With the uncertainty of the scholarship situation going forward, it was only a matter of time until the questions started on the availability of grants for future recruiting classes.
In Wednesday afternoon’s press conference, Tom Crean was asked about IU’s recruiting efforts by Herald-Times beat writer Chris Korman. Here’s a transcript:
Korman: You obviously don’t have too many scholarships for the next couple classes, but there seems to be a fair amount of offers out there. How do you manage those?
Crean: We just do. We’re constantly recruiting. We’re constantly recruiting.
Korman: If you have a kid, is there pressure on them if they’re a 2011 kid and they know, some of them we’ve talked to they say, ‘IU doesn’t have any scholarships.’
Crean: Are they saying that or are you saying that?
Indiana coach Tom Crean met the media earlier this afternoon at Assembly Hall. You can listen to the audio of the press conference here or in the embedded media player below.
We’ll have more reaction to Crean’s comments later tonight or tomorrow.
(Thanks to Chris Korman of The Herald-Times for the audio.)
Bloomington South guard Darwin Davis didn’t wait for the IU offer that may or may not have come. The 5-9 guard who helped lead the Panthers to a state championship and won the MVP award at Bob Gibbons’ Tournament of Champions, is headed to Xavier.
Davis also held an offer from Purdue and was receiving interest from Butler, Cincinnati, Iowa, Tennessee and IU.
When the update came through via Twitter, the first thought that raced through the minds of Indiana fans was, ‘Is Coach Crean going to bring back Bobby?’ He did, after all, say he wanted to bring every former coach, player and manager back to Bloomington. (If he had more than 140 characters, I’m sure a disclaimer would have been added for Kelvin Sampson and Eli Holman. No one throws a potted plant and gets away with it!)
From all indications, the return of the General to Assembly Hall is unlikely to happen anytime soon or possibly, ever. Through back channels, hands have been extended and overtures made. With no results.
Despite the over the top pleas by Dick Vitale and the majority of the IU fanbase, hard feelings about his dismissal still run deep for Coach Knight. And that may always be the case even though the administration that chased him from Bloomington is long gone.
Knight never has been or never will be a man that forgives or forgets easily. If you peel away the bully mentality that dominates his personality, this is a man that is still hurt by the way things ended at Indiana.
From Indiana’s perspective, the major factor is in place to facilitate a reunion: Tom Crean. Knight was never going to acknowledge IU under Mike Davis or Kelvin Sampson. Knight’s relationship with Davis ended once his former assistant took over. And his tolerance for a cheater like Sampson was zero. But with Crean, the program finally has a coach that even Knight would be proud of. Even if he never admits it.
At long last, an update on the most mysterious of Indiana’s six 2009 signees, Bawa Muniru.
With four of his classmates already on campus, Muniru still has an obligation in the classroom and will report to Bloomington in July.
Chris Korman of the H-T/Hoosier Scoop got the details from Bawa’s AAU coach, Kerry Johnson:
Muniru has one summer class to finish, according to his AAU coach Kerry Johnson and his guardian Brian Privett.
“My understanding is that once he has completed that he will have done everything he needs to do to qualify,” Johnson said. “Everything right now points to him being eligible.”
Questions about Muniru’s eligibility began to arise after he transferred to Mt. Zion Academy because the NCAA said it wouldn’t accept grades from Charis Prep. Muniru played three seasons at Madison Academy in Alabama before leaving for Charis Prep.
If the reports from his AAU coach and guardian are indeed accurate, the concerns about Bawa’s eligibility will be squashed. But when dealing with the NCAA, the process of clearing a student athlete can be time consuming and at times, complicated.
We will gather with our friends from the Hoosier Scoop/H-T and the IDS for our bi-weekly Monday evening chat. This week, we’ll be joined by Louisville Courier-Journal columnist Rick Bozich. See you at 7:30 EST.
After a 78-65 win Saturday evening in Conseco Fieldhouse, the Indiana All-Stars headed south to Louisville looking to complete a sweep of the Kentucky All-Stars at Knights Hall on the campus of Bellarmine University.
And they did just that.
Led again by Errick Peck, who will attend Cornell University, Indiana defeated Kentucky 64-49 . The Hoosier state continues to dominate the interstate series and now leads 82-42 all-time.
Peck finished with a game-high 14 points and Purdue signee D.J. Byrd added 10.
Indiana out-rebounded Kentucky 51-46 and limited Kentucky Mr. Basketball Jon Hood to just eight points in 26 minutes. Hood scored 20 points in Saturday’s game in Indianapolis.
Mr. Basketball Jordan Hulls was just 1 of 9 from the field and finished with four points. But like he normally does, Hulls played a solid floor game and dished out five assists, grabbed five rebounds and had two steals. His future teammate at Indiana, Derek Elston, had four points and eight rebounds.
Audio: Indiana all-star coach David Wood, Hulls, Peck and Stephan Van Treese addressed the media following the sweep of Kentucky. You can listen to the audio from the press conference in the embedded audio player below.