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QUESTION: MODERATOR: Welcome to today’s IU sports chat. Thanks for joining us. Busy sports weekend so without further delay let’s get started.
How are you today?
Jeremy: Just trying to stay afloat, literally, on this Friday. Feel free to rain down questions upon us.
Mike: Can’t complain. Hope to make it through this week’s chat without a transfer, commitment or other IU basketball transaction. Let’s do it.
Andy: H-T chatology now in session.
QUESTION: Hey fellas,
I really enjoyed Jeremy’s column on Monday about Crean. Very valid and to the point. My only question is whether the time is right to make sure the next hire is an elite coach. If you know you aren’t going to get an elite coach right now, doesn’t it make sense to keep Crean, evaluate him going forward, and make the move when you know you know you have a slam dunk?
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Jeremy : soup,
Thanks for reading and enjoying the column.
I agree that the timing is a humongous x-factor in all of this, and you could certainly do worse than keep Crean around for another year. Settling for a second-tier option will put IU back in the same spot a few years from now, which doesn’t do anybody any good. There would absolutely have to be a slam dunk or two on the line if and when a move was made.
That said, if we’ve reached the toxic point where neither side is satisfied with how this is working out, is delaying the inevitable healthy? There are recruiting classes for 2016, ’17 and beyond to consider, especially if people are seeing Crean as a lame duck coach. And the measure that athletic director Fred Glass uses also has to evaluate what’s happening not just on the outside of the program, but inside where we don’t get to see day in and day out.
It’s a fascinating debate, but the fact we’re even having the discussion is a bit of an indictment of where things stand. (more…)
Friday’s rain put a halt to Indiana’s series opener against Michigan.
The Hoosiers and Wolverines will start their weekend series with a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 1:05 p.m. The second game will follow approximately 45 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Fans may redeem tickets originally printed for Friday’s game for admission at any time on Saturday.
The series will conclude as schedule with Sunday’s first pitch at 1:05 p.m.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
IU football coach Kevin Wilson is still searching for a defense to catch up with his offense, Mike writes.
Hoosier wide receivers have something to prove after a disappointing 2014 season, Mike writes.
2. IT’S INDIANA
The Orlando Magic are trying to conjure a future for its non-shooting backcourt of Elfrid Payton and former Hoosier Victor Oladipo, Zach Lowe of grantland.com writes.
Brad Stevens says he’ll be in Boston, but it’s hard not to be curious about his chat with Pacers vice chairman and IU board of trustees member Jim Morris, Scott Agness of vigilantsports.com writes.
The Final Four coaches all rank among the top 10 highest paid coaches, a group that includes Tom Crean at No. 9, Matthew Glenesk of the Indianapolis Star writes.
Despite Thursday night’s match with Wright State being canceled, the IU soccer team is still trying to find replacement parts this spring, Michael Hughes of the Indiana Daily Student writes.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Since what lies ahead seems to be a theme, here’s Leonard Cohen live with “The Future.”
Section J, Row 18 has been Ken Nunn’s home for Indiana men’s basketball games for each of the last four decades.
The Bloomington attorney estimates he’s missed only a handful games over that span, while his “Ken Nunn Loves IU Basketball” advertisements have become part of the Assembly Hall experience.
Now, Nunn will have a more permanent presence when renovations to the 44-year-old structure are complete.
Indiana announced Wednesday that Nunn has made a $2 million gift to the university and, in recognition, the new south entryway to the arena will be named the Ken Nunn Champions Plaza when the renovated Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall opens in the Fall of 2016.
“I love it,” Nunn said. “It’s a dream come true.”
Construction to renovate Assembly Hall began this week and a ceremonial public groundbreaking ceremony will be held in front of Cook Hall on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
The renovation of Assembly Hall was announced in December 2013 when IU Athletics received a $40 million gift — the largest in its history — from alumna Cindy Simon Skjodt. The building will be renamed for her upon completion of the project.
This week, Nunn added his name to the renovation plans.
“They came to me and they gave me this opportunity,” Nunn said. “I said, ‘Definitely. I want to be part of this and thank you very much for asking me.’ It’s truly an honor to be here and be part of this and have something that I didn’t have before. You always want to be more a part of the project.” (more…)
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Replacing Tevin Coleman is going to require a running back by committee approach, Mike writes.
Former IU women’s player Taylor Agler announced plans to head to Texas Tech Tuesday morning, then her father, Brian, hired former IU coach Curt Miller as an assistant with the L.A. Sparks in the afternoon, I wrote.
Indiana baseball rallied past Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon in Lexington, we reported.
2. IT’S INDIANA
It’s two different paths to perfection when it comes to ’76 Indiana and ’15 Kentucky, Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star writes.
Members of the ’76 Hoosiers are actually rooting for Kentucky to finish its unbeaten quest, Alec Brzezinski of The Sporting News writes.
Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld is back this spring leading the Indiana offense, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
A Q-and-A with rising sophomore receiver Simmie Cobbs, by Sam Buishuizen of the Indiana Daily Student.
IU’s Jason Spriggs is still growing into one of the Big Ten’s best offensive linemen, Brian Bennett of ESPN.com writes.
A Q-and-A with Indiana target and McDonald’s All-American Thomas Bryant, by Ryan Corazza of Inside the Hall.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Let’s combine April Fool’s Day and sports to get “Foolish Games” by Jewel.
Former Indiana University women’s basketball coach Curt Miller, who abruptly resigned last July, was named an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday. Miller will work under Sparks head coach Brian Agler, the father of former IU player Taylor Agler, who announced earlier in the day that she was headed to Texas Tech.
Miller has not spoken to the media since his resignation, which cited personal health and family reasons for his departure.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to serve as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Sparks,” Miller said in a Sparks press release. “The chance to join coach Brian Agler, the all-time winningest coach in women’s professional basketball, was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I would also like to thank Penny Toler and the ownership group for their belief that I can be a valuable part of the team and help position ourselves for championships.”
Terms of Miller’s deal with the Sparks were not disclosed.
At Indiana, Miller compiled a 32-32 record in two seasons from 2012-2014, including a program record 14 straight wins to start the 2013-14 season, which ended with a school record-tying 21 victories.
Reached by phone, Agler said he was not concerned that whatever issues led to Miller’s departure from the Hoosiers would be a factor in Los Angeles.
“He left for personal reasons, and I was very thorough on finding out as much information as possible,” said Agler, who is preparing for his first season with the Sparks after spending the last seven seasons with the Seattle Storm. “I feel like I did my due diligence there. That being said, I think Curt is one of the best coaches in the country. I have a lot of respect for him, having known him for a period of time.
“He has a great mind for the game at the offensive end and does a great job developing players. My job is to put the best staff together I possibly can. This is just how it worked out. A year ago, I had no idea I’d be in LA, and a year ago nobody knew Curt wouldn’t be coaching Indiana.”
In 13 seasons as a head coach, Miller compiled a 290-124 record with Indiana and Bowling Green. His coaching experience also includes serving as an assistant coach with Colorado State (1998-01), Syracuse (1994–98) and Cleveland State (1991-94).
Tom Crean was a popular guy on ESPN properties on Tuesday, appearing on “Mike and Mike” this morning before speaking to Andy Katz on “Katz’s Corner” later in the day.
Crean spent most of his time on both appearances talking about Michigan State and Wisconsin advancing to the Final Four, but closed his comments with Katz with an update on injured forward Devin Davis’ chances of a return season.
“The chances are good,” Crean said. “He’s back doing workouts. We started individual workouts yesterday. (He’s) nowhere near the contact, or getting up and down the court. Just trying to get him better with his shot, but he’s still a long ways off from where he’s going to play. No indication he wouldn’t be able to do that, but to put a timeline on it is still impossible to do.”
On “Mike and Mike,” Crean spoke highly of former boss Tom Izzo at Michigan State, discussing his ability to manage distractions, adjust and gameplan well before and within a game.
Crean said that, having insights into what Izzo has dealt with this season, it was perhaps the best year of coaching that the Spartans’ coach has authored to date.
“The bottom line is for him, this is really big,” Crean said. “He’s had to reinvent his defense. They are so hard to score against when they put the wings on those elbows. It’s not that they cut off penetration at the top of the key, but they make it so hard for you to run your offense and get it to the corners. He’s really made some adjustments defensively.”
On the same program, Michael Smith asked whether Crean and IU administrators have talked about Indiana’s controversial “religious freedom bill.” Crean said those conversations are just beginning.
“We have tremendous leadership,” Crean said. “Whether it’s our athletic director Fred Glass and his team, whether it’s our president, President McRobbie and his team, they’re all progressive. They don’t look at it and say, ‘Let’s just see how it falls out.’ They’re always looking at what we can do as a group and as individuals to make it better.”
Crean was also asked about his superstitions, and whether he believes in such things for his own sake before games, and whether he does anything similar before watching brothers-in-law Jim and John Harbaugh.
“I’ve tried them all in the sense of being at Marquette and Indiana,” Crean said. “In the first couple years at Indiana, I kind of lost all belief in the superstitions because everything we were trying didn’t work. Whether it was the way I drove to work, or the same tie, whether it was what I put in my pocket and held a memento and any of those types of things. I’ve tried all of those things — drive the same way, don’t take another turn, make sure even if it takes longer to go that way. But I’ve kind of grown out of that. With Joani’s brothers, I think she picked up from her mother. She loves to clean the house. I think we have the cleanest house going when Jim or John are getting ready to play. That’s something she picked up from her mom.”
A final note from ESPN today: Jeff Goodman listed Stanford Robinson as one of the top 10 transfers available on the market. Max Hoetzel was also listed, but was not among the best of the best.
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