Indiana makes it official: Crean is new Hoosier coach

19 comments by   |   Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 9:26 pm EDT

Indiana media relations director J.D. Campbell has just sent out a press release saying there will be a news conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Hoosier Room at Memorial Stadium to introduce Tom Crean as IU’s new men’s basketball coach.

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Raj Haj Bimaj
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 9:32 PM EDT

Looks like Clinton’s scheduled visit bumped Tommy’s presser out of Assembly Hall – and I thought this was a big time hire?!?

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 9:33 PM EDT

Welcome aboard coach! You have no idea how glad I am to see you named IU’s coach.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 9:33 PM EDT

Nice,.. Doug is putting up stories minute after minute, good work.. Crean is the future for IU baby.. by the way (Doug) do you know if it’s actually true that CREAN was contacted by Izzo to go out for the job, also if CREAN contacted IU for the job and that he actually got a pay CUT?

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 9:34 PM EDT

Hey Doug, I know you said Jamarcus would not speak at HPER, but if you want to link it, those at the basketblog from the IDS apparently got a very good story out of him.

Juan Blanco
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 9:48 PM EDT

Thank goodness! I can sleep soundly.. Welcome to Bloomington Coach C!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 9:50 PM EDT

I wouldn’t doubt it if Izzo lobbied for Crean. I was in East Lansing when the MSU’s football coach left for Lousiana in 2000. The campus was in a state of depression. Izzo wanted the San
Francisco coach to come to E.L.. Rumor was that he was coming. They love Izzo up in E.L.. It fell through.

Izzo lobbying for a rival program is not too far fetched. You’ll see his statue on the red cedar river one day.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 10:06 PM EDT

Wow. I agree. Seven posts since the hire. This beats the snot out of the IndyStar blog.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 10:08 PM EDT

Bogey One is scheduled to land at Monroe County Airport at 10:19pm.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 10:18 PM EDT

I can’t believe we got this lucky! Great hire.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 10:23 PM EDT

Coach Crean is in Bloomington. Plane landed at 10:06. Welcome to the IU family!

Mark K
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 10:43 PM EDT

A quick look at the Crean family name and origin indicates it’s Irish with a Red and While family crest and the family motto that should resonate well in the Hoosier Nation, especially considering this roller coaster of a phone call folly season:

“Cor mundum crea in me Deus” translated as:

Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Welcome to the Hoosier Nation Family Coach Crean and I’d be happy to buy you a yard of Guiness at the Irish Lion anytime! :-)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 10:44 PM EDT

I am just so glad that Juan Blanco can sleep. I was worried for the White man. Time to become the IU family again. Good news job HT.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 10:46 PM EDT

Yeah, great work with the blog guys! Why do people still read the IndyStar blog? Its worthless.

Mark K
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 10:54 PM EDT

Keep in mind that the final four trip for Marquette in 2003 was their third, but first since 1977 and the then Following Crean’s introductory remarks Marquette’s President, the Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J. said,

“Very early on in this search, we focused in on Tom Crean because we realized he possessed everything we were looking for – great recruiting ability, knowledge of the midwest, successful coaching experience, a tremendous work ethic – and he shared our vision for what this program is capable of becoming.”

Crean issued these remarks upon taking the Marquette job:
“I am very excited about coming to Marquette and beginning a new chapter here. I’m coming with great enthusiasm and a willingness to work as hard as it takes to help the university and the program keep achieving excellence. I’m a part of Marquette University now and the mission here is great,” continued Crean. “It’s a mission of excellence; it’s a mission of understanding; it’s a mission of taking it to another level. That’s what I want our program to be about. We are going to embrace the tradition, we’re going to embrace the challenges out there. We’re going to do it every day and we’re going to do together because we are going to understand that we’re a part of something bigger than ourselves. That’s how you truly win.”

We will fight for
the Crean & Crimson,
For the glory of Old IU…

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 11:05 PM EDT

All speeches are are kind of FULL OF IT. If Crean had said that he would do everyting possible to make Marquette great till he found another programme he’d have been out in a heart beat. People must be very circumspect when telling the truth. Just imaging Crean giving an acceptance speech that about his dedication to I.U. till a pro team offers him 10 million per year.

Sorry about the cynicism.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 11:10 PM EDT

Hey, good luck with Crean, Wisconsin can now beat him twice a year!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 11:11 PM EDT

Is the press conference going to be open to the public cuz i want to go

Mark K
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 11:19 PM EDT

Marquette recruit Nick Williams who signed a Letter
of for Marquette has reportedly(Fox News in Milwaukee) asked out of his LOI and I wonder if he might follow Crean to IU? We may need a shooting guard like him, especially if Bassett and Ellis don’t return to the team.

#19 Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 11:57 PM EDT

It’s almost midnight and we’re just finishing putting up tomorrow’s H-T together so this is my first chance to tackle a couple of the questions and comments posted earlier here.

One was whether I’ve heard that Izzo told Crean to go for this job and whether Crean took a pay cut to accept it. I don’t have answers to those questions tonight, but I’ll be surprised if Crean took a pay cut. That would be unusual.

Also, I did see that the IDS got some info from Jamarcus. We’re using that in tomorrow’s H-T and citing the IDS for reporting it. Apparently, Jamarcus talked about his situation after our reporter, Zak, had left.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Hoosier Scoop tonight and especially to those who shared your comments. What a wild few days it’s been for Indiana basketball news and it’s not over yet.


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