Before I get into this wine . . .


So I’m at Huber’s Winery, where Tom Crean just wowed a crowd of 850 people at an event that has become, in it’s own little way, legendary. Crean first heard about this gathering — which Kelvin Sampson considered his “Welcome to Indiana Basketball” moment — on the day that Rick Greenspan offered him the job. It was part of Greenspan’s pitch to lure the coach from Marquette.

Crean’s message tonight did not diverge from the message he has delivered since his first day at IU: he deftly navigated the need to acknowledge how difficult the last few months have been for the program with a message of hope for the future.

There will be a full story on this event in tomorrow’s paper, but here are some quick notes:

– Crean said that there is no change in Jordan Crawford’s status. Crawford, who will be the only returning player who came to IU on scholarship, is back in Detroit right now and will not attend summer school. “He doesn’t need to, and I think it’s good for him to get home,” Crean said. “It’s important to remember that those guys have been through a whole lot.”

– Crean said his staff is still looking to add a scholarship player to the team for the upcoming season, if the player fits what he’s looking for. Crean said his staff is not worried about the scholarships number right now and is concentrating on putting together a strong team for next year.

– Crean expects most of the seven new players to be on campus for the second summer session so they can start working with strength trainer Jeff Watkinson, who is currently attending the pre-draft camp in Orlando.

– Football coach Bill Lynch also attended the event. He and his staff are preparing for camps — last year the Hoosiers picked up many of their verbal commitments by bringing players to Bloomington for the June events — and concentrating on recruiting. He gave a brief update on Kellen Lewis, who was not with the team through spring. Lynch said Lewis is doing the things he’s been asked to do but has not yet earned his way back onto the squad. He expects to make a decision on Lewis by the end of June.

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6 comments:

  • IU Jimmy #1


    Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 12:33 AM EDT

    Sounds like a great event. Hopefully Lewis can re-join the football team.

  • BigBillWalsh #2


    Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 1:18 AM EDT

    Thanks for the update!

  • HuskyTom #3


    Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 7:28 AM EDT

    There has been a lot of commotion about Crawford leaving as well due to academic failure. I am glad to see it isn’t as bad.

  • Wil #4


    Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 1:26 PM EDT

    I think if Crawford comes back to Indiana he will be a favorite and one that Indiana fans will be really like. He could take another approach and leave. He would be missing a chance to be a solid citizen who took the road to assisting in getting the program off on the right foot. Indiana people will never forget that.

  • Brett #5


    Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 4:54 PM EDT

    I really want Jordan to come back and play well. He definately would be a number 1 scoring option next year. I think he can consistently provide 15 to 20 a night. There were times, last year when i wondered about his stamina. But some of that may have been misleading. He is one of those guys who do things and make it look effortless.

  • Risk Reward #6


    Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 4:59 PM EDT

    I’m somewhat optimistic about next fall’s team. Think about this past season. Other than DJ White and Tabor, no one else brought it night in and night out. Yes, there was athleticism, but fundamentals and defense were horrible, and even shooting was streaky.

    Even though there will be a learning curve with all these new people, the effort will be refreshing and demanded by Crean. At a minimum I am optimistic about an NIT bid, which isn’t bad for a “rebuilding” year like this one.

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