But are the Hoosiers done recruiting for the class of 2015?
On Wednesday night at the Indiana “on the road” tour stop at Huber Winery, Tom Crean said that nothing is imminent in terms of adding another player, but did not rule out the possibility of filling the open scholarship.
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:
Indiana basketball’s multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) added a fifth consecutive score of 1,000 under Tom Crean, according to data released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA.
The program also received an APR Public Recognition Award for the third straight year.
Here’s the full release issued by IU:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the third straight year, Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean will see his program earn an APR Public Recognition Award which is given to high-performing teams that posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in their particular sports. Thirty-nine institutions were honored.
“Our staff and Marni Mooney keeps all involved on task, the players understand our commitment to their education, and everyone in the program takes tremendous pride in our academic success,” said IU coach Tom Crean. “Our players consistently exceed their own expectations and reach new heights that are as rewarding an achievement as they experience.”
The message sent from IU announcing the dismissals of Devin Davis and Hanner Mosquera-Perea on Thursday was succinct. It needed no further explanation.
Enough is enough.
In less than 35 words, the program announced Davis and Mosquera-Perea failed to live up to their responsibilities. Effective immediately, they were no longer part of the team.
Both players were given second chances by Tom Crean to remain with the program after making mistakes that exhibited a lack of judgement. In Mosquera-Perea’s case, it was operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol on Feb. 14, 2014, which could have resulted – but fortunately did not – in a serious injury. And in the case of Davis, it was a disregard for Crean’s advice for 20 minutes earlier that night of what to steer clear of on Halloween night. In the early morning hours of Nov. 1, 2014, Davis was involved in a serious accident that also involved alcohol.
With their poor decisions this week, when Davis was cited for possession of marijuana in an on-campus housing building with Mosquera-Perea also present, both players showed that getting a second chance meant more to Crean than it did to them. And in the process, Davis and Mosquera-Perea lost their futures in Bloomington.
The decision to dismiss them had to be made. They had run out of chances to remain a part of the program.
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. We conclude the series today with a look at Tom Crean.
What a wild one for Tom Crean in year seven.
The season had yet to begin, and Crean faced crisis and calls for his head in the wake of the Devin Davis incident. But his team did not crumble in the wake of the accident, it bonded together and thrived. Slipups in the non-conference season happened — the home loss to Eastern Washington was particularly concerning and a sign of things to come on the defensive end — but Indiana pushed the pace, scored the ball at a strong clip and rebounded well despite its size issues. Wins against SMU, Pittsburgh and Butler, along with a close overtime loss to Georgetown gave hope.
So did a 5-1 start to the Big Ten season. The Hoosiers weren’t supposed to be this good. One prominent college hoops voice placed Crean in the coach of the year discussion. Another separated fact from fiction in the Crean saga.
But as the conference season rolled along, the mob re-emerged with their pitchforks. On paper, the back half of the Big Ten schedule was supposed to be easier. But the Hoosiers limped to the finish line — finishing 4-8 in the their final 12. Crean did a fantastic job creating a top 10 offense out of the pieces he had. He put in the work over the summer and the results were strong — something I wrote about last week. But that’s just one side of the ball. And Indiana’s defense was curiously — and historically — bad. (Alex went in depth on this last week.)