Crean: good basketball coach, best Tweeter (ever)

Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean is on Twitter.

Since joining on April 16, he has provided 31 updates and accumulated more than 800 followers.

And he’s a good Tweeter.

Some of his hits include:

  • My wife hates when i am on the phone to much when driving. Almost side swiped a car today on the phone with a recruit.
  • When you have to eat in a hurry but dont want fast food you can never go wrong with a authentic Mexican restraunt. A meal served in 5 minutes! HUGE!
  • Unless there is something i missed YOUNG JEEZY will b performing at the little 500 next week. Bloomington is HUGE
  • Has coach izzo shaved his head yet???? I still say no way
  • Paul davis from msu and the clippers is trying 2 find the girl of his dreams on bravo. A indiana alum would never need a show 2 get a date

First off, he is so right about the Mexican places. One time at Casa Brava the dude handed me my enchiladas while I was still trying to decide what to have. They’re quick. And delicious.

Second off, if you’ve been holding out from the Twitter craze you now have a reason to join. Though I only excerpted the quirkiest tweets, Crean also informs you of what he’s up to (like where he’s recruiting) and what the team is working on (like getting to the rim).

Use the link above to begin following him.

Cream and Crimson spring game

FINAL SCORE: Crimson 28, Cream 27


With 43 seconds left, the Cream went for a two-point conversion to win the game. They ran it up the middle with Burgess and were stuffed for no gain. It looks like the Crimson will hang on, 28-27.


A penalty for excessive celebration and a long Doss kickoff return have given the Cream the ball at the Crimson 46 to start their final drive. And Bryan Payton took it the distance around end on the first play. It’s 28-27. It looks like they’ll go for two.


Teddy Schell has connected on an 48-yard pass to Chris Banks to pull the Crimson ahead, 28-21, with 1:01 remaining.


Observations from Louisville

LOUISVILLE — The company van is currently driving up I-65 and disobeying the GPS unit (the jaunty British woman wants us to take a series of small roads up to Bloomington, instead of I-65 to IN-46). If you see us, feel free to honk.

Chris Korman and I were down in Louisville for the second straight weekend to watch the opening day of the Grassroots Shootout.

Most of the Indiana Elite teams were in attendance, but playing up an age level.

Chris, who is behind the wheel, will tell all of you what he thought of Austin Etherington, Jeremiah Davis, Dee Davis and some others later.

For now, you’ll have to deal with me. (more…)

Avery, former UK commit, visits Indiana

LOUISVILLE — Michael Avery, a 6-foot-4 guard from Lake Sherwood (Calif.), visited the Indiana basketball program Friday morning.

Avery, who is in Louisville this weekend to play for the 16u Indiana Elite Team Indiana team at the Grassroots Shootout, made national news when he committed to Kentucky as an eighth-grader in the spring of 2008.

But that verbal commitment went to former coach Billy Gillespie, not new coach John Calipari.

Avery, who is a member of the class of 2012, said he asked his AAU coach Mark Adams if he could visit the campus and talk to the Indiana coaching staff.

Avery said that Crean said he likes that Avery keeps his head up and is always looking to make passes. (more…)

Thursday 11 a.m. Indiana sports Q&A

Soccer in the springtime

I’m at Bill Armstrong Stadium for some spring soccer this evening. We’ve got 30 minutes left to go between Indiana and IUPUI, but so far tonight, no goals in 150 minutes of soccer.

The Hoosiers are playing a 3-5-2 formation this spring after playing a 4-4-2 last fall. In the first game vs. Cincinnati, the IU lineup was: Will Bruin and Alex Purdie at forward; Darren Yeagle, Eric Alexander, Andy Adlard, Nick Blevins and Lee Hagedorn at midfield; Caleb Konstanski, Tommy Meyer and Cameron Jordan in back with goalkeeper Luis Soffner.

In the second game, IU started: forwards Neil Wilmarth and Tim Wylie; midfielders Tyler McCarroll, Joe Tolen, Alex Boler, Adlard and Max Weston; defenders Chris Haffner, Ofori Sarkodie and Daniel Kelly with goalkeeper Nate Mitchell.

I’ll have a story about the Hoosiers spring progress in a few days, but right now I’d just like to see somebody score a goal.

UPDATE: It was a perfect night – 180 minutes with no goals.

Nick Williams will transfer

Indiana freshman guard Nick Williams has decided to seek a transfer and will not return to the program.

His departure has been the subject of message board chatter for a few weeks, but Williams and coach Tom Crean continued to discussing the matter before deciding that it would be best if Williams, who was not pleased with his role last season, moved on.

Click here to read our whole story.

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