Wisconsin 78, Indiana 46 (Crean, 2 Technicals)

Crean thinks about jumping back into the fray.

You see the story above (in the headline).

Wisconsin once again had little trouble handling the Hoosiers.

But this time, Tom Crean flipped out.

He was hit with two quick technical fouls midway through the second half.

He had to be restrained by players and assistants before eventually making his way to the locker room.

When he arrived, he body-checked the ever-loving crap out of the door there.

We’re waiting for his post-game press conference. We’ll have more on that later.

UPDATE, 12:24 a.m.

Dustin Dopirak here. Tom Crean said a good bit in that press conference without actually saying it. He wouldn’t say exactly what happened to get him the technical, but made it pretty obvious that it didn’t have that much to do with officiating and he was making a point to his players.

“It happened,” Crean said. “I don’t know really what else to say. I’m not going to be evasive, but I’m really not going to be able to say much more than that. I have a responsibility here, and it wouldn’t matter where I’m coaching. But here, there is a passion, people are used to a certain thing. So am I. There’s going to be a mentality that we’re going to play with and I’m going to coach with.”

The players said they got the point.

“He was definitely trying to make a point,” freshman forward Derek Elston said. “He doesn’t need to do it like that any more. He kind of got his point across and he got it across in the locker room. And we just gotta come out and fight. … He just told us to be a team that needs to come in here and fight, really. He doesn’t want anybody to just lay back and take this as just another loss, or whatever.”

AUDIO: Crean talks more about showing passion

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AUDIO: Jeremiah Rivers calls Tom Crean’s technicals “an outcry of his passion.”

Crean argues with Jim Burr.

Wisconsin at Indiana: Discuss it here

Saffold’s combine includes meeting with Johnson

INDIANAPOLIS — Rodger Saffold has already been through a lot of interviews in the two days he’s been at Indianapolis for the NFL Combine. Most have them have been with people he has never seen before, but people who get to determine at least part of his future.

It was comforting for the former Indiana offensive tackle, therefore, that he saw at least one familiar face in one of those interviews. Among the coaches he met during his interview with the Buffalo Bills was assistant offensive line coach Bobby Johnson, who just joined the Bills after coaching Saffold at Indiana.

“It’s always good seeing your coach down there,” Saffold said. “When you get in the interview and he’s staring at you, you kind of look at everybody else. It was very, very good. Talking to him really made me feel more comfortable out here, especially when I’m the only Indiana offensive lineman out here.” (more…)

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Indiana coach Tom Crean talks to Verdell Jones and Jordan Hulls during the final minutes of a loss to Wisconsin. Chris Howell | Herald-Times


Crean discusses using the bench for lessons

Tom Crean wishes using the bench was more of an option.

If he could, the Indiana coach said, he would be much quicker to pull players who weren’t performing up to his standards so that they really understood that they had screwed up and what the consequences could be.

“There’s nothing that gets their attention more,” Crean said Wednesday in media availability for Thursday’s 9 p.m. game against Wisconsin at Assembly Hall. “There’s nothing. … There’s no tool, and I don’t think you really understand that until you’re a head coach.”

But Crean argues that on this team, that isn’t nearly as much of an option. The depth, he says, simply isn’t there, and the facts seem to back him up. (more…)

Abraham moves back visit to March 6

Moses Abraham is pushing back his Indiana visit from Thursday’s to March 6 because his school, Progressive Christian Academy, scheduled a make-up game for Thursday night.

“If they’ve got two teams and an open gym, they’re going to play,” Abraham’s advisor/guardian Joe Boncore said. “They’ve had eight games cancelled, so they had to make them up. We’re going to try to make it out for the Northwestern game.”

Boncore said there was little to no chance Abraham would push back the visit any further, however. He said Abraham plans on making his decision by March 7.

“Mo just wants to get it over with,” Boncore said. “And he has a training regiment we’re starting the second week of March that’s going to take him through August. He wants to be done with it by then.”

Boncore said he was uncertain whether the visit would be official or unofficial, but that he wasn’t really concerned about footing the bill for the visit.

“It’s Southwest,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter.”

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