McCallum lands at Detroit Mercy

Former Indiana assistant Ray McCallum will be announced as the new coach at the University of Detroit Mercy today.

McCallum, who has head coaching experience at Ball State and Houston, came to Indiana along with Kelvin Sampson two years ago. But it was well known that he wanted a head coaching job and was waiting for the right opportunity to come along; he turned down Indiana State last year.

It appears as though McCallum never sought a spot on Tom Crean’s staff. He had been mentioned as a possible replacement for Stan Joplin at Toledo, and many MAC people pushed hard for his return to the conference (Joplin, by the way, has been mentioned as a possible Crean assistant on the message boards but won’t be, according to sources).

McCallum leaving is a huge blow to the Bloomington North program. Ray McCallum Jr. was quickly developing into one of the top players in the state. He’s a high Division I prospect at point guard.

The Titans play in the Horizon League and are probably best known for being the place where the loudest college hoops fan of them all, Dick Vitale, coached in the 1970s.

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  • Jamie #1

    Friday, April 11, 2008 - 1:47 PM EDT

    Congratulations coach! Best of luck to you.

  • northsider #2

    Friday, April 11, 2008 - 2:41 PM EDT

    Good news for the Coach, sad day for BHSN. Ray Jr. is an asset to both the school and the team. Good luck to the McCallum family!

  • ! #3

    Friday, April 11, 2008 - 2:50 PM EDT


    carma sucks. doesn’t it hodson.

  • alum #4

    Friday, April 11, 2008 - 3:40 PM EDT

    Great news for McCallum. He will be a class act. To bad for IU because I think he just got stuck in the middle of a huge mess. Lucky for him he can land a great job. To bad for Bloomington that this family is leaving town. They are definately a class act.

  • Jared #5

    Friday, April 11, 2008 - 4:16 PM EDT

    Karma? What’d Hodson do? Haven’t heard much about him?

  • Hoosier Hoopster/Grad #6

    Friday, April 11, 2008 - 6:18 PM EDT

    Best of luck to you Ray, Jr. — you’re a terrific player and we’ll miss you. I hope you’ll still consider IU, and wish you the best.

  • Chris Nunn #7

    Friday, April 11, 2008 - 6:36 PM EDT

    Andy Hodson is guilty of nothing. You have to be a South fan or an Edgewood fan, Im sorry that Ray tore your schools up, and you couldnt buy him away like you do your other athletes

  • Jared #8

    Friday, April 11, 2008 - 6:37 PM EDT

    Doesn’t matter who Holmes recruits to South. He’ll never do anything in the tournament when it really matters. He takes talented teams and routinely underachieves with them.

  • sid the kid #9

    Friday, April 11, 2008 - 6:52 PM EDT

    Jared you are blind or mentally ill.
    Every single south basketball player this year was a over achiever.
    Holmes doesn’t recruit players,players or their parents would rather see them play at south because most players overachievers.

    North on the otherhand has some great players with great attitudes ( ray would be a prime example along with pretty much every other d 1 player from north) the rest of them are not team oriented or hate the coaching staff.

  • Jared #10

    Friday, April 11, 2008 - 9:57 PM EDT

    sid you must be a kid because that doesn’t make any sense at all. if that team overachieved this year, and lost in the first game of sectionals then lord knows what they would have done if they underachieved….maybe not make the bus ride to columbus? you’re kidding yourself. sorry, but south always chokes come tourney time and it doesn’t matter how great they were during the regular season. A season’s true success is determined in the tournament.

  • rob #11

    Friday, April 11, 2008 - 10:31 PM EDT

    jared, you must be jealous………….why spend your time cutting down south? i guess that makes you feel better about yourself. you obviously don’t know what went on at south this year, so if i were you i would keep the comments to yourself so you dont look so bad………..maybe if you played for south they would win a lot more games……….come on down to the southside and we’ll see what you can do.

  • batesville bob #12

    Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 9:54 AM EDT

    bloom south didn’t recruit kyree jones?

  • rob #13

    Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 11:01 AM EDT

    No, he wanted to play with quality players, one being Jordan Hulls, that is why he came. He wanted to get away from the environment he was in. He should have stayed………he would have also been on the Jr. All Star Team, but to much moving around. I am sure JR would like to have players for 4 years, not 1. It is not recruiting that south does, it is that players want to play for a solid basketball program that is well known in the state………..thats about it…

  • rob #14

    Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 11:03 AM EDT

    this article is about McCallum……..goodluck to his family and best of luck to Ray Jr.

  • Hoosier4LIFE #15

    Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 11:35 AM EDT

    Good luck Coach McCallum. I appreciate your dedication to the basketball program over the last two years. God Bless

  • peace ray ray #16

    Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 12:02 AM EDT

    Hodson is the worst coach in Indiana, he is a disgrace to basketball and Coach Mcckinney…talented players like josh dorsey trent beane jake mullinex and more quit because he was awful. I bet 100% if north had a different coach north would have a very good team rather than looking for ray and dee to carry them every game. But good luck to you ray in Detriot.


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