(From Monday’s Big Ten teleconference call. Audio was just archived today)
Tom Crean won’t have as short of a trip to see his brothers-in-law Jim and John Harbaugh in the Super Bowl as he would have last season if the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers had won their respective conference championship games and played in Indianapolis. But all the same, the Harbaugh Super Bowl is now a reality and Crean said he’s enjoying it with his wife Joani and her family.
“It was incredible,” Crean said when asked what it was like to see them both win on Sunday. “It really was. We found out that Jim won while we were on the plane, and that was exciting. We’d watched it until about the eight-minute mark at the airport while we were getting ready to leave, adn then we got to watch the Ravens win. Then the happiness for Joani’s mom and dad, the happiness for Joani. We’ve talked to Jim, we hadn’t talked to John late last night yet. But it’s hard to describe it. It’s hard to put it into words. It’s a great family who puts others ahead of themselves. I think the thing that stands out to me most about those two is how much they truly truly care about the players as people and their team. And not just as players and not jut as people who perform on the football field, but the way those people are as men. That’s just a shining example and that’s exciting to me.”
Crean was also asked about the recoveries of Maurice Creek and Derek Elston. Elston only played a minute on Sunday. Creek dressed for Sunday’s game but didn’t enter. He hasn’t played since the Butler game on Dec. 15.
“Maurice is just coming back and has not had any full practices yet whatsoever,” Crean said. “He was available (Sunday) but it was just not the time nor the place yet. But that’s coming and that should be this week. Derek had not practiced until really some of Friday. He had a tough week just with not being where he needed to be health wise. We put him in and he didn’t do a bad job at all. But when they went to the zone and you haven’t played in a very long time, I didn’t want anybody that was tentative in that. I think it will be good for him to be able to help us this week. We really would like to get those two integrated back to where they can be an integral part of the game for us.”