A chat with Tom Crean

10 comments by   |   Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 5:17 pm EDT

Three writers met with Tom Crean this afternoon to discuss his first three weeks on the job.

He’s been busy. To say the very least.

We’ll have a full story in the paper tomorrow, but here are some of the newsier tidbits to come from the conversation:

– Crean will have his third assistant in place by next week. He’s also completing the rest of his staff, bringing in a mix of people from Marquette and others he has known through the years. With the current situation at Indiana, he’s putting a premium on hiring guys that he already has a working relationship with. He needs to be able to trust them.

– Crean is recruiting as if Indiana will not lose any more scholarships due to the APR. Grades are still at the top of his priorities but he seems hopeful that, one way or another, the program will avoid the punishment of losing grants.

– No real update on Armon Bassett or Jamarcus Ellis. Both players have made it known that they’d like to return, but Crean is waiting on grades before he makes any decision on the team. Many of the players still listed on the roster are in this sort of limbo, it seems. Crean wants to see that they did what they needed to do in the classroom.

– IU has has been hosting unofficial visits almost every single day. A player was scheduled to show up after we left, in fact. Right now, the players are mostly from the 2008 and 09 classes, but a few 2010 players have shown up and the staff has invited 2011 guys.

– Indiana’s schedule is pretty much in place, with only a few games remaining to be figured out. The Hoosiers already play a tough slate of non-conference games away from Assembly Hall (Maui Invitational, at Kentucky, at Wake Forest) but there’s the possibility of a neutral site game being played at the new Lucas Oil Stadium.

– Crean had no reservations bringing Bennie Seltzer, a Kelvin Sampson disciple, with him from Marquette. “I know Bennie,” he said. “I’ve worked with Bennie.” Seltzer was not sited by the NCAA in any wrong-doing at Oklahoma. He spent most of his time working with the team, not recruiting, Crean said.

– Crean went house-shopping over the weekend but hasn’t made a decision yet. He’ll head home for a brief trip this weekend, as his son’s baseball season starts and his daughter turns 13.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 6:51 PM EDT

Man, Herbert really gave us the gift that keeps on giving. Not only do we lose a scholarship because of self-reported recruiting violations, but now we might lose additional scholarships due to poor academics.

What was the knock on Sampson at Oklahoma? Something about recruiting violations and poor academic performance among his players?

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 8:11 PM EDT


Is there something related to Jamarcus Ellis’s situation that you can report? There seems to be numerous hints and comments on the various sites and blogs that Armon may be back but probably not Jamarcus.

Mark K
Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 10:34 PM EDT

I saw Adam Herbert tonight in the Kroger’s downtown and I so wanted to ask him about the Sampson phone follies, but didn’t. He had a IU Football shirt on too.

Mark K
Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 10:44 PM EDT

Anyone going to Nashville on Saturday to see Bob Knight’s Meet and Greet($250-$400) at That Sandwich Place or to the Little Nashville Opry to hear him speak ($35-$45)? He will be talking off script and about the coaches who influenced him.

Friday, April 25, 2008 - 4:53 AM EDT

I just saw what teams will be at the Maui Invitational. That’s going to be great tournament.

Friday, April 25, 2008 - 5:05 AM EDT

After seeing the growing roster coach Crean is putting together for I.U. moving forward, it just doesn’t seem reasonable [to me] that he would chance compromising the mix by adding Jamarcus Ellis.

Friday, April 25, 2008 - 9:17 AM EDT

Coach Crean,

There is a GREAT house on Commodore Trail that is for sale. Its probably already set up for a basketball coach and his family.

Your friendly neighborhood fan.

Friday, April 25, 2008 - 9:24 AM EDT

10-96, I hear the cell phone coverage is horrible at that house… may be a real negative on the home’s value… that and the taint that is all over the entire house…

Robert S. Barenie
Friday, April 25, 2008 - 1:53 PM EDT

Crean is doing an outstanding job. IU must now fire Greenspan, and bring in an AD with Integrity!

Friday, April 25, 2008 - 2:11 PM EDT

Crean is doing things right. Good approach with AB and JE. I thought DD was quick to pull the trigger on those guys. And I don’t know why all online posters hate on JE– IMO he was the 2nd hardest worker on the team throughout season (behind DJ) and a GREAT team/glue guy. So what if he had a two week melt-down after KS left– shouldn’t negate the work ethic and team character he showed all year.


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