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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  • Ole Man

    Hogwash. That’s Pscyh 101 babble.

  • Ole Man

    They don’t deserve your boos either.
    That’s bush league.

  • oldiugymnast

    That was shameful as was the 1/2 empty hall. I would go to every game if I lived in that part of the world.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I graduated in 1992 — I never, ever would have thought the program would slip to the point where Assembly Hall turned on its team back then.

  • Pianoroark

    Agreed brntn. After next season, when expectations will be (rightfully) IU-tradition high, when we’ll have the personnel and experience to compete at a top 15 in the country level, everyone (including Glass, I hope) can evaluate Crean’s overall ability much more fairly.

    I don’t think I like Crean as our coach anymore, but I also don’t want to blow the team up right before we could be in for a special season. Let’s see what happens; if we get into the NCAA tourney this year, no matter what the seed, I don’t think anyone could call this season a disaster given the surprising front court turnover/injury and the pessimistic early projections (even if we have shown we can play at a higher level than the projections indicated).

  • Ole Man

    A. the fans aren’t going to get the coach fired
    B. it’s an unwritten rule to not mention players by name when discussing transfers
    C. Players might leave because Crean stays
    D. From your posts it’s quite obvious that you’re biased and partial towards Crean. Thus, it’s always very hard to take anything you say seriously.

  • oldiugymnast

    Exactly. It is embarrassing. I could not imagine this happening when I was a student. Of course, we were all scared that Coach Knight might kill us if we misbehaved…. The internet does not bring out the best in people. Myself included.

  • KmanCRK

    I should’ve made clear that I was referring to HMP becoming the next Pat Ewing or Bill Russell. I’m sure the sarcasm would’ve been more easily detected.

  • Pianoroark

    6 years? No. 1 or 2, sure. It’s not like we’ll have a postseason ban or scholarship cuts or recruiting limits; as long as the new coach is a good recruiter and has a good reputation, we’ll be fine.

    That being said, I’d hate to see this particular core of players blown up after this season. My preference, regardless of the outcome of this season, would be for Glass to wait one more year and make a decision after.

  • Hoosierkamp

    Fire Glass too

  • OhioHoosier

    Please. Wooden would not have had a closer second kentucky game that first season.

  • indianaohindiana

    I honestly would love to see Crean go at this point. His head scratching substitution patters, his inability to make in-game adjustments, the way his teams play their worst basketball at the end of the season, the fact that he has 4 and 5 star recruits and gets beaten by teams filled with 2 and 3 start recruits… it’s just not going to cut it in a state where people know what good basketball is supposed to look like.

  • Eljay

    What makes him “arrogant”? We can debate his coaching abilities all day long, but by virtually all accounts, Crean is a first-class person.

  • Drew

    I think he is definitely feeling the pressure right now. We’ll see how it all plays out. Does he even trust Glass’ statements?

  • Wait, what’s that? Some decency and sense being shared here?

    This site has disgusted me over the past few weeks, many IU fans showing how ugly they and their state are. You support the team to the end, and we can talk about changes after the season. ESPECIALLY when there’s a few big games right on the horizon and the team has a great shot to make the tournament. Lots of “fans” around here are really dumb, selfish, and horrible. To say nothing about arrogant and “entitled.”

    “Too many folks love their outrage more than they love their Hoosiers.” Unfortunately, this seems to be the case. I’m going to keep cheering to the very end. Other discussions can happen after that.

  • old and crotchety, matched with young, ignorant, and apathetic?

  • Mark Few said a while back that he wasn’t interested in the IU job. One of the reasons given was the fan base. I now understand what he meant by that. IU fans are embarrassing themselves big time right now, being very ugly…basically helping to bury the program for years to come. Great job, guys! New recruits are going to LOVE you!

  • Michael Werner

    I believe in Tom Crean and this group of kids. Overall, they’ve been a BLAST to watch much (no, not all) of this year, and I think they’ll beat MSU in a thriller this Saturday. Go IU!!

  • Ms hoosier

    I live in Mississippi and that sounds like Ole Miss bball fans. Glass would be a good AD for Ole Miss where the expectations are lower. He needs to get out of BTOWN we expect more!!!!

  • I think the fan base, quite frankly, is proving itself to be much of the problem. Naysayers were griping after every win, after WINS, and after a poor stretch at the end of the season, they are out in full force. They wanted IU to bomb, and they are getting their wish. They are very much a part of the problem. Top players, and top coaches, will not want to be around such horrible fans and the toxic environment they seem to like. If IU was 4-14 right now, I’d say gripes would be warranted before the season’s end. There are big games left, and the fanbase itself is trying to bring down the ship before the final game. Absolutely horrible and inexcusable. It’s disgraceful.

  • save it for after the season, there are games left. big ones.

  • UConn last year was a 7 seed and won the tournament. IU fans are acting like idiots right now.

  • INUnivHoosier

    If only we had Jared Jeffries.

  • 13th&Woodlawn

    He could put and end to the discussion and speculation by saying “Tom Crean will be our coach next season”. He hasn’t said that. Not looking good for Coach Crean.

  • Ben thorne

    And was playing their best basketball at the end of the season

  • INUnivHoosier

    The pUKe fan base is completely insane, so I don’t know that it’s a hindrance to progress. I mean, they would boo Tubby Smith, and he was way more successful at UK than CTC at IU.

  • Ben thorne

    Please go back and read it again. We are worried about it not wishing for it

  • I was hanging in there and pushing the importance of waiting until after the season is over to evaluate the coaching decision (if there was to be one). I do admit to being very, very disappointed in the performances against NW and Iowa, however, which went beyond matchup problems and injuries, and that was probably reflected in some of my comments.

    Nonetheless, I agree that no matter what, the booing is unacceptable. Even if the kids are struggling for whatever reason, they don’t deserve to be booed by their own fans. At worst, suffer in silence if you don’t like where the program is heading (or where it’s at), because you’re certainly not making any salient point about coaching by hurting the players.

  • Khoosier3

    Dude. Would you shut up about the fan base… Geez you’ve posted on here 10000028 times. It’s getting old bud. You proved you point. Keep thinking you know it all and that you are holier than thou. You opinion just needs to be shared once. That’s it. If you don’t like what everyone else has to on here then leave the message boards. Just because there are 100 Crean haters posting in here doesn’t mean you have to submit your point of view 101 times. Geez give it a rest.

  • SeeingRed

    This is the same tired argument for censoring opinion and expression I’ve read on this board before. It’s as ridiculous now as ever.

  • fourputtsforsnowman

    I really don’t think yogi is good enough to start at duke. Honestly, he is the point guard but can’t get his team going (instead opting to jack up shots either from 3 or at the rim). And honestly, he is a horrible defender for an “elite” point guard. Most of the time he doesn’t even hustle back on defense. This is why no nba team expresses any interest in him.

  • yes, because complaining about substitution patterns and firing the coach mid-season is original thinking. Your argument is pretty lame. Why is it ok for haters to post the same thing 100 times? You make much sense.

  • Generally, I agree with you. But there’s cause for concern, given the performances against NW and Iowa if nothing else. There’s something wrong with the program right now, and it’s not being disrespectful or not a real fan to point that fact out.

    In fact, I would say that if your primary concern is for the players–as mine is–then voicing concerns is valid. Those kids, to varying degrees, devote tremendous time and effort to playing basketball for IU, and some of them hope to build basketball careers as the culmination of their years of dedication to the sport. They deserve the best coaching and the best opportunities to successfully showcase their talent–and there’s at least some reason to be concerned that they might not be getting either at the moment.

    Booing the kids is unacceptable, agreed, as is generally loutish behavior. But calling out CTC for coaching errors and failures, done in the right fashion, certainly shouldn’t be lumped in there.

  • I’m not part of the boo-wagon, but I don’t have a problem with the paying fans who express their frustration by booing players and coaches who have given up (don’t put in the effort).

  • SeeingRed

    Less gravitas? You would have to go a ways to find that guy. If there is one arrow CTC absolutely does not have in his quiver, it’s gravitas. Maybe you mean “coaching credentials?” Because that’s not the same thing as gravitas.

  • I’m not saying nobody should criticize. I’m saying let’s not take down the entire season before it’s even over. It’s one thing to voice concern, which I also do…and something entirely different to try to demoralize the players and team while there are very big games left on the schedule. This is what’s happening now, and lots of people are more interested in bombing the rest of the year, than they are seeing the team win. There is plenty of time after the season to discuss other things. And I’m not talking about pointing out coaching errors.

    Talking about coaching errors and calling for people’s heads right before the tournament are two very different things.

  • ForeverIU

    Clyde, if IU basketball is going to get me in an argument with you, then to heck with basketball. I am one of the idiots you’re talking about, lol. I’ve given up on the idea that Crean will take us where we need to go. I can’t listen to his pressers any more. Our defense is horrendous. I think he is a hard worker, but our program is bloated and out of control; we do too much for relatively little return, much ado about not much. I long for the days of fundamental frugal consistently winning basketball.

  • the season isn’t over yet

  • Yes, agree. I posted in another thread that some people _want_ to lose the MU game and tank in the B1G season, to put pressure on CTC. That’s wrong, on its face.

    Incidentally, it’s another thing to predict what’s going to happen, and unfortunately I’m not very confident. I’m afraid the season is essentially over (because it’s over for the kids), although of course I would be very, very happy to be proven wrong.

  • Let’s be clear: all I’m really saying is for people to cool out and to save the self-destructive conversations about the coach until after the season is over. Let’s finish this season, and not demoralize the players…right as they are fighting for a chance to make the dance. I simply refuse to see this thing in any other way. It absolutely will not kill anyone to save the coaching conversation until 2 or 3 weeks from now.

  • Yeah, I tend to agree. I was more upset with the NW game than the last one. They look like they just gave up. I’ve sort of made my peace with it. But I STILL think you wait to see what happens, cheer in each game, and hope for the best. There is zero benefit for anyone to start injecting uncertainty and fear into the team right now. Let’s see what happens. We could easily still have 4-5 more games to win this season. I’d rather see that happen. We can settle everything else after that possibility is over.

  • Khoosier3

    Different people post different opinions on here. You’re one dude spamming this entire section. You’re Commenting on every person’s comment your opinion about the fan base.. We get it

  • calbert40

    If we had the “right” coach, how often should we win the B1G? How often should we make the FF? How often should we win the national championship?

    We need to know these things, because how else will we know if we have the “right” coach.

  • ForeverIU

    I tend to agree with you, which is why I am spouting most of my venom in the paid Forum, lol. Btw, I don’t criticize our players. Not that they are above criticism, but I try to remind myself that they are students first and athletes second, and that Crean is the one to hold accountable as the captain of the ship. Frankly, I don’t think that the players are hearing anything about their coach that they don’t probably know already.

    My heart is with our players and our team. Go Hoosiers! Get into the Tourney and make a run, and don’t stop before you’ve won six games!

  • Shaka Smart and Archie Miller are names that have been tossed around by sports analysts as potential candidates here.

  • ErniePyle

    Doug Collins needs to be considered as our next coach. Experienced respected, great teacher, PLAYED basketball at the highest level. All at the ripe age of 60 something, friends.

  • Really? Mark Few cited IU fan base as a reason for not taking the IU job? lol

  • BT

    I’m not familiar with Archie but I can guarantee fans will find flaws in Smart’s schemes almost immediately.

  • calbert40

    Ole Man, we don’t always see eye to eye, but I respect you and your opinions. That is the only reason I am even responding to this comment.

    That comment is easily the most ridiculous comment I have ever
    seen come from you. I saw it on my email, and I was SHOCKED it came
    from you. It doesn’t even make sense. If Crean voluntarily left IU, because he was tired of being our coach, there is NOTHING good that comes from that. Nothing.

  • Good thing is, we don’t have too long to wait. If the kids come out on fire on Saturday, they’ll answer a few questions. Same if they don’t. Either way, I’ll always root for them to win, because it’s what the kids themselves deserve.