Crean feisty on radio show…about somewhat random topics

You might have expected a few edgy responses from Tom Crean in his radio show Monday night, considering that his Indiana squad is coming off back-to-back losses. And the Indiana coach had a few, but not in response to the questions you’d think.

When asked about his team’s defensive shortcomings and other issues in the losses to Minnesota and Ohio State, his responses stayed mostly along the same lines as they were after the game and on the Big Ten teleconference on Monday morning. He’s tried to make teaching points in film sessions, and has stated plainly that the Hoosiers haven’t been physical enough the past two games.

“We weren’t as physical as we needed to be,” Crean said. “And we didn’t come back and pop (Ohio State) when we needed to. … Bottom line of the week is we missed shots we’ve been making. I don’t think we played with the confidence that good teams gotta have when the shots aren’t going. You can’t rely on the shots. We had a tough week shooting the ball. We didn’t play great defense. We certainly weren’t as aware, alert as we needed to be the other night. Yesterday we didn’t respond to the physicality of the game as well and at the end of the day we didn’t make shots we were making. This team has shot the ball well all year. What we’ve gotta do when those shots aren’t going is we have to be able to overcome that.”

But two seemingly innocuous questions got Crean rolling on tangents that led him to take a couple of broad digs, including one at assistant coaches of opposing staffs he didn’t name.

Crean was first asked about his assistant coaches and what their roles are.

“I think when you get to the game and you get out there at early at Indiana, you don’t see our (assistants) hob-nobbing with national media members and sitting on the sideline and relaxing,” Crean said. “We don’t have a team of guys that are out wearing their Beats headphones as they’re warming up. Our guys are out there working with them. I don’t have a group of guys that are grandstanders, that are looking to get an article done about them. I’ve got a group of guys that are really, really hungry to make the team better. That’s game night.”

He went on to say that the assistants help a lot with the scout, and obviously with recruiting. He then went back on attack mode and said he only had one problem with his staff.

“Our coaches, they’re very tolerant, and sometimes I don’t like that,” Crean said. “They’re tolerant of some of the things we see in recruiting. They’re tolerant of some of the negativity. They’re tolerant of some of the grandstand assistant coaches that run their mouth constantly against us in recruiting and want to talk about development, yet they’re the guys that are cheerleading and hob-nobbing and all of those kinda things. It’s about making your players better, and I don’t think there’s any question whatsoever that our coaches are making our players better. … I’m not good with silver spoon coaches. I’m not good with male models. I’m not good with guys who need to have a lot said and written about ’em. I’m good with guys that roll up their sleeves and get to work.  I think that’s what we’ve got.”

Crean also took the opportunity of a question about his emotions when junior forward Christian Watford hit his buzzer-beater to beat Kentucky to fire back at Kentucky players who said it was a lucky shot.

“It was a hard-earned shot,” Crean said. “Every time I walk by that picture I see Marquis Teague coming from behind and Darius Miller come straight up with him. With our team, it’s like today. When we look at the game, we look at the scoreboard. We didn’t win the game. We look at the scoreboard and it is what it is. Our job is to get into that film room and correct it. When we beat Kentucky, all I would say to everybody there, look at the scoreboard. We beat Kentucky. I know I saw the comments out of Lexington where the players referred to it as a lucky shot and they had a two-point lead, but at the end of the day, you lost the game and we won it. There were times inside of the game at the seven minute when I felt we should be up by more. It was a very good game and it was a great shot. We’re not giving the scoreboard back. We’re not giving the win back. We’re not giving the Ohio State win up here back, and the bottom line is we didn’t earn it yesterday. You just move forward, you keep moving forward and trying to get better.”

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  • FireCrean2011 says:

    Any insight guys on which asst coaches he is talking about? Is it Paulus at Ohio State? I mean they were just there, and CTC’s emotions are high…

  • hoosierfaninky says:

    Get em Crean!! Any coach who would try to convince a kid that Crean doesn’t improve his players must be one hell of a poker player!! Imagine saying that with a straight face.

  • Geoff says:

    Wow! I take back my comment yesterday about coaches interviews being irrelevant. That was amazing.

    “I’m not good with male models.” are you kidding me? That’s an all-time classic!

    I actually might consider a twitter account if I thought I’d get nuggets like that.

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    …and there is an example of that competitive drive…

  • John H. says:

    Greg Paulus is the first assistant coach that comes to my mind…

  • joseph estrada says:

    Love it. I hadn’t heard about those comments from UK players, but it made my day reading Crean’s response. Comments like the ones from Lexington show how deeply we wounded their pride, and how completely embarrassed they were. The videos and photos of that moment will be around for a long, long time… and Teague and Miller will always be in those shots.

  • elmo says:

    I still don,t know what he sais, mostly gobble gook,sentences don,t even make sense.

  • JohnFromBeyond says:

    I’m pretty tolerant of spelling errors but for God’s sake learn the difference between an apostrophe and a comma! Talk about gobblety gook… Pot to kettle: you’re black.

  • psych says:

    Kind of like your sentence, elmo? Pretty pathetic use of grammar and punctuation. Love what Crean said about the UK game as well. I have too many UK fans still telling me UK should have won that game.

  • Jr IU says:

    Hey elmo,
    You might want to turn your spell check on. I would continue working on that GED! Reading is fundamental!

  • Daburns0 says:

    J Estrada, there is actually video of Calipari saying the same crap. What a bunch of Morons. I guess UNC should say that Davis’ block was luck and that they won that game. There was some stupid assistant on OSU bench that kept motioning a travel every time our guys drove to the basket. Maybe once you can do that, but 10 times? If I were Matta I would kick that guy off the staff. He looked like a dope doing that.

  • IndianaWildcat says:

    Why is he even talking about the UK game?? Get over it, for God’s sake. It was a good win for IU and there are always going to be people talking trash about it, why address it? If you think UK is really that upset about it, you’re delusional. Maybe if that game meant something, but honestly, in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t mean anything. Worry about your Big Ten schedule, not a win you got earlier in the season.

  • Chet says:

    Yeah, when one of the top three point shooters in the country hits an open three you can chalk that up to luck. He was lucky quite a few times that game.

  • Daburns0 says:

    IndianaWildcat: Why don’t you take your own advice and worry about your own team, and not one that handed you a loss a month ago. “Worry about you SEC schedule, and not a loss you got earlier in the season.” 🙂

  • Mass.Hoosier says:

    I thought the same. Watford hit that shot, from the same spot, about four times that game. I guess IU was LUCKY Kensuckey didn’t play defense on any of those shots. Obviously Coach Crean is perturbed about something with the OSU staff. Been that way for a few years now.

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    Daburns0, That was beautiful. Even though he supports pUKe being from Indiana means he should get the drift.

  • Davis25 says:

    The fact that we basically led the whole game until right b4 the end is enough to tell any idiotic pUKe fan that luck had nothing to do with that game. They were outplayed, plain and simple!

  • Chet says:

    Well, if I was IndianaWildcat I’d be embarrassed, too. Naturally, he wants people to forget about the Kentucky players talking crap like that. But then, I can’t imagine our guys saying that kind of thing. In all fairness, when you field a team of freshmen every year it’s hard to develop leadership.

  • iuhoosier1992 says:

    Chet, I keep asking friends of mine that are Kentucky fans if they really like the direction that the Kentucky program is going. I always ask how long KU fans are going to put up with bringing in a new roster every year, getting lots of win, getting high rankings, but due to lack of experience in big games, never win a national title. They usually say that Calipari probably won’t be around long in that scenario because it is still about national titles at KU and if he can’t deliver them, then the KU fan base will get him removed. I tell them, then you better get ready to find a new coach because that is all they will ever get out of Calipari.

  • Hoosieralum2009 says:

    Point is, the only reason he’s talking about the Kentucky game is because he was asked a question about his reaction to the end of the game by someone else. It’s kind of hard not to talk about the game when he was asked to do so.

  • Chet says:

    Hoosieralum2009, correct.

    iuhoosier1992, Calipari has never even been to a Final Four. At least that’s what the NCAA says.

  • Stonecutter says:

    Chet. Do you have that short of a memory? I guess with the past seasons you guys have had, I should expect you to repress them.

    Funny how this is already becoming about UK. Your coach is begging for attention, and you guys talk about Calipari and UK.

    Good stuff.

  • Johnny says:

    Uk (not KU)was in the final four last year. I understand…you were watching the NIT.

  • Scott says:

    LOL Creen can take his 3 point win in Bloomington when half of the OSU team was on the bench by the first TV timeout with 2 fouls. I’m sure Matta will take the total blowout this weekend. 14 points at halftime Creen? Really? That coulda been a 40 point beatdown if Matta had kept his foot on the gas…maybe you should start complaining about your own assistant coaches before you start worrying about anybody else’s. Maybe Matta will be nice at the B1G tournamnet and only let his guys be up by 20 at halftime…

  • creanisajoke says:

    Tom Crean is still crying? I hope he took off his ladies glasses so he didn’t smear the lenses with tears of jealousy. Crean is SO MAD that Thad Matta keeps out-recruiting him in the state of Indiana. And beating his arse on the court.

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