Tom Crean speaks publicly for first time since IU firing

  • 03/21/2017 1:48 pm in

Tom Crean, who was fired on Thursday after nine seasons at Indiana, spoke publicly for the first time since being dismissed to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated.

You can read the entire piece at this link, but here are some of the highlights:

· Crean told Thamel that his agent contacted him Wednesday night about his job status with the Hoosiers, but based on the wording of the piece, it doesn’t sound like he was informed of his dismissal until Thursday. Crean declined to meet with Athletic Director Fred Glass. On Thursday, he and his family went to Florida for spring break.

· On his feelings towards Indiana: “I love Indiana. I loved it here. That’s not going to change. You can’t go loving something every day for nine years and then suddenly hate it. I hope Indiana wins that national championship. And another one. I really do.”

· Crean doesn’t have any regrets, according to this passage:

Crean admits that in hindsight there’s plenty he’d have done differently, as he pointed out how the lack of graduate transfers on the market slowed his rebuilding process. Crean said he’d have made different recruiting and staffing decisions and also would have done small things like give free coaches clinics as soon as he’d arrived. But in terms of regrets, he said he has none: “Not at all. I wanted to win a national championship here as bad as any fan, former player or student could have ever possibly imagined.

· Crean told Thamel that he’s looking to be back on the sidelines as soon as possible, preferably by next season.

· Crean declined to discuss his feelings or dive into his relationship with the administration at Indiana:

Crean declined to delve into his feelings on the administration at Indiana. He hasn’t met with or spoken to Glass since the decision was made. But Crean used the word alignment nine different times during the interview when talking about the future, essentially alluding to what was missing without saying it.

· Crean revealed how he informed the 15 members of Indiana’s team of the news:

He said the most difficult part came with individually texting the 15 members of his team on Thursday. He refused to address the news by group text but knew he couldn’t get through 15 phone calls. “This will probably hit me more,” he said. “It hit me doing the texting. I don’t have my team anymore. I have my team. I have my family. But it’s different. I want to get back to the court.”

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  • calbert40 – AC000000

    See, I find SI nearly irrelevant. In order for them to be relevant, they have to be provocative.

  • Fifer39

    He’s owning up to past mistakes that were really about the deficiencies of others. I’m not expecting self-flagellation, just a little humility and some indication that he accepts that some of this was on him will do.

  • And who would that be? Stevens and Donovan are the only sure things, what other sure thing is out there that would come? Only sure things would be major coaches with proven success, like when NC got Williams but that’s not happening here. Name the elite college coaches, Coach K, Izzo, Williams, Self, Few, Calipari, Wright, maybe Bennett…..none of them are coming so we can either take a guy that’s done very well and has potential or someone like Alford whose past hasn’t been all that great and its not even a given we can get him.

  • The sure things I’m talking about are Stevens, Donovan, and Few. All are long shots, but money talks. Sure they tell media they’re not interested, but if we set the bar at Coach K’s salary of nearly $8m/yr, that’s 6x Few’s salary and 3x Steven’s salary. It’s easy to rebuff a hypothetical “will you leave your team to join IU”, but when you have a serious offer with that kind of money on the table and you have your family and your children’s futures under consideration, it’s a whole different matter.

  • marcusgresham

    I personally don’t care what his religion is–don’t even care if he has one–I just want him to be a good coach and a good person.

  • Creek0512

    Crean was doomed by the same thing that doomed Davis, consistency. In his 9 seasons coaching Indiana, 3 were terrible, 2 were bad, 1 was meh, and 3 were really good.

  • HenryHansen

    You mean the final four because of Dwyane Wade?

  • HoosierOne

    The goal every single season should be two win the conference title, conference tournament, and the national championship. Is it likely you’ll win it every single year….no….but it should always be the goal. I would assume the Patriots go into every season with a goal of winning the super bowl.

  • HoosierOne

    Reminds me of how everyone said the Big10 was weak all year. ESPN was the main pusher of this hype…..ESPN makes a lot of money off the ACC though too.

  • HoosierOne

    Firing someone before having a replacement is a dangerous. Still having a hard time understanding that strategy. Glass will make or break his career with this next hire.

  • Exactly. Can you imagine Belichick saying, “You know, it’s cool if we don’t make the playoffs next season. Let someone else win the Superbowl for a change.”

  • Jonny McClain

    did anyone else find the comments about starbucks and diet cokes odd? was that a jab at the coach in an otherwise nice piece?

  • John Mathias

    I understand that Stevens is a long shot according to every single media outlet and fan in the country but in reality nobody knows how he really feels. Joe Blow writer at ESPN has zero idea what he is thinking.

    Bottom line is that he still has to overcome King Crybaby for atleast the next 6 years just for the right to play for an NBA championship (James isnt leaving the East so shut that argument down here). If he leaves now and it doesn’t work out at IU every single NBA team will be salivating to bring him back to the league. He will have a blank check from every single owner. His NBA coaching stock is at its peak right now.

    Not saying he is coming but I do not believe the hype from any writer, they know about as much as we do. And save your time typing out the argument of “he said he will be there”. What do you expect him to say when his team is in the heat of the NBA season/playoff chase?

    At the end of the day he is not unlike most of us on this message board. He loves IU and might just jump at the chance to coach his childhood team. Nobody knows. We shall see.

  • MPS

    A big year for AD Fred Glass. He fires both the football and basketball in the same academic year. He plans to hire a basketball coach who will win an NCAA title. To fire Coach Crean in a year in which his top senior never got on the floor due to injury and also losing his most talented player for the final 15 games is shortsighted. After rebuilding the program from the swamp, Coach Crean deserved more from IU. Watch the player exodus. Watch the new recruits runaway. How many coaches will pass on the opportunity to coach the Hoosiers? Thank you Coach Crean! Thank you to the players of the Tom Crean era! God Bless!

  • Silly talk,they aren’t coming and if that’s your expectation then you’re going to be disappointed.

  • Not my expectations at all, but we’re talking about sure things, and those guys are the sure things. Everyone else is a gamble. It would be irresponsible of Glass not to try his hardest to recruit all 3 of them. Wasted effort? Probably, but why not try?