Crean on the Big Ten call

We just got back from Evanston about an hour ago. I wanted to get some of Tom Crean’s words from the Big Ten call this morning on the blog, and I decided it might be best if I just post all of it.

I’ll post a disclaimer here. When someone’s speaking off the cuff, he don’t always speak in perfect syntax, etc., so there are places where what he said made a lot more sense when he was saying it than it does in print.

I’m posting it as a Q&A. The questions aren’t quoted exactly, mostly because there were some overly long questions on my part. They’re shortened to get to the point. The interview follows.

Q: Coach, if you’d like to give an opening statement?

A: “I think right now where we’re at, we’re watching the film. We worked late into the night. I love this in the sense of trying to figure out how we can get better, whether it’s the film work, the coaches, being together with the players. Just putting everybody in the same tight little box is when it comes to how are we going to improve. That’s the key for us right now.  The key is not for us to look at the record. The key is not for us to look down the road. The key is for us to stay absolutely in the present and make the corrections that we can make. A lot of that is going to come from practice and a lot of it is going to come from guys doing some soul-searching and saying ‘Hey, we can play better, I can play better. I can move the ball btter, I can defend better. It’s our job to help get them convinced of that.  That’s where we’re at today. I’m looking forward to the day. I’m looking forward to the week. (more…)

Source confirms, Pease leaving for Boise State

A source has confirmed that Indiana offensive coordinator Brent Pease is going back to Boise State to be the offensive coordinator. Pease was the assistant head coach/wide receivers coach at Boise before leaving to take the Indiana job on Dec. 29, but then Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin left to take the same position at Texas.

An official announcement from Boise State is expected later today.

Belcher returning for senior year

Most probably expected this, but Indiana’s other top wide receiver is coming back. Damarlo Belcher will return for his senior year.

From IU Sports Information:


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana wide receiver Damarlo Belcher announced Monday that he will not declare for early entry to the 2011 National Football League Draft and will return to the Hoosiers football program for his senior season.

“I believe it is my best interest to return to Indiana University for my senior season,” Belcher said. “One of my goals is to earn my degree and this gives me the opportunity to accomplish that. I am also excited about what we can achieve as a team. I look forward to playing for Coach Wilson and getting back to work with the rest of my teammates.”

Belcher led the Hoosiers with 78 receptions and 832 yards in 2010. His 78 catches rank second on IU’s single-season list, one behind James Hardy’s top mark of 79 set back in 2007, and his 832 yards put him ninth on the single-season chart. Belcher led the Big Ten in receptions and topped the league in catches per game (6.50). He also ranked fourth in the league with 69.3 receiving yards per game and added four touchdowns.

The Fort Wayne, Ind., native became the 15th Hoosier to ever reach 100 career receptions and 1,000 career yards last season. He currently sits third on Indiana’s career list with 164 catches and sixth with 1,939 yards. Hardy is IU’s all-time leader in both categories with 191 receptions and 2,740 yards.

“We are very pleased Damarlo is returning for this upcoming season,” Indiana Head Coach Kevin Wilson said. “He obviously is a tremendous talent and we are excited to continue his development into one of the top receivers in the nation. Not only is he going to improve on the field, but he is going to work very hard toward earning his degree, which is an important goal for all of our student-athletes.”

ScoopTalk: Another loss

Photos: Indiana vs. Northwestern

IU’s losing streak reaches six

EVANSTON, Ill. — Indiana fell behind by as many as 24 points after a miserable first half and fell 93-81 to Northwestern, continuing its six-game losing streak and remaining winless in the Big Ten.

Northwestern junior forward John Shurna scored 24 points to lead the Wildcats, and needed just nine field goal attempts to do so. Center Luka Mirkovic had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Michael Thompson had 16 points and eight assists and freshman guard JerShon Cobb added 11 points.

The Wildcats knocked down 10 of 20 3-point attempts and killed the Hoosiers on backdoor cuts in the Princeton offense, shooting 49.1 percent from the field.

The Hoosiers fell behind 40-28 in the first half and didn’t get back within double digits until the final minutes. (more…)

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