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.”

Filed to:

  • Gdaddy

    Holy angry mob Batman! Everyone take a step back, breath slowly, and we’ll all get through this together. Obviously there is an issue with the leadership of this team. However, if we are to call ourselves Hoosiers then we all need to pull together and give team our full support as they battle for a tournament bid. They need us right now, and I sure as hell won’t be able to stand hearing all about pUKe for the next month without the slightest mention of the Hoosiers.

  • marcusgresham

    No one on Kentucky’s roster plays the extended minutes Blackmon does.

  • marcusgresham

    He didn’t recruit the wrong guys. He recruited many of the best players in the country, they just chose other schools. You can’t make a kid come to your school if he wants to go somewhere else (well, unless he’s Trey Lyles and you get to his daddy.)

  • Bill Graham

    Of course he’s not leaving… I mean honestly I agree with the majority of the CTC criticism. I get it. We are under-achieving and this is Indiana. But here’s the point. CTC is not leaving right now. So either continue to hate the man or find a way to bite your lip and support the Hoosiers. I’m a IU fan and if Tom Crean is their coach. OK. Last time I checked my last name isn’t Glass and if that means temporarily accepting a glass ceiling that I can’t shatter…so be it. Will I expect better? Will I be mad? Yes. But sometimes there’s more than anger in resentment to being a Hoosier.

  • Bud Jenkins

    So boo the guy the kids are suppose to respect and listen to… yeah that will work…

  • Bud Jenkins

    Did you mothers not ever tell you if you have nothing nice to say, just don’t say anything? booing the coach is so classless, I can’t even begin to say… what effect do you think that has on the kids? your leader getting boo-ed (be it the coach or yogi, for albeit a poor shot selection, but still). You folks are at least partially responsible for what is happening to the season and should be ashamed of yourselves.

  • Bud Jenkins

    Oh yeah that is so much better, get some class you d-bag! If I were a conspiracy theorist I would say all these moaners and groaners are not REAL IU fans ! Break out the tin foil hats!

  • Bud Jenkins

    You think the fans make any difference at all in the choice to hire/fire a coach… I have a bridge to sell you… It is all about the benjamin’s my friend.. and unless you have control over the licensing agreements or tv deals, then your moaning and groaning is doing nothing but ‘removing’ the coach while the season is still on.. Oh yeah that happened too… and worked so well

  • creamdelacrimson

    I have more class than anyone who stoops to the level of calling someone else a d-bag on a basketball forum.

  • Guest

    Amen!

  • Bud Jenkins

    Amen

  • Bud Jenkins

    yes the damage has been done…

  • creamdelacrimson

    This coming from the guy who likes to call people d-bags.

  • creamdelacrimson

    Lol how the hell are ppl booing responsible for losing 7 out of our last 11 games? Your a broken record Bud. None of the boos are uncalled for towards this coach after the countless bad decisions he has made this year. Were not the only fan base to boo its own coach and I think we have been a very patient and loyal fan base to this coach for long enough.

  • Bud Jenkins

    So they hire a known cheater… there was a former IU coach that had a couple choice things to say about the current occupant of the chair at kentucky..

  • creamdelacrimson

    My apologies usually get the old auto correct to put in the apostrophe. Glad your spell checking tonight. Yes one missed apostrophe means I am dumb. Apologies all around. Man the personal attacks tonight are ridiculous.

  • Bud Jenkins

    not false, nobody is perfect…

  • Bud Jenkins

    If you ask me (which you did) I’d say the *real* problem started after yogi got boo-ed for his shot at home. after he made a tremendous effort at maryland, and was trying to rectify that… he didn’t, it sucked, but it happens… THAT is when the bottom fell out.

  • creamdelacrimson

    You forgot a “the” in there somewhere I’ll let you find it. Just helping you out since you did the same for me.

  • Bud Jenkins

    booing your team and making excuses for it is about the same level i would argue…

  • creamdelacrimson

    Ok but even than I think it was directed at Crean. I don’t think any fan would boo yogi. It looked like every other play CTC draws up at the end of the game. Give it to yogi and let him throw it up there. You may be right that it was yogi trying to redeem himself but to the booing fans I think it appeared to be another bone head play call by Crean.

  • Bud Jenkins

    actually I think the problem was that a timeout *wasn’t* called and no play was drawn up. IMHO crean was trying to let yogi hit the game winner to boost his confidence after the maryland loss… which royally backfired on so many levels… so if you looking for a coaching error, i’d say it was there…

  • creamdelacrimson

    When we need points at the end of the game yogi always gets the nod though so idk if it was Crean trying to give him back some confidence. Idk man I agree with you the boos are a little excessive. I would never boo my own team but your never going to collectively stop the boos from 17000 ppl when the anger lvl gets to where it is at now. It’s the sound of displeasure and the collective want for change. Is it healthy? No. But it’s here and its definitely not making for much of a happy ending to the season I will agree.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Well, then you can go first Glass! We will watch you shatter! Tootles!

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Does not mean he is correct or supported!

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Kelin Blab, where b ur latest comments? All that I have foretold is unfolding. Just a matter of time.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Anyone ever think Glass gets a residual from Cream on this bogus contract? Worse has occurred.

  • creamdelacrimson

    We all just need to get along and get through this and support each other and the last thing we need to do is put each other down because we disagree.

  • creamdelacrimson

    It’s all a big conspiracy man.

  • Mikes Highlights

    Excuses wont’ get you into the NCAA tournament. Wake up this is Indiana Hoosier basketball. Last time I checked the last couple of seasons we have had mostly top 100 talent recruited and we have underachieved. We failed to make the tournament last year and this year we may fail too at this pace. Crean may be good at recruiting and be the greatest cheerleading coach in history, but he is a horrible in game coach. Doesn’t know when to call time outs. His subbing routine is horrible and his in game coaching with players isn’t good. If a player is hot leave him in the game. Crean thinks he has to stick with the same sub routine every game. Creans stubborness is his own worst enemy. I mean the last two years we start off the season good, we even beat top teams like we are capable of doing and then we completely fall apart the last quarter of the season and fail to make the tournament. We have way to much talent to be doing this. Is anybody else noticing a routine here the last couple of years? Great coaches find ways of winning and their teams usually get better as the season progresses. Creans teams seem to get worse as the season progresses and everyone acts like as if they are ok or satisfied with it, which makes it even worse. Does anybody else see a pattern here? It’s just getting hard to watch IU anymore. I get so frustrated watching the games. To many careless turnovers and guys gunning the ball like it is preseason. There is no team chemistry and very erratic play. That has a lot to do with coaching. I mean it is the same dumb mistakes game after game. Plus why is Robinson even seeing the court? This guy is horrible and Crean plays him all of the time. Guys like Hoetzel and Zeisloft should be seeing more playing time and getting more shots. No wonder so many guys have transferred on Crean already. Wake up IU!!!! WAKE UP!!!!

  • GoIU811

    Exactly!! Last year it was “WE’RE INDIANA” we have too big of a name and too much history to go to the CBI tourney, but this year it’s we might barely squeak out 20 wins and barely make the NCAA, but that is perfectly acceptable and Crean is doing a fine job!!! I think fans are just tired of the mediocrity and the falling off at the end of each year. You can say this team overachieved or whatever you want, but what I see is a team that has the talent to have won a lot more than MAYBE 20 games. If they hadn’t went completely flat again from mid January till now, just like every year!!

  • INUnivHoosier

    That’s nice, but it doesn’t speak to my point that having a fan base that boos a coach doesn’t keep talent away. There are some people that will stay away, but you can say that about any situation.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Case in point is not a complete sentence. You should use proper grammar if you are going to call people on it.

  • KmanCRK

    you might be right Bud. If we had a little more fan support during the Purdue and Iowa games maybe we could’ve pulled those games out. To that effect I will put 1% of the blame on the fans, 75% on the coaching staff for not coaching a strategically effective defense, and 24% on the players for a lack of spirit or pride that has shown up on many occasions.

    Look no further than Yogis post game comments this year. Unlike Crean, Yogi tells it like it is. They have just been outworked, outplayed, out-hustled on many occasions.

  • KmanCRK

    I couldn’t agree more. I absolutely love the way DD plays the game. But for everyone to continue to believe he would’ve been the answer at the Center position is forgetting that he is only 6-6 to 6-7. Even if he had a jump in effectiveness like The Heartman, he still wouldn’t be enough to lock down the Center position.

  • KmanCRK

    I do feel the same. One thing that always gets a lot of mention by the selection committee is how a team is trending. Its the reason UL got the overall #1 seed in ’12 and not us. Our trend if we lose Saturday is absolutely terrible. If Lunardi currently has us as a “last four in”, there is no way we stay there losing 8/12.

  • Michael Werner

    Yup, I understand that and see your point Cream Dela Crimson. I come from a different era, I suppose, where you cheer your team without reservations untl the season is over. I’m also, probably wrongly, stuck on a loyalty bandwagon, where I remember how Crean brought us out of the depths of a depression such as our program had never seen. Hard for me to abandon him.

  • KmanCRK

    Check the banners in AH, we won a share of the Big Ten that year.

  • KmanCRK

    that’s blasphemy. We had great senior/junior leadership on that team. That team had more toughness and grit than any IU team I’ve seen in 20+ years. And they had a stud All-American sophomore in Jared Jeffries. That team was so fundamentally sound AND could shoot the lights out from 4 positions on the floor.

  • Mandeville, R.

    Stevens is not coming. He is performing a miracle by taking a terrible Celtics team to 2 games out of the playoffs. In a couple of years he’s either going to re-sign with the Celtics or get BIG money to coach another NBA team. The Celtics players apparently love playing for him, the management loves him, and the Boston media loves him. He’s a legitimately great coach. IU isn’t going to outbid someone like the Celtics or Lakers for him in 2017 or whenever.

  • Ivy Walls

    Been down this block a few times. IU is falling into the abyss that has challenged UCLA as UNC, UK and KU [for the most part] continue to find ways to transition from legends. IU’s problem is they fail to accept and admit that their BB DNA is tied with Knight, IU has to take the lead and reconcile that simultaneously find a way to continue with the legacy DNA and re affirm its BB DNA.

    Crean has evolved away from Izzo and tried to develop a BB system that has never worked. BB is all about stringing together defensive stops, forcing your defensive prowess onto your opponent and adversely affecting their efficiency and their game, then using that prowess to gain offensive efficiency on your end OR at least maintaining it.

    Our program is a NBA stable. No different than before Knight when IU had McGinnis, Wright and Downing on the front line and still didn’t win anything.

    This program has had Oladipo, Zellers, and Vonleah (but also lost Fischer because of Vonleah), it now has Williams and Ferrell, exceptional talent for the next level—potentially of course. But unlike other stable masters Crean’s team don’t win. They are the worst after a time out or taking the ball out of bounds to gain an advantage. Their teams stand around to get into position as if there is only one set to run their motion. He has failed in managing a top program where it is a shadow of itself.

    Of course we all want Stevens, we want his Butler wins, the way his teams played and he might be the right guy, but he has a contract and so does Crean.

    If you want to buy them out and in it will take $25M, lot of money.

  • KmanCRK

    NBA scout at the IA game made reference to the fact that Crean has more offensive plays in his playbook than most NBA teams. I would absolutely say there is often confusion. Couple that with his defensive philosophy of switching defenses mid possession and you’re bound to get at least 1 guy not being able to play by instincts, and that is all it takes.

  • Bud Jenkins

    Agreed, we got KS. imho there is a certain type of fellow who would take the abuse the fans dish out, those guys aren’t always the cleanest of gentlemen. IU wants to win with class… unfortunately we aren’t doing either well now…

  • bvillehoosier

    Go watch that IU/Duke game from that tournament…its free to watch on youtube…and tell me that that IU team wouldn’t absolutely DESTROY our current team

  • Bud Jenkins

    Not sure about that, at the college level, it is all about confidence… the teams that have it win… those who don’t, well don’t… boo-ing your guys doesn’t inspire the most confidence… I think it all fell apart after yogi got boo-ed at home for his last second shot selection… It was the 2nd game changer that he missed… It was cool to see Troy grab him after… that was classy … the fans … not so much so…

  • TomJameson

    Bryant probably read this thread and doesn’t want to face this fan base!

  • DeJohn

    I’ve never publicly not supported Crean, but I’m getting really close. I think there are a lot of positives that you can find in his tenure, and I think with the right luck a team can be successful with him as his coach, but the lack of responsibility he is taking for the faults of this team is unacceptable. If he would just come out and say that it is his fault that he hasn’t recruited enough big men, and that he’s made mistakes in games with his rotations and lack of adjustments I would be much more understanding than how he reacts now by throwing the players under the bus. I support CTC getting one more year to turn things around, but that should mean a tourney birth this year and a return to the top 25 and the sweet 16 next year, anything less and he should be gone.

  • IU Coop

    IU is actually over signed (again!) for next year so I believe we have to have two current players leave anyway. Who will be Roth’d this year?

  • IU Coop

    First of all, Yogi is running Crean’s offensive sets, which are horrible. And yes, he is a terrible defender…against every opponent’s 6’10 power forward.

  • IU Coop

    Seriously, every major program in every sport has fan bases that spew on the Internet. That is not unique to IU, nor is it hindering the team, recruiting, coaching searches, etc, etc.