CSN Chicago’s David Kaplan on Crean setting an example

  • 09/08/2011 11:30 am in

CSN Chicago: Indiana’s Crean goes above and beyond

Today, I received a call about Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean who is considered to be one of the better young coaches in the game and also one of the most focused and intense. The caller told me the story of a young man who is a freshman at Indiana and was finding his adjustment to college a difficult one. Crean saw the young man sitting in the lobby of the basketball practice facility recently and noticed him a couple of times as he went in and out of the basketball offices. He also noticed that the young man appeared to be very upset.

Crean invited the student into his office and proceeded to hear his story and counseled the young man on how difficult the transition to college can be and encouraged him to stick with it. He also introduced the student to the rest of his staff and he got him an opportunity to work around the basketball program as a member of the athletic department.

The young man had turned off his cell phone after telling his parents that he needed to take a walk and think and his parents were very worried when they were unable to reach him. When Crean inquired as to whether the young man had spoken with his parents recently the young man said no. Crean called the parents, gave them his personal contact information and told them he would look out for their son. After arranging for a job in the athletic department the young man is reported to be doing very well and has adjusted to life away from home.

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  • Anonymous

    Seems you can’t “like” something twice. Clicking again will merely negate the original like.

  • Anonymous

    Now i feel like an idiot for the earlier post.

  • Rwarren1855

    I happen to know this student and family personally.  The story is true, and the coach was doing a kind act out of the goodness of his heart…..no agenda intended!

  • Anonymous

    I agree, he is an a$$, Thanks Kelvin- you will never be forgotten…or is it forgiven?  Perhaps both.

  • Abpreston

    Just another reason why IU is lucky to have CTC. This proves he is not just the coach of the basketball team but a coach for all students that attend IU.     

  • SeattleHoosier

    Now, THAT’S Indiana!

    Puts the win/loss record in perspective for me…