a ceremony that will include IU President Michael McRobbie, Athletics Director Fred Glass, Tom Crean, Felisha Legette-Jack, Quinn Buckner, Jordan Hulls, Scott May and others.

If you’re unable to attend the Cook Hall dedication, we’ve compiled video from a Friday afternoon tour of the state of the art facility. J.D. Campbell, the Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations, guided the tour and spoke about many of the rooms. Enjoy.

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Emmanuel Negedu spotted in Bloomington

Emmanuel Negedu, the 6-7, 218-pound forward who chose Tennessee over Indiana, Georgia Tech and Memphis back in the spring of 2008, was on campus today in Bloomington.

Negedu collapsed in September of last year after suffering a cardiac arrest and has not been given clearance to play at the University of Tennessee.

However, Negedu was given clearance by a doctor in California, sparking speculation that he could leave Tennessee and attempt to play at another school.

He was rated the No. 40 player overall in the 2008 class by Rivals.com and averaged 1.9 points, 1.7 rebounds in 7.2 minutes per game as a freshman.

Bloomington native Drew Adams promoted to Director of Operations/Video Coordinator

With Brian Barone leaving for an assistant-coach spot at Wisconsin-Green Bay earlier this week, Drew Adams, who was IU’s Coordinator of Basketball Systems last season, has been promoted to fill Barone’s void as the Director of Operations/Video Coordinator for the Hoosiers.

From IU Media Relations:

“He has worked very hard to prepare himself for a future in coaching, and we are excited to have him be a part of that at Indiana,” said Crean. “I know he has a very bright future and I’m glad it’s going to be with us.”

In addition to several administrative responsibilities including camps, Adams will be in charge of overseeing all video operations as it pertains to practice and game coverage, opponent film exchange, scouting and other visual training and coaching tools the staff may have.

“It means a lot to me that Coach Crean believes in my work and thinks highly enough of me to offer me this position and opportunity,” said Adams. “This is something I have been working toward for a long time and I couldn’t be more excited. The technology that college basketball teams use is so important to their day to day success and I realize the tremendous responsibility that comes with this.”

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Adams is a 2004 graduate of Bloomington High School South, where he spent three years playing for head coach J.R. Holmes. During his senior season at South, the Panthers won Conference Indiana and he was selected as team captain, was the team’s leading scorer and was an all-conference selection. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management from Tennessee in 2009.

“It is a dream come true and an honor to be at IU,” noted Adams. “My grandparents had season tickets and I would always try to get a ticket to the game. It was always my dream to play here, but that didn’t happen. However, to be able to work here is even better because that doesn’t have to end in four years.”

Young kid doing his thing.

NCAA Tournament expands, but only to 68 teams

Fear not, those worried about the NCAA making the bold move of expanding to a 96-team NCAA Tournament next season.

The news is in on the new TV deal, and for now, 96 teams ain’t happening.

From the NCAA’s press release:

The NCAA today announced a new 14-year television, internet and wireless rights agreement with CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., to present the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship beginning in 2011 through 2024 for more than $10.8 billion. As part of the agreement, all games will be shown live across four national networks beginning in 2011 – a first for the 73-year old championship.

Additionally, CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting have been licensed and will collaborate on the NCAA’s corporate marketing program.

Late Wednesday, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee unanimously passed a recommendation to the Division I Board of Directors to increase tournament field size to 68 teams beginning with the 2011 Championship. The recommendation will be reviewed by the Division I Board of Directors at its April 29 meeting.

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Beginning with the 2011 championship, opening- , first- and second-round games will be shown nationally on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. CBS and Turner will split coverage of the regional semi-final games. CBS will provide coverage of the regional finals, as well as the Final Four® including the National Championship Game through 2015. Beginning in 2016, coverage of the regional finals will be split by CBS and Turner with the Final Four and the National Championship game alternating every year between the CBS Television Network and Turner’s TBS.

The assumption is that 68 teams next season means all 16 seeds will have a play-in game. The point of this, I’m not quite sure.

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Marquis Teague commits to Kentucky

In an announcement at Pike High School in Indianapolis this afternoon, 2011 point guard Marquis Teague revealed that he will attend the University of Kentucky.

Teague, the No. 5 player in his class according to Scout.com, averaged 16.3 points and 4.3 assists a game and shot 43 percent for a 15-7 team at Pike.

He was also considering Louisville, Indiana, Purdue and Cincinnati.

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