We hardly get a full idea of how Tom Crean is feeling whenever we meet with him for interviews. He generally hurries in after practice, and few coaches are ever pleased following a practice. This is probably the mark of any truly successful person: they are rarely placated.
Today, though, you could tell that Crean feels on edge heading into the game with Kentucky. His comments were less expansive than usual. He tried to temper the excitement caused by the Pittsburgh while also setting that game up as a major building step.
He gave every indication of being the head coach for a team whose fan base felt that loving feeling a few days ago, which only expanded expectations for a rivalry game that happens to come against one of the most talented college basketball teams in the country. Few who watched last year will soon forget the way the Wildcats trounced the Hoosiers from the first whistle. And this Kentucky team is much more formidable. Of course the Hoosiers have changed a bit since then, as well.
Anyway, here are thoughts from Crean and a few of his players:
Jio Fontan, a 6-foot, 185-pound point guard transferring from Fordham University, said Friday that he has a scholarship offer from Indiana and that he hopes to visit Bloomington. That visit, however, will not be Saturday for the IU-Kentucky game as was initially reported.
“I guess it was just a little bit of miscommunication between myself, the coaches and my dad,” Fontan said. “It just came down to communication. But I talked to (assistant coach Roshown McLeod) and maybe that visit will happen later on this month.” (more…)
At 1 p.m. today, the pork to Chris and Dustin’s chicken will begin. It’s the high school sports live chat. You’re invited, if you’d like to talk IU-related items (Matt Carlino, basketball recruiting, football recruiting, how Mo Moriarty is a sore loser, etc…).
Cody Zeller is trying to become the best of both of his brothers, Luke and Tyler. Monty Howell | Herald-Times
Rumors circulating today that an announcement about IU’s next soccer coach will be made tomorrow are not true, athletic director Fred Glass said moments ago.
“We’ve made good progress and Chris (Reynolds, the sports administrator for soccer) has talked to a lot of people,” he said. “But with the College Cup this weekend, we’re in a bit of a quiet period.”
Glass and Reynolds accompanied the basketball team to New York City earlier this week, and were kept busy with that. Glass has yet to even meet with any of the candidates for soccer coach.
“We’ll certainly begin in earnest again early next week,” he said.
Who has two thumbs and has to guard Patrick Patterson on Saturday? This guy. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
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