Fred Glass on Tom Crean to ESPN: ‘He has my full support’

  • 03/05/2015 12:58 pm in

Indiana coach Tom Crean is not in danger of losing his job, IU vice president and director of athletics Fred Glass told ESPN on Thursday.

In an interview with Andy Katz, Glass said that he met with Crean on Wednesday and reassured him of his job security and the AD added that he remains “bullish” on IU’s head coach.

“He’s a great coach,” Glass told ESPN. “He has my full support. I have a great deal of confidence in Tom’s body of work. This team overachieved early and then hit a tough patch.”

Glass also told both ESPN and the Bloomington Herald-Times that Saturday’s result against Michigan State has no bearing on whether or not Crean remains the Hoosiers coach — he said to ESPN “it’s ridiculous to say that someone is coaching for his job for one game.”

In regards to the Hoosiers’ recent slide in results, Glass on Thursday blamed it on a variety of factors — that James Blackmon Jr. “has hit the freshman wall,” that Collin Hartman is out injured and that they have also been without Devin Davis for the entire season.

Indiana has lost four of its past six games and seven of its past 11 after starting the season 15-4 and 5-1 in the Big Ten. They currently are listed as one of ESPN’s projected last four teams into the NCAA tournament.

That said, overall, Glass believes that Crean has “done a really good job with these guys.”

“We have a chance to win our 20th game and be 10-8 in the Big Ten,” Glass told ESPN. “I would take that in a heartbeat at the beginning of the season.”

Glass also wanted to dispel the notions that he is keeping Crean on board due to his large buyout of $12 million. On July 1, that drops to $7.5 million, although Glass said that does not have any impact on any future decisions.

“The buyout in some quarters is overblown,” Glass told the H-T. “I get that it’s a big number. What people don’t realize is, if that were to occur, it would get paid out over five years. It’s not like he gets a $10 million dollar check and walks out the door. It gets paid out over time as if it were his regular salary over five years, which mitigates the impact on the department and it has a set-off provision so that if he went to another school or to TV or had some other employment, that gets set off.

“I hesitate to even talk about it because it makes it seem like that’s some sort of consideration. It’s not. My main point is Tom is the coach here because I think he needs to be the coach here, not because we feel backed into it because of the buyout.”

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  • Ben thorne

    Either way they look uncomfortable and have little or no flow

  • Kyl470

    That is my worry as well. If IU were to fire Crean I think Yogi would be a graduate transfer and go to a big time program like Duke.

  • ‘Nuff_Said

    I think Glass highly values loyalty, maybe to a fault, and I just don’t think he pulls the trigger this year regardless of what happens the rest of the way. As for Glass, from what I’ve read, the Trustees are very supportive of the overall job he’s done as AD and a(nother) disappointing basketball season isn’t going to change that attitude at least this year. Having said that, I do think that 2015-2016 is CTC’s last hurrah unless something miraculous happens like HMP becoming the reincarnation of Bill Russell or Patrick Ewing.

  • 5_Banners

    Yea, as I told a friend today its going to depend a lot on how the team finishes this season. If they lose Saturday and play like they did on Tuesday and flame out in the first round of the Big Ten tourney then I think Glass won’t have a choice. But, a win Saturday I think soldifies IU in the tournament which could buy Crean another year. We’ll see though.

  • Kyl470

    Exactly. No AD in their right mind is going to come out in public and say that if IU loses to MSU Crean will lose his job. Talk about adding additional pressure to the players and coaches.

  • Kyl470

    Sorry I should have said consistently make the tournament in his 7 plus years. I’m assuming CTC won’t get fired which will make next year his 8th year here.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Ah, gotcha…that makes sense. I have no clue what’s going to happen. I know what I would like to have happen and I have a list of new coaches in my head but that matters not…I’m incapable of rooting against IU so I hope they win on Saturday and make the tournament and that any success doesn’t cloud the AD or any other decision makers from recognizing the bigger picture. Time will tell.

  • millzy32

    Changes need to happen quickly the longer they draw out the worse it will get which is exactly what you are saying. It’s time to rip the band aid off. It’ll hurt for a second and then you’re all better.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    The transformation of HMP to the level of a hall of fame player is about as likely as me turning water into wine. I wish I could, trust me….

  • ‘Nuff_Said

    HMP – overrated and overhyped from day 1. On that we definitely agree.

  • millzy32

    So you’d rather keep a couple decent players and have a mediocre couple more seasons before making the change? Seems silly to me. If change is needed make the change. It can turn around quickly much quicker than this 7 year itch we are in.

  • dssnyder1

    wow your 3rd point is 100% opinion with no facts to base it on. I get that this forum is opinion based, but ease up on the “bottom line” stuff. CTC could easily be here for a few more years.

  • Alan Reimers

    Yup, totally agree. But growing up, we usually had a big man in the lane we could toss the ball into. No such luck this season. Yet, IU WAS one of the highest scoring offenses. I’m more disappointed in the lack of defensive intensity. Need some floor slapping fellas. Show us a tough as nails mentality, not a prima donna one.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I agree – it’s my opinion. I have no factual basis to prove it up.

  • SilverAtlanta

    Exactly what an A.D. should say, evaluation comes after the season is over and to say anything else could hurt whatever chance this team has in succeeding. I am tiring of the mediocrity and see very little light at the end of the tunnel, unless recruiting is going better than I think and read.

  • SilentBob

    I agree with this and disagree with this at the same time. I think the counter argument would be isn’t the coach in charge of seeing these players perform well? Let’s take your Robinson point, who is actually a player I really like, isn’t Crean deciding his minutes? Didn’t Crean recruit him and is in charge of his development? Sure you have one bad game you can say the players need to perform, heck have a bad year combined with an early exit from the tournament year before and you could still justifiably say the players need to perform. But once these things start piling up like two bad seasons, an early exit, transfers, and a year where we could possibly not land a top 100 recruit in like 4 years… you have to wonder if it’s just more than just bad luck.

    I like Crean, like a lot. I really really want him to be successful. Do I think he can win a title when he has the right players? Absolutely, but the problem is a coach in college rarely has the perfect team. So what is to happen in years he doesn’t? More of this?

  • Dooteetime

    Is there anything new concerning Thomas Bryant?

  • SconsinHoosier

    At least one question got answered: Glass half-full or half-empty? Half-full…of #%$&. Nothing else he could have said, but I’m fairly certain he doesn’t believe a lot of it.

  • Snookafly

    Yeah, apparently UK is moving ahead of us in his recruitment.

  • stratman1992

    Yogi is as ready as he’s ever going to be. He isn’t getting any taller. He will have a degree. Might as well give it a shot and see if he can land a spot as an undrafted free agent.

  • Snookafly

    I reread an in depth interview with Bob Knight that Playboy ran right after his firing. In it he discusses how useless he felt then A.D. Doninger was: “…the guy had never been in athletics—he’s a lawyer, didn’t know the first thing about how people in athletics think.” It reminded me a little of Glass.

  • bojak

    All I can say is Fred Glass must not attend or watch the games at all. Either that or he just doesn’t understand how basketball is meant to be played. They need to get rid of him too.

  • SeeingRed

    I understand that ADs sometimes have to issue statements of support, whether they are real or not. But to start itemizing excuses and naming Blackmon? Weak sauce, indeed.

  • bojak

    Not another season, PLEASE

  • bojak

    That might be true but at the same time those 2 years should have been championship years with the right coach.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    very well said, there’s nothing to gain from blasting his coach right now. i think it would only make matters worse (if that’s possible). i also see no light at the end whatsoever. landing bryant is sounding more and more like a pipe dream every day. so what’s left? another TP or JA? is he going to scour the nation for transfers when he couldn’t even get a barely mediocre anthony lee last year (btw, doesn’t it look more and more like matta picked him up just so TC couldn’t? the kid barely plays and his stats are horrible)?

    i find it amusing that the variety of factors contributing to this losing streak don’t include TC’s inability to sign a competent big man. or that HP, PJ, TP, and JA contributed next to nothing. and if YFTW don’t go pro, guess what? JA and TP will both follow the lead of PJ, BC, RA, MC, JH, AE and decide to ‘transfer somewhere that they can play more’ (i.e. they’ll get ‘creaned’, which is apparently an actual phrase).

  • E Foy McNaughton

    The problem is Milla…. There isn’t a good excuse. Injuries happen everywhere, look at Michigan and they are still at least playing hard.

    So Glass has to come up with some excuse.

  • HoosierFan08

    Does anyone else want to barf when you listen to Fred Glass say that 20-11 and 10-8 is acceptable?

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    wouldn’t surprise me a bit. even taking pUKe out of the equation, does a program where the coach’s job may very well hinge on your enrollment sound the least bit appealing? who would want to sign up for this type of drama? being said, i sure hope we get him!! haha

  • bojak

    And you know that ain’t going to happen. Period.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i think what you’re trying to say is he sounds ‘willingly ignorant’. 😉

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    pretty much blaming everybody but the coach, ain’t he? considering he’s the one responsible for signing TC to that ridiculous contract, he’s obviously in complete CYA mode. i just hope he knows nobody’s buying that load of BS.

  • HoosierFan08

    There will always be a reason to say something didn’t go our way and it must be bad luck…The bottom line is You either have players who are not competent enough to excel or a coach who is not competent enough to get his team to excel, or a combination. This team is loaded with talent, no excuses. If its a player personell issue than its because Crean recruited the wrong guys…This team lacks discipline and that starts at the top…

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    funny you mention that, i actually did literally barf all over my keyboard when i read it

  • SeeingRed

    Why wouldn’t he want to go whether CTC is here or not? He put in his time. I wouldn’t blame him if he decided he wanted a legitimate shot at a championship. I would hate like heck to see him go, but I would understand the motivation.

  • bojak

    If we do get a quality big man, HMP will still be the starting big man, and Stan will be 1st or second off the bench. That is why next year will be a carbon copy of this season.

  • Arsdale

    The ship be sinking.
    – Michael Ray Richardson

  • bojak

    Stan wouldn’t be having those turnovers if he was on the bench.

  • INUnivHoosier

    That’s a tough clean up.

  • Kyl470

    No big picture I would fire Crean today, but it’s not my call. I just would hate to see our players all leave.

  • bojak

    You really like Stan as a player or as a person? If it is as a player you are not watching the same game’S as me.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Minus the part about commenting on Blackmon. No need for him to say anything about it.

  • Drew

    If Crean is resting his coaching job at IU on landing Thon, then he won’t have a job for very long. We’re not getting Thon.

  • The Hound

    All Glass needs to do is look at the past 2 nights in the B1G. IU, Illinois and MSU all with home games and all fighting for postseason. ILL and MSU teams playing hard and playing defense. ILL and MSU playing in packed arenas with fans engaged and cheering. In Bloomington – no effort, no defense, empty balcony and fans booing before they walked out early. That is where iU basketball is now. If the AD is OK with that, we are in worse shape than i thought.

  • KmanCRK

    Glass making decisions based solely on emotion. You’d think seeing empty stands and hearing boos would help to understand the true state of the program under Crean.

    Here’s a good follow up question somebody should ask Glass: “What would it take to fire Crean?”

    Because if: 3 arrests in 12 months, 3 kids failing drug tests within 12 months, another kid in the hospital and unable to play this season, and most of all – back to back years of missing the tournament doesn’t warrant a firing, what in the heck does?

  • KmanCRK

    not just acceptable, but he seems to be almost giddy that we managed such a feat.

  • Travis

    Your profile pictures make it look like you’re having quite the internal argument.

  • KmanCRK

    So at what level are you willing to admit where Crean is to blame for this season and last?

    Safe to assume you believe last years dreadful showing and this years end of season skid have nothing to do with the coach?

  • KmanCRK

    I actually think Stan is full of potential. He handles the ball very well (as in his ball handling is not the reason for his turnovers), he is a tremendous defender, and he can get to the hoop at will (as he did quite often a year ago).

    I just think he’s the type of recruit that would really benefit from slowly getting minutes, rather than getting thrust into 20mins a game as a freshman. He has plenty of room to improve, don’t get me wrong, but if he develops a shot, he could be a very good Jr. & Sr.

  • KmanCRK

    that is not a real question. a real question would be, “why can’t Crean make and keep IU an elite program?”